Live outdoor theatre and music return to The Arches Theatre, near Olney, Buckinghamshire, this summer for a whopping seven weeks. This will be our longest run yet, jampacked with familiar faces and new ones too ...
We look forward to welcoming you to The Arches Theatre this summer!
We have had a lot of interest in our 2022 summer open-air theatre programme, so we are still very busy pulling together an exciting schedule for you all. We can't wait to share this with you. Watch out for an announcement on our website and social channels later next month.
We are delighted to announce that our quirky outdoor theatre will be opening its gates this summer on Thursday 21st July 2022. So, make a note of that in your diary and tell your friends!
From Shakespeare and family fun to comedy and live music - as always there will be something for everyone on our theatre schedule. This year we are doing things a little differently and having four days in July dedicated to our exciting music performances. More on this very soon.
Don't forget to sign up for our theatre newsletter, the Arches+, to be the first to know about our live 2022 theatre schedule. You'll get to know who will be on our outdoor stage before anyone else, plus have a few days to purchase tickets before they go on general sale. Here's the link you need to sign up to The Arches+. Keep your eyes peeled for further information coming soon.
We look forward to welcoming you to The Arches Theatre 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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