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The Arches Theatre: Marching Towards Opening Night

It's really shaping up now ...



So, onward goes the march towards the opening of the Arches Theatre on the 4th August this year. We've been working hard on the site though I need to turn my attention to other matters today ...

We are preparing the site and working out what we need to put on a production at the Arches Theatre.

We are preparing the site and working out what we need to put on a production at the Arches Theatre.

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I'm off to check on the artwork for the publicity and then having a meeting with one of the actors from 'As You Like It' down at the Arches to check what is required in the way of lighting, sound and everything else that goes with a production like this.

"We are also pacing out how many people we can get in."

This is so I can get a definitive size of the audience. I know we're good for 100, but there may be a possibility of more. Currently, we have sold 75, and bear in mind this performance is for 1 night only, so do get in if you want one.

Tickets are £10 each and we will send out all details with the tickets once they're printed. That's it for this week as I've got to go off to sort out the surface materials for the venue. It's really shaping up now.

"Would you like to know more?"

If you'd like to find out more about the Arches Theatre and our first production in August, then do give me a call on 01234 241357 or click here to ping me an email and let's see how I can help you.

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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