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The Arches Theatre: Quirky Outdoor Theatre Venue For Hire

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As you may know already, we have three fantastic theatre companies coming to perform at the Arches Theatre in Clifton Reynes this August ...

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Following on from their sell-out performance in 2018, which gained extremely positive feedback from the audience, we absolutely knew we had to have the Wet Mariners back for a second year.

Having been inspired by seeing the first show and the possibilities that the Arches Theatre has to offer, the 'Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy at the Arches' and 'Etc Theatre Company' from Milton Keynes, jumped at the chance of being on our summer bill.

This is what our outdoor theatre is all about: giving theatre groups both new and experienced, amateur and professional, from near and far, the opportunity of performing in a quirky theatre location to a new audience.

There are many fantastic plays that our open-air stage lends itself to. A little Shakespeare always goes down well; a Midsummer Night's Dream or The Tempest perhaps? Or maybe something a little different like The Wind in the Willows or The Importance of Being Earnest?

We're true advocates of children's theatre and getting the younger generation involved and engaged in the arts. So, how about an interactive show for children?

Whatever your thoughts or ideas, why not get in touch and book a venue recce to see how the space can work for you? Or better still, come to one (or all three) of our performances in August to indulge in the experience, see the productions in action and witness the endless production potential.

We already have two fantastic theatre companies interested in putting on a performance for 2020, which we are very excited about. So, watch this space.

"Would you like to know more?"

Tickets for the 2019 season at the Arches Theatre are on sale now for August, so why not grab some while you still can by visiting

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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