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Summer at The Arches Theatre ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 12/05/2020 @ 8:00AM

I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to get used to this new normal of staying home all the time. Not completely, but I’m just keeping calm and carrying on. What more can you do?

Hopefully, summer season at the Arches Theatre will happen as planned!

Hopefully, summer season at the Arches Theatre will happen as planned!

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I’m enjoying this downtime. We had a lovely VE Day celebration with our neighbours on Friday (at a safe social distance), I’m watching old movies with my daughter, taking the dogs on their daily walks and, of course, learning my lines for one of our summer productions.

"This slower pace has also given me the opportunity to think about how we are going to operate this summer. I’ll be able to tell you more soon!"

Our plan A is to open our doors on 6th August for Etcetera Theatre Company’s adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I just hope it comes to fruition.

Many people I’ve spoken to are at that stage where they want to start planning things to look forward to, once we’re able to see each other again. I know I’m certainly at that point. That’s exactly why I want to keep working towards bringing live theatre to our outdoor stage so you can enjoy a new experience and some fabulous escapism.

Tickets are available via our website. Or why not enter our #lovemk competition on our Facebook page to try and win a pair?

We are always listening to the Governments advice and guidelines. We will always do the right thing when it comes to the safety of our team and customers. If we must postpone, then all tickets will be transferred to a new date or refunded if you’d prefer.

I do hope you’ll join us for some much-needed plays, performances, picnics and Prosecco.

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.