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The Arches Theatre: Meet the Wet Mariners!

Then go book your tickets for Romeo & Juliet ...



We may have mentioned The Wet Mariners once or twice before, but we are very excited to have them return to The Arches this summer with their production of Romeo and Juliet ...

The Wet Mariners will be performing Romeo & Juliet at The Arches Theatre this summer!

The Wet Mariners will be performing Romeo & Juliet at The Arches Theatre this summer!

Instead of letting you know that they will be performing this classic Shakespeare love story on Saturday 10th July at 3pm and 8pm, and that tickets are available at £15 per person ... instead of telling you all of that ... I wanted to introduce you to this talented theatre company.

This troupe is made up of professional actors who 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, most of The Wet Mariners are working with leading UK companies including the National and The Globe. To give you a little insight into what they have been working on since they were last with us, please take a look below.

Amy has appeared at The Finborough Theatre in Square Rounds and is soon to start working for Kenny Wax Entertainment in the West End

James has played Edmund, alongside Sir Ian McKellen, in King Lear (West End)

Jamie has appeared at The Salisbury Playhouse, in new play The Edit

Shazia stared in Anthony and Cleopatra at The National Theatre, alongside Ralph Fiennes

Ekow has toured America in The Barber Shop Chronicles and is soon to start rehearsals for A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Globe

Kat appeared in Bleak House for Sky Arts, alongside Stephen Mangan

Sophie has continued her teaching career and completed a marathon

Jane reprised her acclaimed performance as Hamlet, for Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, NYC (and she got married!)

Brooke filmed the first series of In the Dark for The CW network, currently being aired in America and soon to arrive in the U.K

Tom has written and directed the sell out Trial TV for Secret Theatre London. Here he is as the White Rabbit in the acclaimed Alice's Adventures Underground

As you can see, we are very lucky to have this talented bunch back with us again. I can honestly say that this production of Romeo and Juliet will be one of the best you will see this year. Tickets are selling fast, so if you haven't got yours yet please do get them while you can.

"This is one experience that you do not want to miss!"

If you'd like to book tickets for The Wet Mariners' performance of Romeo & Juliet then click here to visit our box office and book them today!.

Until next time ...


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More 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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