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The Arches Theatre: What A Start To Our Summer Season!

Some great entertainment was what we all needed ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 03/08/2021 @ 8:00AM

Thank you to everyone who came to see the incredible cast of Musicals in the Park on our opening weekend of Summer 2021 at the Arches Theatre! Wasn't it an amazing performance?

A few hours of fun, laughter and great entertainment was certainly what we all needed after the year we've had!

A few hours of fun, laughter and great entertainment was certainly what we all needed after the year we've had!

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Those vocals from Amy and Adam were sensational and the slick dance moves from Alex, Rose, Chrystal and Luke were just fabulous. They had us all out of our seats dancing and singing the night away. Thank you to Lucy Dean and Scott Coldwell, the producers, who brought this fantastic show back to The Arches Theatre.

A few hours of fun, laughter and great entertainment was certainly what we all needed after the year we've had. What a way to kick off our summer of live theatre and music. So, what's on this weekend?

Our next live theatre performance is 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' performed by local theatre troupe Etcetera Theatre Company from Wednesday 4th August - Saturday 7th August. About their performance, they said in a recent blog post:

"Perhaps one of Shakespeare's most loved comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream regales the story of a feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest that cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play.

As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddles with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations... with hilarious, but dark consequences.

Chief mischief-maker Puck is on-hand to ensure that the course of true love is anything, but smooth, and games of fantasy, love and dreams ensue in Shakespeare's most beguiling comedy."

Further tickets have just been released, so get yours while you can direct from ETC.

On Friday 13th August, West End and Broadway artist Alistair Brammer (Wicked, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon) will be returning to perform his one night only concert 'The Magic of Musical Theatre' with his special guest Nikki Bentley (Wicked, Ghost, Shrek).

Expect some of the finest musical theatre classics that the Broadway songbook has to offer, including Phantom of The Opera, Les Misérables and more. Plus, hear some interesting stories from his life in theatre and screen along the way.

If you are a musical theatre fan, then this is a show you do not want to miss. Click here for tickets We hope that you can all join us this August for some great live entertainment.

Remember, the shows go on whatever the weather.

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.