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As You Like It at The Arches Theatre

Tickets are selling out fast ...



As you can see, the digger has now moved in at the Arches Theatre. This is to clear the stones and level the ground before we put the hard surface down ...

We've got the digger in at the Arches Theatre.

We've got the digger in at the Arches Theatre.

Last week's blog post mentioned the first production, which is Shakespeare's As You Like It performed by The Wet Mariners, a touring theatre company who include in their troupe my pal Amy Marchant. They're a brilliant troupe.

Amy has just finished a national tour with A Midsummer Nights Dream and was in Shakespeare In Love in London.

As a result of just this one blog post, we sold 50 tickets and as we think we can only get 100 people in, please contact me quickly if you want tickets yourself. They're £10 each.

We haven't even handed out any flyers or put posters up yet so to be honest, given it's just about two months away, it will definitely sell out. The tickets haven't even been printed, but as soon as they are we will invoice you and send them out.

Full details will be sent out along with the tickets ... so do come along. This is the opening night of a fantastic new venue and you don't want to miss the chance to be part of it.

"Would you like tickets?"

If you'd like to book tickets for the first production at the Arches Theatre, do give me a call on 01234 241357 or click here to ping me an email and I'll put them aside for you.

Until next time ...


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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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