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The Arches Theatre: Unique Outdoor Venue Available For Film Hire

It really is a gorgeous location ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 02/11/2021 @ 8:00AM

The Arches Theatre is a quirky outdoor venue near Olney, Buckinghamshire, available for hire for all kinds of professional filming and commercial photography. If you are looking for your next backdrop for your next TV, film or photography project, then look no further ...

We would love to show you around the Arches Theatre and hear about your next filming or photography project!

We would love to show you around the Arches Theatre and hear about your next filming or photography project!

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This is a gorgeous location and is just an hour outside of London. The four beautiful disused railway arches are available for film and photography hire, as well as the parkland in front of the venue. Visit our online gallery to see our beautiful and picture-perfect venue.

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The venue is available to hire throughout the year for film and photography hire, except for certain weekends during mid-July to early September, when the venue becomes an open-air theatre. There are also points in winter when the venue will be unavailable as it is prone to flooding, as the venue is built around a flood bridge, right next to a river.

Watch this great video created by Ian Wilde of Video Drone Services in Olney

Where are we and how can you get to us? We are in the small village of Clifton Reynes, near Olney and just outside Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. We are just over 60 minutes from London in the car via the M1 (J14). If taking the train, the best station to reach is Milton Keynes Central, which is around 30 minutes from Euston. And then 20 minutes onto Clifton Reynes by car.

We would love to show you around and hear about your next filming or photography 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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