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The Arches Theatre: Shakespeare In The Sun!

Some great productions to choose from ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 14/06/2022 @ 8:00AM

Shakespeare plays have always been central to The Arches Theatre's summer schedule, not only because we are huge fans of the Bard but also because our quirky outdoor theatre is the perfect backdrop ...

Some great Shakespeare productions to choose from at The Arches Theatre this summer!

Some great Shakespeare productions to choose from at The Arches Theatre this summer!

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The Wet Mariners were the first theatre company to perform on our outdoor stage in 2018 with 'As You Like It'. Each year we've continued to stage this professional troupe's fun, ingenious and inventive take on Shakespeare's work, including 'Romeo and Juliet', 'The Comedy of Errors' and 'Twelfth Night'.

The Wet Mariners began working together during their third year at LAMDA and continue to come together each year to perform Shakespeare to sell-0out audiences!

2022 marks the 10th year of The Wet Mariners and we're delighted that they will be joining us again this year with their revival performance of 'Love's Labour's Lost' - the very first production performed by The Wet Mariners back in 2012.

Don't miss their revival of this play in the only way they know how - with fun, energy and much laughter on Saturday the 20th of August at 2pm and 7pm. Book your tickets here.

Debuting at The Arches this summer we have Berkhamsted-based theatre company, Shakespeare Circus, with its vibrant and spellbinding adaptation of 'The Tempest' on Friday the 22nd of July at 7.30pm.

Shakespeare's late, great gem, widely believed to be the last full play that he wrote alone examines the power of true love, our capacity for vengeance and what it takes to forgive.

The production is set to become a favourite for all the family with its cast of colourful characters, original musical score, madcap romps, high comedy and tender love. You will be spellbound by the magic of the wizard Prospero, enchanted by the music of the tropical island and you are guaranteed to have a really good laugh with the comic leads. An evening not to be missed so book your tickets here.

Our last Shakespeare production on our open-air stage is The Merry Wives of Windsor performed by British Touring Shakespeare on the 27th and 28th of August at 3pm. This hilarious romp sees the women of Windsor gain the upper hand in a bawdy battle of the sexes with the drunken knight Sir John Falstaff. This classic farce is guaranteed to make for an unforgettable evening of laughter enjoying outdoor theatre at its very best.

Since 1999, British Touring Shakespeare has delighted audiences all around the world with critically acclaimed productions that are fresh, energetic and accessible. Book your tickets here.

Some great Shakespeare productions to choose from and we're very excited for all our performances this summer. Don't forget we have much more going on during our 2022 summer run so do check out our What's-on page for full details.

We hope to see you all very soon.

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.