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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 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.