Join us at the Arches, our outdoor theatre near Olney for some fantastic family fun this summer with ‘King Arthur’ and ‘The Jungle Book’. It's a great way to entertain the kids on a summer's afternoon ...
Discover King Arthur and The Jungle Book at The Arches Theatre this summer!
Kick off your summer holiday with The Last Baguette Theatre Company, who make their debut on our open-air stage with their hilarious hour-long stage adaptation of 'King Arthur' on Thursday 21st July at 4.30pm. 'King Arthur' is a fun and farcical family adventure directed by John Nicholson and written by Tiff Woodsmith.
Somewhere in Britain, a long time ago, a very, very, very long time ago. So, long ago that nobody quite knows whether it happened or not. Or where it happened or not. A boy pulled a sword from a stone and became King. A story of the old world, with knights, wizards, mist and magic.
This fun and farcical adventure is a deliberately anarchic and anachronistic re-telling of the Arthurian Legend with live music, physical comedy and lo-fi acrobatics. And some silly jokes. "The show is a real joy, delicious twinkle-in-the-eye humour to engage, entertain and delight people of all ages" says Richard Wolfenden-Brown, Director at The Plough Arts Centre
"Next up is The Jungle Book!"
Another brilliant children's production comes from a returning favourite, DOT Productions, with their own hour-long adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's 'The Jungle Book' on Sunday 21st August at 1pm. Join Mowgli, as Bagheera and Baloo help him on his journey through the jungle back to the man-village. Watch as they encounter the monkeys, run from Shere Khan the tiger, and get hypnotised by Kaa the snake.
It's a fun family show that takes you on a rollercoaster adventure and is brought to the stage by a cast of five actors, so this production is sure to entertain the smallest to the eldest of your wolf pack.
Visit our What's On page to book your tickets, pack up a picnic and enjoy before the show. We open the gates to our outdoor theatre The Arches 90-minutes before the performance, which gives you time to come down with a homemade picnic and enjoy it with friends in our peaceful parkland before the show starts.
For more information on how to find us, what to expect and more, please take a look at the Your Visit section of our website and we hope to see you with us this summer.
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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