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Our new outdoor theatre, The Arches at Clifton Reynes nr Olney will be opening with a production of 'As You Like It' performed on the 4th August 2018 by Willow Globe favourites, the Wet Mariners ...

As You Like It will be the first production at the Arches Theatre in August.

As You Like It will be the first production at the Arches Theatre in August.

painting by: francis hayman, 1708–1776

This outstanding company have earned spectacular credits at the National, Theatre Royal Bath and with many other leading companies in the UK.

"This is accessible, skilful, vibrant Shakespeare not to be missed."

Although tickets are not yet on sale, please do contact me if you would like some as I shall put you down on our list and you will be contacted before they go on sale to the public in June. Tickets will be £10 each for this production and are limited to just 72 tickets, which is the capacity of the venue at present.

If you would like to come and see the venue before that, with a view to hiring it in the future, then also let me know as we will be having a drinks party down there and viewing on the night before the opening.

"You are of course welcome to contact me before that for a private viewing if you are interested."

The next production at the Arches Theatre will be 'A Midsummer Nights Dream' the week after the opening, by the local company ETC Theatre Company (who last year produced Spamalot) and details of that will follow soon.

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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