The team is working hard to finalise our schedule (we are very nearly there) and we will confirm full details very soon via our website and social media channels. Be sure to be following us as you don't want to miss a thing.
"We are very excited about the artists who will be performing on our outdoor stage. Some have entertained us in recent years, and some are new to The Arches!"
As we've said before, we plan to go ahead this year and bring fantastic live theatre and music to our audiences. If we are told that we cannot open for COVID-19 reasons, we will be devastated, but we know it is something out of our control and that the show will go on at some point.
Registration to our Arches+ newsletter will be available very soon. Sign up to this and you will be the first to know about the productions and have a one-week window to purchase your tickets before they go on general sale. We'll let you know as soon as this is back up and running.
"Your chance to win tickets!"
It's Random Acts of Kindness Day on 17th February and to celebrate our kindness and spread the love, we are giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner to see a show of their choice at The Arches Theatre this summer.
All you need to do is head to one of our social channels on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, find the 'Random Acts of Kindness Day' post and tag who you will bring with you if you win. It is as simple as that.
Good luck and we are looking forward to seeing you all in just a few months' time.
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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