The team here at The Arches Theatre near Olney are busy putting together our 6th summer of fantastic live theatre and music. As always, our 2023 schedule will be brimming with performances from local and professional theatre troupes and top bands and musicians ...
Save the date for Summer 2023 at The Arches Theatre!
The only information we can give you at this time are the all-important dates that need to go straight into your diary! Our outdoor stage will be hosting performances for six weeks from Saturday 29th July to Sunday 3rd September 2023.
"Our live music weekend will take place from Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th of August!"
We'll have some returning favourites, plus some exciting new troupes and music artists. It's going to be another summer season of incredible outdoor theatre, so we hope you will be able to join us for some more escapism.
The Arches Theatre is a small, independent outdoor theatre in Clifton Reynes, near Olney. The unique venue takes its name from the four beautiful disused railway arches, which are used to stage exciting live theatre over the summer months.
The open-air venue came to life in 2018 and has staged brilliant local and professional theatre each summer, from children's productions and Shakespeare to classic plays and comedies. Our theatre has attracted a range of fantastic troupes and artists over the years, including West End stars Alistair Brammer and Nikki Bentley.
Supporting local and professional theatre troupes and musicians is very important to us, as we are helping to bring art and culture to our local community for everyone to enjoy!
We are all about bringing an immersive, exciting and different experience to our outdoor theatre, where our audience won't have to pay through the nose for it. At The Arches Theatre, we create a unique experience that you won't get elsewhere within Buckinghamshire.
If anything I've written in this blog post resonates with you and you'd like to discover more about The Arches Theatre, it may be a great idea to give me a call on 07879 414110 and let's see how I can help.
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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