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What A Weekend We Had With The Wet Mariners!

Two fantasitc performances ...

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Thank you to everyone who came to the Arches Theatre on Saturday to see the Wet Mariners in action in their adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Wasn't it an amazing performance?

The Wet Mariners played a successful matinee and evening show at the Arches Theatre on Saturday!

The Wet Mariners played a successful matinee and evening show at the Arches Theatre on Saturday!

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They always take things to another level and are just fabulous to watch. We are so pleased that they were able to join us again in our second season.

"We certainly hope they will return next year as well!"

It may have been a little windy, but no English weather is going to stop us from having fun with the Bard, and this group of fabulous actors. We'd love to hear what you thought about the venue and the performance.

If you could spare a few moments, would you leave a few words in the comments section below? We may use your words in future publicity if that's ok with you?

And if you have any photos from one of the performances, please do share them with us on our social pages. You can find us on -, Twitter and Instagram. Tag us or use the hashtag #archestheatre. We'll enjoy seeing what you got up to!

We even had Juliet (Amy Marchant) performing from the top of the arches themselves!

If you weren't able to make it to Romeo and Juliet over the weekend, but you'd like to experience The Arches Theatre, tickets are available for 'The Pink Panther - A Shot in the Dark', performed by local comedy troupe 'Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy at The Arches', on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th August. Tickets are just £15 per person you can book them by clicking here. There aren't many left, so do be quick!

The cast of MKTOC at the Arches Theatre has been working so hard to bring this hilarious stage adaptation of the 1964 film. The actors are incredible, and their comedic timing is superb. If you enjoyed the film, then you will not want to miss this live-action version. You are in for a real treat!

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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