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Top 5 Ways You Can Keep Supporting Theatre And The Arts

And have fun doing it ...

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

Over the last few months, many of us have turned to the arts when we have needed entertainment and escapism. The incredible talent from this industry has given us so much throughout these lockdowns, so let's make sure we are supporting them at a time they need it most ...

Theatres and arts venue may be closed right now, but there are ways to support them!

Theatres and arts venue may be closed right now, but there are ways to support them!

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While we aren't able to enjoy live theatre in person, there are still lots of ways you can help keep the industry alive. Here are our top five:

  1. Stream shows online and donate where you can

    Choose from a wide range of theatre from Shakespeare and Musicals to short films and improvised comedy. There is something for everyone to enjoy. Take a look at this list devised by What's on Stage.

  2. Swap and not refund

    If a performance you were due to see has been cancelled, see if you can swap your tickets to another performance instead of getting a refund. Not only will the theatre keep your much-needed money, but you will also have something fantastic to look forward to.

  3. Look ahead and book tickets

    Many theatres are announcing new performances for later summer onwards. Why not start booking tickets or how about buying a Theatre Token, which can be used in 260 venues around the UK.

  4. Donate or sponsor

    Have you ever thought about donating to charities supporting the industry or sponsoring your smaller theatres?

  5. Sign up to newsletters

    Sign up to your favourite theatres' newsletters to get hot off the press news and quite often great deals. The Arches+, our brand-new newsletter, gives all recipients exciting news before anyone else and the opportunity to purchase tickets to our shows one week before they go on general sale! Sign up has been momentarily suspended while we update our website. We'll let you know as soon as it's back up and running!

However you choose to support the theatre and arts industry, we hope you have fun doing it. Please share with The Arches Theatre social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) what you have been watching. We'd love to know your recommendations.

Stay safe everyone and thank you all for your support.

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.