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Just added to the Arches Theatre summer schedule ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 25/08/2020 @ 8:00AM

We are very excited to announce that we're bringing two great new shows to our outdoor theatre programme. For our first new addition, you must join us on a magic carpet ride for the hilarious performance of Aladdin - the socially distanced panto on 29th and 30th August ...

We're thrilled that Richard Digance is coming to the Arches Theatre!

We're thrilled that Richard Digance is coming to the Arches Theatre!


Four cast members will be taking to our quirky outdoor stage in this magical summer pantomime. I will be playing Abanazar and the Genie, and our old friend Keith Lennox will not only be co-producing and directing the performance, but he will also be playing Widow Twanky.

There will be a matinee at 1pm and a later performance at 4pm. Tickets have sold out now. This is a socially distanced performance, so we had to limit ticket numbers. If you are coming, please feel free to bring a picnic and enjoy it with us before the show.

Our second new performance comes from none other than award-winning comedy and music legend, Richard Digance. Richard will be giving an intimate performance of his infamous comedy and folk music at our open-air venue on Bank Holiday Monday, 31st August at 10pm. Tickets will be £15pp and available via our ticket office very soon.

To recap on the remaining summer schedule:

  • Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August
    Aladdin - the Socially Distanced Panto!
    1pm and 4pm and tickets available soon

  • Monday 31st August
    Richard Digance
    22.00 and tickets available soon

Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for further announcements and ticket information. I hope you are as excited as we are.

Remember, if we're unable to do the performances because of lockdown restrictions then ticketholders will get their money back.

We're pretty sure it will all go ahead, but just in case, hey?

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.