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Theatre Is Still Very Much Alive At The Arches

What a weekend that was ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 17/08/2021 @ 8:00AM

Kicking the Arches weekend off on Friday was the incredible Alistair Brammer and his concert called The Magic of Musical Theatre. And what a magical night of musicals it was ...

What a great weekend we had at the Arches!

What a great weekend we had at the Arches!

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He regaled us with beautifully sung songs from Jesus Christ Superstar and Phantom of the Opera to Chess and Les Misérables, plus funny stories in between about his life, this really was a night to remember. His special guest and local girl, Nikki Bentley, with her powerhouse voice, joined her West End co-star on stage to sing solos and duet hit songs from Wicked the Musical - which they are both returning to next month.

"The perfect evening for musical theatre fans!"

The 'game was afoot' on Saturday when the brilliant British Touring Shakespeare came to The Arches with their stage adaptation of 'The Hounds of the Baskervilles' and performed to two sell-out audiences.

Full of murder, mystery and intrigue, Sherlock Holmes, Dr Watson, and the rest of the talented cast gave a fantastic performance of this classic tale and kept our audiences guessing until the very end. This was their debut on our outside stage, and we do hope they will return.

Still to come this August:

  • Friday 20th - ABBA SENSATION debut at our outdoor theatre. Their performance as SOLD OUT.

  • Saturday 21st - The Wet Mariners return for their fourth year with their intimate stage adaptation of Twelfth Night. The matinee is SOLD OUT and a handful of tickets remain for the evening show at 7pm.

  • Sunday 22nd - DOT Production debut at The Arches with their family friendly stage production of Robin Hood at 1pm and the classic tale of Jane Eyre at 5pm.

  • Thursday 26th - Saturday 28th - Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy return with their adaptation of 'Ripping Yarns' written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones of Monty Python Fame. All proceeds will be going to The National Brain Appeal's Rare Dementia Support Fund, with kind thanks to Alison, wife of the late Terry Jones.

These are the last production at The Arches for 2021. So, get your tickets today from our box office at and experience the wonder of outdoor theatre with us this summer.

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.