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The Arches Theatre: The Show Must Go On!

Summer season 2021 ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 26/01/2021 @ 8:00AM

Over the last few days, we have heard the sad news that many local events including Olney Food Festival won't be going ahead this year. Milton Keynes Theatre has also announced that they will not be opening in March ...

Unless the Government says otherwise, the show must go on at The Arches Theatre!

Unless the Government says otherwise, the show must go on at The Arches Theatre!

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Even the iconic Glastonbury Festival have decided to cancel for the second year running. This is absolutely devastating, to not only the industry, but also to the fans and audiences who need this type of escapism, fun and freedom.

"As a small, independent outdoor theatre, we are doing our utmost to bring incredible live theatre and music to our stage this summer!"

We have some fantastic acts on our schedule already. From local and professional theatre to live music extravaganzas - there will be something for everyone. We've already announced the that the hilarious Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy will be performing an exclusive stage production of the BAFTA award-winning comic plays, Ripping Yarns, created by Michael Palin and Terry Jones of Monty Python fame. This is something you do not want to miss.

We are in the process of updating our website, so as soon as this is back up and running fully, we will be making some big announcements! Keep an eye on our social media channels too. Prepare to get excited!

"We are doing everything we can to keep theatre alive in Clifton Reynes and beyond in 2021!"

Unless the Government enforce further rules where we cannot legally or safely open, we will be opening our gates and kicking things off on Saturday 24th July and we cannot wait. We hope you will be able to join us.

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.