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The Arches Theatre: That's All Folks!

The 2019 season has closed ...

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It's been a wonderful few weeks at The Arches Theatre during our 2019 summer season. Thank you to everyone who came along ...

That's All Folks! The Arches Theatre will be back for another amazing season in 2020!

That's All Folks! The Arches Theatre will be back for another amazing season in 2020!

We trust that you had a fantastic time with us, even if it did pour down at times, and we hope you enjoyed the performances and the uniqueness of our beautiful outdoor venue.

"We were thrilled to see so many people there!"

The Wet Mariners kicked the season off with a creative adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, on a rather blustery day. We were one of the few outdoor venues not to have cancelled due to the wind, and this professional theatre troupe certainly gave a lesson not only in acting and performance, but also in voice projection against the prevailing wind.

The wonderful Steffi has put together a short video that covers their performances, so please do take a look. In there you will hear about the very exciting, hot off the press news that The Wet Mariners will be returning to The Arches for the third year running in 2020! We are already very excited!

I loved playing Dreyfus in The Pink Panther and working with a brand-new cast - some of which were experienced actors, and for others, this was their first-ever show. Everyone put in tremendous effort and I'm extremely proud of how they battled through the pouring rain on the second night.

We all felt a bit sorry that evening for Jon, Charlotte, Karl and Joel - Clouseau, Maria and the Camp Sunshine employees - who had to brave the cold wearing next to nothing! They were all such resolute professionals and just got on with a fantastic performance. Here's another Steffi video.

Everyone got on so well, and we have formed quite a bond, so watch this space for future shows! Well, sadly that is it for The Arches this year.

If you'd like to find out about our 2020 season, please sign up for our newsletter at our website. You'll be the first to know about other performances that we are involved in, what shows are coming up at The Arches and when tickets go on sale.

Also, while you are there, we'd love to get your feedback on your time with us. If you can spare a minute, please let us know what you thought about the venue, your experience and the performances. You can leave a review via our 'contact us' page, or drop a comment below. We may use some in our future publicity.

Keep an eye out on our social media channels for details of other shows that are coming up (not at The Arches Theatre), which I am involved in. Thank you again for joining us at The Arches Theatre, we have had an absolute blast and I hope to see you again next year.

Until next time ...


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More 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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