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You Don't Have To Pay Through The Nose For Great Theatre

I love going to the theatre. I always have ...

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In recent times, I feel that many people have stopped going to the theatre because the whole experience is just getting too expensive ...

We've deliberately kept the price low on our theatre tickets to encourage more people to come and enjoy the experience!

We've deliberately kept the price low on our theatre tickets to encourage more people to come and enjoy the experience!

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Especially if you are travelling into London, or another big city, where you have to pay for your travel, food, and other activities if you are making a day of it. It really does all add up.

"Even local theatres are quite costly, particularly
their bar prices!"

I paid a fiver for a bottle of water at a theatre recently. And that's why we have opened the Arches Theatre in Clifton Reynes, near Olney, Milton Keynes. We have deliberately kept our ticket pricing low at just £15 per person.

This is because we want to give theatregoers a great new, local experience, where they have a good choice of productions performed to a standard just as high as what they'd get if they were in London. But the main thing is, they don't have to pay through the nose for it. And there are no booking fees or hidden charges, which I truly hate!

We're in a gorgeous rural location, which is easy to get to from Milton Keynes, Bedford and Northampton and we have ample free on-site parking. Guests are also invited to bring their own picnic and booze, so they can have a relaxed bite to eat before the show in a picturesque and peaceful venue.

We want to keep the whole experience and process simple and inexpensive, to ensure we have a happy audience who will want to return every year.

If you haven't been to an outdoor theatre before, then, in my opinion, it is something that you don't want to miss out on. There is nothing like sitting in the open air with friends under the warm summer sun, immersed in a fantastic play.

If this blog post has whet your appetite then The Arches Theatre officially opens on 10th August and professional theatre company The Wet Mariners are kicking off proceedings with their performance of 'Romeo and Juliet'. Tickets are still available for their 3pm performance and are also available for 'The Pink Panther – A Shot in the Dark' via our website.

We hope to see you at the Arches Theatre soon!

Until next time ...


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More about David Pibworth ...

David is the owner and Artistic Director of The Arches Theatre in Clifton Reynes near Milton Keynes. Productions are underneath some flood arches on the disused Midland railway line (Bedford to Northampton). It is equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. You bring your food, drink and chairs and enjoy the varied shows that are produced. This year - 2022 - there are 12 productions on throughout the season, from Shakespeare to Ripping Yarns plus a music weekend.

David has been involved in 'Light Ent' for many years, working with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson adapting the scripts of 'Steptoe and Son' and those of Tony Hancock to the stage. He has produced shows for Norman Wisdom (which makes him feel old), Al Murray, and Joe Pasquale amongst others, and also worked in the music business promoting and producing shows with Chas and Dave, Neil Inness, Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and others of that ilk.

He is also the director of a film school for young people in his home town of Olney as well as supporting many local events.

He recently negotiated permission from Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to stage a short run of 'Porridge' on stage which proved a success.

This year the annual charity performance at The Arches Theatre will be the last of 'Ripping Yarns' by Michael Palin and Terry Jones, with the profits being donated to The National Brain Appeal' for research into dementia as David's father and uncle died of it, as did Michael Palin's friend and writing partner Terry Jones. Last year they raised an astonishing £10,000 and are hoping to get somewhere close again with the support of audiences and sponsors.

David also has a stage hire company and his wife Julie runs a livery yard, so they are surrounded by horses, dogs, light entertainment and and a 17 year old daughter.

He plays in a comedy jazz band and collects strange props such as the Spitting Image puppets of Denis Thatcher and Alan Bennett, the child catchers bike from the stage show of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and various other 'things' all of which he sells to raise money for the Arches Theatre, although he always finds it hard to part from these props. However as the theatre receives no funding at all, he is always devising ways to keep it going! Sponsors are always welcome!


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