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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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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 ...


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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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