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The Arches Theatre: Tell Us What You Think!

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Posted by David Pibworth on 25/02/2020 @ 8:00AM

If you have visited The Arches during our last two summer seasons and have seen one of the amazing productions performed on our outdoor stage; then we'd love to hear about your experience with us ...

We'd love to hear about your experience at The Arches Theatre!

We'd love to hear about your experience at The Arches Theatre!

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We know how fantastically quirky our open-air theatre is, and we know the high level of entertainment the visiting theatre companies provide, but it would be great to know what you think. There are three ways you could leave feedback:

Click any of the names below to open the link in a new window or tab:

  1. On our Facebook page

  2. On Trip Advisor

  3. On The Visit Buckinghamshire and The Chilterns website

Whichever way you choose, thank you very much in advance.

Thank you to those who have already taken the time to leave us some very positive reviews. We are very grateful. If you haven't experienced The Arches Theatre yet - then what are you waiting for? Our third summer season kicks off this August with:

  • 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' performed by ETC Theatre Company from 6-8 August

  • 'The Merchant of Venice' performed by The Wet Mariners on 15 August

  • 'Allo 'Allo!' performed by Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy (MKTOC) in September (dates TBC)

Tickets for our 2020 season are on sale now via The Arches website and we look forward to seeing you this summer. It's shaping up to be a fantastic 2020 season!

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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