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The Arches Theatre: Planning For 2019

Three productions already booked ...

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We had our initial production of As You Like It at the Arches Theatre over the summer. The Wet Mariners put on a hugely successful show, and we are now working on the 2019 season ...

We're planning the 2019 season for the Arches Theatre and have three productions booked already.

We're planning the 2019 season for the Arches Theatre and have three productions booked already.

Amy Marchant and The Wet Mariners will be back to open the season and given their success in August, it should be another sell-out evening. And do you remember Peter Sellers?

"I have the rights to produce The Pink Panther Strikes Again"

I am currently casting and will be a Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy production, and ETC Theatre Company are taking a week with one of their own productions. Last year they produced a hugely successful show with Spamalot, so we have at least three productions booked in already.

This venue is a totally non-funded project, and if anyone is interested in sponsoring the Arches Theatre, we will give full publicity to your company and a lot of fun into the bargain.

We are still finishing the venue and are looking at a cover for the audience (in case of rain) and a permanent roadway for ease of getting disabled people to the site, so all sponsorship will be appreciated.

Our season runs from the start of August to the end of September so come and have a coffee and we can chat over any possibilities.

If you'd like to find out more about hosting your own production at the Arches Theatre 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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