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Where Are We Up To With The Arches Theatre?

Some photos for you to enjoy ...



We've put a lot of work into the Arches Theatre so far and it's coming along nicely. I was out and about yesterday and took some photos of the place as well as the route to get there ...

The Arches Theatre is coming along nicely.

The Arches Theatre is coming along nicely.

Here is the route to the theatre from my house. You can see it's a bit of a muddy track, but during the summer months, it should be fine to get there although I wouldn't wear posh shoes just in case.

The path to the theatre

Then we enter a glorious field which has a scattering of wildflowers. In good weather it can be driven across so getting equipment in there shouldn't be an issue. If it's been raining, then we'll need some extra help to lug kit down there, but that's all part of the fun, isn't it?

A lovely field to wander across

We're only operating in August and September so the weather should be fine, but ultimately we're looking to put some sort of roadway in to make access to the Arches Theatre easier.

Then we get to the arches themselves. Splendid aren't they? There are four as you can see and each is 30ft wide and 25ft deep. The area in front is about to be levelled and surfaced so within a few weeks it will be looking very different.

The four railway arches are impressive

We've put in a lot of work so far

The next photo is the field as seen from the arches that once the hay is cut can be used for camping so drama workshops can be run and corporate events hosted there too.

Obviously, given the nature of the venue, generators, loos, lighting and the like will need to be brought in, but we have the contacts for all of that.

There's plenty of room for camping

The first production is on the 4th August and is Shakespeare's 'As You Like It'. We do have a list of people interested already, but feel free to contact me to go on the list. Tickets are £10 and available shortly and only 100 are available. We think this will sell out very quickly.

Also, anyone who wishes to hire it for theatre, corporate or workshops please get in touch and I'll send hire details and you are welcome to come and have a look around, and we will be having an open evening as soon as we have completed the groundwork.

"It is an outside venue with all that entails, but what fun it'll be."

If you'd like to find out more about the Arches Theatre 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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