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The Arches Theatre: Introducing The Wet Mariners

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

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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 of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.

Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.

He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.

He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.

He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.

David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.