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The Arches Theatre: The Location You’ve Been Waiting For!

Did you know our unique venue is available for hire?

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Posted by David Pibworth on 09/06/2020 @ 8:00AM

Whether you are a Location Manager looking to hire a beautiful backdrop for your next TV, film or photo shoot, or you are a theatre company on the hunt for a quirky outdoor stage - look no further than the Arches Theatre ...

If you are a location manager then The Arches Theatre is the beautiful backdrop you've been looking for!

If you are a location manager then The Arches Theatre is the beautiful backdrop you've been looking for!

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Our four beautiful disused railway arches set in tranquil parkland beside the River Great Ouse in Clifton Reynes near Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, are available for hire.

"You can find us approximately 90-minutes from London by car via the M1 (J14) and it's well worth the journey!"

This hidden gem really is picture-perfect. The venue is available to hire throughout the year except for August when the venue comes alive as an open-air theatre. Now in our third year, we have worked with both local and professional theatre companies who have performed a range of productions from classic Shakespeare to A Shot in the Dark!

The venue lends itself to many plays and with it being open air, the whole dynamics of performance changes, making it more immersive and interactive and giving it added impact. We have received fantastic feedback from our audience members.

"If you’d like to be involved in our 2021 summer
schedule, why not give us a call?"

For images of the venue, previous theatre performances and an aerial film, please see our website gallery. If you’d like further information or if you would like to come for a recce, please get in touch.

We would love to show you around and hear about your next project.

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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