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The Arches Theatre: The Wet Mariners Return In 2020

With another amazing Shakespeare performance ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 04/02/2020 @ 8:00AM

We are very excited to have the Wet Mariners returning to the Arches Theatre this summer. The professional Shakespeare troupe join us for the third year running, following the great success of their sold-out and much-loved performances at our previous summer seasons ...

The Arches Theatre welcomes the Wet Mariners back to the stage in 2020!

The Arches Theatre welcomes the Wet Mariners back to the stage in 2020!

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In 2018 they opened The Arches Theatre with their adaptation of 'As You Like It'. The production was so well received by our audience, the troupe came back last year to perform 'Romeo And Juliet'. The weather last summer was certainly against them. You may remember the torrential downpours and high winds? But as true professionals, the show went on and they gave two wonderful performances.

"This summer's performance is the Merchant Of Venice!"

On Saturday 15th August they will stage two productions, a matinee performance at 3pm and an evening performance at 7pm. Tickets are £15 per person, with no booking fees. Ticket are on sale now via our website.

The Wet Mariners describe themselves as "a Shakespeare theatre troupe that pop up in the countryside to mess around with the audience and tell stories. Actor led, no director, just words and play". This troupe is made up of professional actors who began working together during their third year at LAMDA - Amy Marchant, Brooke Markham, Ekow Quartey, James Corrigan, Jamie Wilkes, Jane Bradley, Katherine Jack, Shazia Nicholls, Sophie Whittaker and Tom Syms.

They continue to come together each year to form The Wet Mariners and perform Shakespeare to sell-out audiences at their resident venue, The Willow Globe Theatre in Wales. And now at The Arches Theatre too!

When they aren't entertaining us with their ingenious and inventive take on the Bard's work, most of The Wet Mariners are working with leading UK companies including the National and The Globe. Some are appearing on the big screen too!

More recent sightings on TV may include:

  • Brooke Markham - currently starring in the American TV series 'In the Dark'

  • Katherine Jack - playing Cressida McGuire in the latest Sky Original series 'Cobra'

  • Shazia Nicholls - starred alongside Suranne Jones in 'Dr Foster'

  • Jamie Wilkes - recently played 'The Pale-Faced Man' in Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials'

We hope to have all these amazing actors on our stage this summer, however dependent on their schedules it may not be possible so we'll let you know the final cast in due course. Don't miss out on a wonderful evening of Shakespeare, performed by a highly experienced troupe.

Until next time ...



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About David Pibworth ...


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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