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The Arches Theatre: The Shows Will Go On!

And we're really looking forward to it ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 30/06/2020 @ 8:00AM

Following on from the Prime Minister's announcement last week, we have made the decision to continue with our outdoor theatre productions this August. Our priority now is to put social distancing measures in place to ensure our staff, audience and theatre troupes remain safe at each performance ...

We've decided to continue with The Arches Theatre summer season 2020!

We've decided to continue with The Arches Theatre summer season 2020!

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You may have seen on our social media feeds over the weekend, that we are hard at work figuring out not only the best ways to keep us all safe, but also to give you the best immersive theatre experience we can.

"We will continue to adhere closely to the
latest Government guidelines!"

We have everything crossed that by August the restrictions will have eased further, but we must be sensible and be ready for every eventuality. We will share our plans with you shortly. I hope this will alleviate any concerns or worries that you may have about attending or buying tickets.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets:

  • We have some available for the matinee (3pm) production of 'The Merchant of Venice' performed by The Wet Mariners on Saturday 15th August. They are just £15 per person and you can book yours via our website.

  • Tickets for the stage adaptation of 'Allo 'Allo! performed by local comedy troupe, Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy, on 22nd and 23rd August, will be available shortly via their website.

If things change and we must postpone our shows, we will be in touch with ticket holders directly and make an announcement via our newsletter, social media channels and website.

We hope you are still able to join us and we look forward to seeing you in August.

Until next time ...



Would you like to know more?

If anything I've written in this blog post resonates with you and you'd like to discover more about The Arches Theatre summer season 2020, do give me a call on 01234 241357, leave a comment below or click here to ping over an email and let's see how I can help you..

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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.