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The Arches Theatre: Our Summer 2021 Line Up Is Complete!

Come and soak up the atmosphere ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 15/06/2021 @ 8:00AM

You may have already seen that we have just added one last performance to our summer schedule. We are delighted to have West End leading man, Alistair Brammer, return to The Arches Theatre on Friday 13th August ...

We;re thrilled that Alistair Brammer is returning to the Arches Theatre in 2021!

We;re thrilled that Alistair Brammer is returning to the Arches Theatre in 2021!

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Following a very special show in 2020, Alistair Brammer returns with 'The Magic of Musical Theatre'. Alistair has performed leading roles in both the West End and on Broadway. Shows like Les Misérables, War Horse, Miss Saigon, which he also performed in New York, and Wicked, where he was playing Fiyero before the pandemic hit. He has also performed as a soloist in concerts at the Royal Albert Hall including West Side Story and Sondheim's Follies.

"Alistair also played Jean Prouvaire in the Les Misérables movie alongside Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe!"

Expect some of the finest musical theatre classics that the Broadway songbook has to offer, as well as some interesting stories from his life in theatre and screen along the way, all in the beautiful outdoor setting of the Arches as the sun goes down.

We now have ten incredible shows for you to choose from and enjoy at our quirky outdoor theatre. From two Shakespeare plays and Robin Hood to Cinderella, Sherlock Holmes and more; we most certainly have something for everyone. Click here to see our full line-up!

Tickets are selling quickly to all shows, so get your tickets booked as soon as possible. Gather your friends and family, pack up a picnic, put the bubbly on ice and bring a chair. Escape with us for a few hours at our idyllic, peaceful location and soak up the atmosphere. There is no better place to be than at The Arches on a glorious summer's day.

"Please vote for us!"

For the last few years, we have entered the Best Theatre/Arts Venue category in The Muddy Stilettos Bucks & Oxon 2021 Awards. 'The Muddies' as they are known, are "the most coveted #inlovewithlocal awards for indie businesses". Each year we sadly get pipped to the post by the much larger theatres such as Waterside Aylesbury, MK Theatre and Oxford New Theatre. We would absolutely love The Arches to get recognised this year, so we are asking for your help.

Could you spare just a few minutes to nominate us in the Best Theatre/Arts Venue in Bucks & Oxon category? Here's the link you need. You have only until 22nd June to nominate us.

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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