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The Arches Theatre: Live Theatre Coming In Just Under Two Months!

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Posted by David Pibworth on 24/05/2022 @ 8:00AM

We are The Arches Theatre, Buckinghamshire's quirkiest open-air theatre near Milton Keynes and we kick off our summer 2022 season in just under two months on 21st July. We have a jampacked lineup with something for everyone and a quirky and exciting experience ready and waiting for you ...

We look forward to seeing you at the Arches Theatre for one or more of our performances this summer!

We look forward to seeing you at the Arches Theatre for one or more of our performances this summer!

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Our unique outdoor venue takes its name from the four beautiful disused railway arches, that are used to stage exciting live theatre and music performances over the summer months. Situated in parkland next to the River Great Ouse in Clifton Reynes (near Olney) in the picturesque and peaceful Buckinghamshire countryside, we offer our guests a simple yet unique experience.

It doesn't get much better than sitting comfortably in an idyllic setting, watching a first-class live performance with friends and family, with a homemade picnic and a cooled glass of your favourite tipple in hand. That is a truly blissful way to pass a summer's evening.

"And no London theatre prices either!"

The Arches Theatre is all about bringing an immersive, exciting and different experience to the rolling Buckinghamshire countryside, where our audience certainly doesn't have to pay London or big theatre prices.

We create a unique experience that you won't get elsewhere within Buckinghamshire. We want to be the best, so we put on fantastic productions that will complement our venue. We work with theatre companies and musicians that we know will just wow our audiences. There's something for everyone.

This year will be our biggest year yet with 12 performances over seven weeks. From family friendly performances and great Shakespeare to gothic horror and live music, we ensure we have the right mix so there is something for everyone to enjoy.

We kick our fifth summer season off on the 21st of July and here is what we have in store:

  • 'King Arthur' - The Last Baguette Theatre Company - 21st July

  • 'The Tempest' - Shakespeare Circus - 22nd July

  • 'The Importance of Being Earnest' - Etcetera Theatre Company - 28th - 30th July

  • ABBA Sensation - 12th August

  • Richard Digance & Friends - 13th August

  • Dan Evans - Dulcimer & Guitar Concert - 14th August

  • 'Love's Labour's Lost' - The Wet Mariners - 20th August

  • 'The Jungle Book' - DOT Productions - 21st August

  • 'Pygmalion' - DOT Productions - 21st August

  • 'Merry Wives of Windsor' - British Touring Shakespeare - 27th & 28th August

  • 'Dracula' - British Touring Shakespeare - 27th & 28th August

  • Ripping Yarns - Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy - 1st - 3rd September

All money from ticket sales of 'Ripping Yarns' will be donated to The National Brain Appeal so do visit our box office today and get your tickets while you can and we look forward to seeing you at the Arches Theatre for one or more of our performances this summer.

Until next time ...



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About David Pibworth ...


David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.

David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.

His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.

Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.