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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 and Artistic Director of The Arches Theatre in Clifton Reynes near Milton Keynes. Productions are underneath some flood arches on the disused Midland railway line (Bedford to Northampton). It is equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. You bring your food, drink and chairs and enjoy the varied shows that are produced. This year - 2022 - there are 12 productions on throughout the season, from Shakespeare to Ripping Yarns plus a music weekend.

David has been involved in 'Light Ent' for many years, working with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson adapting the scripts of 'Steptoe and Son' and those of Tony Hancock to the stage. He has produced shows for Norman Wisdom (which makes him feel old), Al Murray, and Joe Pasquale amongst others, and also worked in the music business promoting and producing shows with Chas and Dave, Neil Inness, Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and others of that ilk.

He is also the director of a film school for young people in his home town of Olney as well as supporting many local events.

He recently negotiated permission from Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to stage a short run of 'Porridge' on stage which proved a success.

This year the annual charity performance at The Arches Theatre will be the last of 'Ripping Yarns' by Michael Palin and Terry Jones, with the profits being donated to The National Brain Appeal' for research into dementia as David's father and uncle died of it, as did Michael Palin's friend and writing partner Terry Jones. Last year they raised an astonishing £10,000 and are hoping to get somewhere close again with the support of audiences and sponsors.

David also has a stage hire company and his wife Julie runs a livery yard, so they are surrounded by horses, dogs, light entertainment and and a 17 year old daughter.

He plays in a comedy jazz band and collects strange props such as the Spitting Image puppets of Denis Thatcher and Alan Bennett, the child catchers bike from the stage show of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and various other 'things' all of which he sells to raise money for the Arches Theatre, although he always finds it hard to part from these props. However as the theatre receives no funding at all, he is always devising ways to keep it going! Sponsors are always welcome!


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