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The Arches Theatre: The First Performance Has Sold Out!

Now we're thinking of the future ...



So, we're now getting near the stage with the Arches Theatre, where we can photograph it almost completed and work out hire rates for companies who wish to come and use the venue ...

The Arches Theatre is nearly there and we're thinking of hire rates now.

The Arches Theatre is nearly there and we're thinking of hire rates now.

We're not quite finished yet, as you can see by the photo. We're just putting up fencing and a gate and completing the groundworks, but by the end of the week, we will be there.

"Our first performance is sold out"

For the production of 'As You Like It' on the 4th August, we will use the far right arch as the bar, and the 2nd from the right as the acting area and the two others won't be in official use, but obviously portable loos and generators are required and they will be placed along there.

The seating which is a 'Bring Your Own Chair' affair will be outside looking into the arch, so the weather is our only possible problem, but as I've said to everyone, we can guarantee that the performance will go on, the bar will be open and we'll have a splendid time, but we are keeping our eye on the weather and cagoules will be available if it's piddling down with rain.

Once it is finished we will be able to market it and will, of course, keep you informed of any developments and other productions we are planning.

"Would you like to know more?"

If you'd like to find out more about the Arches Theatre and using it for your business event, 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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