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The Arches Theatre: Introducing The Wet Mariners

Kicking off the summer with The Comedy of Errors ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 04/08/2020 @ 8:00AM

On 15th August, professional theatre troupe The Wet Mariners, will be kicking off our summer schedule with their adaptation of The Comedy of Errors. We are ecstatic that they are joining us for the third year in a row. We cannot wait to see what they have up their sleeves ...

Four brilliant actors will be joining us at The Arches Theatre this August!

Four brilliant actors will be joining us at The Arches Theatre this August!

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So, who are the Wet Mariners? Made up of professional actors, this troupe began working together during their third year at LAMDA. They continue to come together each year to form The Wet Mariners and perform Shakespeare to sell out audiences at their resident venue, The Willow Globe Theatre in Wales.

"And now at The Arches Theatre too!"

When they aren't entertaining us with their ingenious and inventive take on the Bard's work, you can see them individually on stage, working with leading UK companies including the National and The Globe, or watch them on screen in well-known TV series.

Which Mariners will be joining us? A cast of four will be taking on this Shakespeare comedy. All have performed on our outdoor stage in previous years, so you will certainly see some familiar faces.

Joining us will be:

  • Jamie Wilkes

    You may recognise him from the BBC/HBO adaptation of Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials', where he played The Pale Faced Man. His credits also include: 'Mr Selfridge (ITV), 'Electric Dreams' (Channel 4/Sony/Amazon), 'Catch-22' (Hulu), 'Vanity Fair' (ITV/Amazon), 'Diary of a Teenage Girl' (Southwark Playhouse), 'Titus Andronicus' (Shakespeares Globe), 'The Comedy of Errors' (Shakespeares Globe), 'The Shoemaker's Holiday' (RSC), 'Two Noble Kinsmen' (RSC).

  • James Corrigan

    Early last year, James played the role of 'Steve' in ITV's crime drama, 'Manhunt' with Martin Clunes. For those of you with little ones, you may also recognise him from the 2018 production of 'The Tempest', created for CBeebies. His theatre and TV credits include: 'King Lear' (Duke Of York's Theatre), 'Julius Caesar' (RSC), 'Coriolanus' (RSC), 'Antony & Cleopatra' (RSC), 'Two Noble Kinsmen' (RSC), 'Manhunt' (Buffalo Pictures/ITV), 'The Tempest' (BBC).

  • Katherine Jack

    If you saw 'The Salisbury Poisoning' earlier this year, then you will have seen Katherine, who played a police officer. If you are a fan of Sky One's 'COBRA' with Robert Carlyle, you may also recognise her in the role of news reporter, Cressida McGuire. Her theatre and TV credits include: 'An Inspector Calls' (Webber PW Productions), 'Agamemnon' (Cambridge Arts Theatre), 'Bleak House' (Slam TV / Sky Arts), 'Coronation Street' (Granada), 'No Offence' (Abbott Vision/C4).

  • Tom Syms

    Tom has a wealth of theatre experience and has also appeared in 'Teachers' (Tiger Aspect) in 2003. You may have spotted him in the third series. His theatre credits include: 'Alice's Adventures Underground' (Les Enfant Terribles), 'Back to the Future' (Secret Cinema), 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' (The Willow Globe), 'For The Trumpets Shall Sound' (The King's Head). As well as a great performer, Tom is also skilled in aerial work, puppetry and trapeze!

We can guarantee that this fantastic troupe's performance of this farcical fairytale, complete with a pair of estranged twin brothers (both named Antipholus), a pair of estranged twin servants (both named Dromio), misadventure, confusion, and mistaken identity; will have you laughing in the aisles!

"Be prepared to be wowed with this spectacular performance!"

Information will be coming out to you this week about the production, how to get to us, and what to bring so keep an eye on your inbox and junk folder. We look forward to seeing all ticket holders on 15th August.

Not long to go now, but this performance has sold out. We do have some other fantastic shows coming to our outdoor stage this August. Visit for details.

Until next time ...



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About David Pibworth ...


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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