To add to your open-air theatre experience with us, we invite our audience members to bring a homemade picnic and enjoy it in the peaceful surroundings of our unique venue from one hour before the performance.
As it is National Picnic Month next month, we thought we'd give you a flavour of some of our favourite foodie places in Olney where you can stock up on some homemade goodies for your picnic hampers.
What more could you ask for? Enjoy delicious local food with your friends and family in the glorious sunshine (fingers crossed), all before sitting back to watch fantastic live theatre.
Or if you'd rather eat before you come, you can get delicious dishes from The Courtyard Brasserie and freshly made pancakes at The Pancake Parlour. If you want to dine even closer to our outdoor theatre, why not try The Robin Hood Pub in Clifton Reynes, who specialise in scrumptious pies and sausages?
"If you choose to eat out, don't forget to book first!"
At The Arches Theatre, we are all about supporting other great local businesses and helping them thrive. We hope you will join us in making full use of their services and products and supporting them too. We can't wait to welcome you in just a few weeks.
If you haven't bought your tickets yet, head to our What's on page to see the full line-up and links to our box office. Let's all enjoy National Picnic Month.
See you all very 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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