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The Arches Theatre: Rain Did Not Stop Play!

Wet Mariners, DOT Productions and more ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 24/08/2021 @ 8:00AM

Our motto at The Arches Theatre is that the show will go on whatever the weather, and we certainly didn't let the rain stop play this weekend. The Wet Mariners returned on Saturday for their fourth Shakespeare production ...

Robin Hood at the Arches Theatre was an absolute laugh a minute!

Robin Hood at the Arches Theatre was an absolute laugh a minute!

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The professional troupe performed their highly imaginative and entertaining adaptation of Twelfth Night, complete with renditions of "Sweet Caroline" and Adele's "Make You Feel My Love", plus audience participation and more. As always, it was a fantastic show, and so good to have them back under the arches.

"We can't wait to see what they have
up their sleeve for next year!"

Touring theatre company DOT Productions debuted with us on Sunday with their two shows, Robin Hood and Jane Eyre. Robin Hood was an absolute laugh a minute, with a fast-paced storyline, hilarious characters and lots of audience participation. Perfect for children of all ages.

Their second performance of the day, Jane Eyre, was exceptional. It was well acted with a great portrayal of the characters. The small cast really brought to life this classic Bronte story. Two fantastic performances by five brilliant actors. We do hope that DOT Productions will join us again next year.

"So, we now have one weekend left of live theatre!"

We welcome back Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy who are staging three daft stories from Ripping Yarns written by Michael Palin and the late Terry Jones, of Monty Python fame. All proceeds from the show will go to The National Brain Appeal. You can find out more about the production, our chosen charity and how to donate to our JustGiving page by clicking here.

We've been very fortunate with the weather in our run of summer productions, with all, but two performances enjoying warm dry weather. But that is what you get with outdoor theatre, and you mustn't let a bit of the wet stuff dampen your spirits or ruin your experience with us. The Arches Theatre is only open for six weeks of the year, so we ask our audiences to embrace the changeable British weather.

"Come prepared for every eventuality and have fun!"

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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.