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The Arches Theatre 2019: Countdown To Curtain Up!

Less than 20 tickets left for our matinee performance ...

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POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 06/08/2019 @ 8:00AM

In less than a week, we will be welcoming our first audience to the first performance of the Arches Theatre 2019 summer season!

The Wet Mariners will be opening our summer season with Romeo & Juliet at The Arches Theatre!

The Wet Mariners will be opening our summer season with Romeo & Juliet at The Arches Theatre!

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We are opening with Romeo and Juliet performed by the Wet Mariners on Saturday 10th August and are thrilled to have this professional troupe back with us again this year. They are a group of highly talented actors who are just brilliant to watch.

"They don't have a director; everything is actor led!"

They are very inventive with their productions and engage with the audience spectacularly well. No doubt they'll have us doing the conga like they did last year, or something equally as crazy! So, who is playing who?

  • Juliet - Amy Marchant

  • Romeo - Tom Syms

  • James Corrigan - Nurse, Paris and Montague

  • Kat Jack - Lady Capulet and Benvolio

  • Sophie Whittaker - Friar Laurence and Tybalt

  • Jamie Wilkes - Capulet and Mercutio

  • Ekow Quartey - Prince and Chorus


Over the weekend they played two sell-out performances at their resident theatre, The Willow Globe in Wales, and have received great online reviews. So, if you have tickets to see them at The Arches Theatre this weekend, you are in for a fantastic experience.

Just to give you a little background on the Wet Mariners, they have known each other for many years. They started to work together during their third year at LAMDA and haven't stopped "popping up in the countryside to mess around with the audience and tell stories" which we are delighted about.

As well as being part of the Wet Mariners; the majority of the troupe also work with leading UK theatre companies including the National and The Globe. Since their last performance at The Arches Theatre, they have been extremely busy. Take a look at our past blog post to see just what they've been up to.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday at either the matinee or evening performance and all ticket holders will have received some information via email on what you need to bring. Please check your inbox and your junk mail folders just to be sure.

And, of course, If you haven't got your ticket yet, the evening performance is completely sold out, however, there are less than 20 remaining for the matinee so grab yours now via our website. We look forward to seeing you at the Arches Theatre soon!

Until next time ...

DAVID PIBWORTH

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More about David Pibworth ...

David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.

David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.

His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.

Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.