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Educating Rita with Underneath The Arches Theatre Company

Educating Rita with Underneath The Arches Theatre Company
25th - 27th July, 7.30pm

Hairdresser Rita has enrolled on an Open University course to discover herself and better her circumstances.

This is where she meets Frank - her tutor and a frustrated poet and academic, a borderline alcoholic - and he’s not too happy about having to teach Rita.

Yet he’s fascinated by her take on life and realises she has potential. He takes her under his wing and tries to guide her on a path of self-discovery, neither one realising where the journey will take them.

A hilarious and heart-warming comedy starring our very own David Pibworth and the fantastic Amy Milburn (The Wet Mariners).

The Railway Children with Tethered Wits

The Railway Children with Tethered Wits
Tuesday 30th July, 4.30pm

The Railway Children - based on the classic novel by E. Nesbit

All aboard! Tethered Wits invites you to embark on a magical journey filled with fun, music, and heartwarming storytelling.

Meet the Waterbury children: Roberta, Peter, and Phyllis. They are ordinary children living in an ordinary house, until one day, a mysterious event changes their lives forever.

Forced to move to the countryside, they move near a bustling railway, where every passing locomotive brings new mysteries, friendships, and discoveries. Our young heroes find themselves in the midst of a true adventure.

Bring your friends and family together, on a journey that celebrates the timeless power of love, community, and the unbreakable bonds of family.

Age Guidance: 5+ (Fun for all the family!)
Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)
 

Jeeves and Wooster in ‘Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves’ with Tethered Wits

Jeeves and Wooster in ‘Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves’ - based on the novel by P.G. Wodehouse
Tuesday 30th July, 7pm


Tethered Wits cordially invites you to an uproarious adventure with P.G. Wodehouse’s beloved characters, Jeeves and Wooster!

Enter the whimsical world of Bertie Wooster, an affable young gentleman with a penchant for getting himself in the most outlandish predicaments. Thankfully, he has his razor-sharp valet, Jeeves, to rescue him from all sorts of mishaps.

Facing misadventures, from ill-fated romances to comical escapades, all set against the backdrop of a world filled with eccentric aunts, quirky friends, and a host of unforgettable characters.

Featuring live jazz music, from our ensemble of actor-musicians - a jolly good time awaits you!

Age Guidance: 7+ (Fun for all the family!)

Running Time: 2 hours (including a 20 minute interval)

ABBA Sensation Tribute Band

ABBA Sensation
Friday 2nd August, 8.15pm


After their sold-out visit in 2022, ABBA Sensation return to The Arches this year.

Widely considered to be one of the best ever Abba Tribute Acts, they play to packed theatres and festivals throughout Europe. A stunning stage show, that combines costume changes, lighting effects and a faithful reproduction of the Abba sound.

A great evening’s entertainment is guaranteed for all age ranges. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

The band loves audience participation, so you can sing along, clap, or even get up and dance.  If however, you are ‘too posh’ to join in, then no problem, just rattle your jewellery !!! 

Don't miss out. Tickets will sell quickly. 

Tickets are £27.50 per person per performance or you can purchase a Weekend Ticket for BOTH ABBA Sensation and Supersonic Queen performances for £50 per person. Weekend tickets are limited. Both performances for a Weekend Ticket MUST be purchased at the same time. 


 

Supersonic Queen

Supersonic Queen
Saturday 3rd August, 8pm


Regarded as one of the UK’s premier Queen tribute bands, Supersonic Queen brings all the energy, spirit, and majesty of Queen to audiences all over the UK, and are known for their uniquely dynamic recreation of Queen's iconic live performances.
 
With unparalleled energy and charisma, this live 5-piece band delivers the best Queen tribute you will see today. 

Be quick, tickets will sell fast.

All ages (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)

Tickets are £27.50 per person per performance or you can purchase a Weekend Ticket for BOTH Supersonic Queen and ABBA Sensation performances for £50 per person. Weekend tickets are limited. Both performances for a Weekend Ticket MUST be purchased at the same time. 

Comedy on the Air with Etcetera Theatre Company

Comedy on the Air with Etcetera Theatre Company
8-10 August

Revisiting the Golden Age of radio comedy, etc theatre presents the best of the gags and giggles from shows such as The Goons, ITMA, Round the Horne and Band Wagon.

All the atmosphere of a live studio recording from Alexandra Palace complete with sound effects, silly voices and running jokes. Two hours of nostalgic mirth and complete buffoonery.  

"Are you going to come quietly, or do I have to use earplugs?" Spike Milligan

 

Treasure Island with DOT Productions

Treasure Island with DOT Production
Sunday 11th August, 1pm

DOT Productions presents a new family show ‘Treasure Island’. Follow Jim Hawkins on his adventures starting at The Admiral Benbow Inn where he finds a treasure map locked in an old Pirates chest.  

After an encounter with infamous pirate Long John Silver who wants the map for himself – Jim and his friends join the band of Pirates and embark across the seas to find Treasure Island. 

Once they find the Island, it’s a race against time as both Jim and Long John Silver eagerly search for the Treasure. 

A swashbuckling fun show with songs, pirates, and laughter! Join us for The Original Pirate Adventure.

An Ideal Husband with DOT Productions

An Ideal Husband with DOT Productions
Sunday 11th August, 5pm


DOT Productions returns with The Oscar Wilde Classic ‘An Ideal Husband’. Sir Robert Chiltern’s dinner party takes a drastic turn when Mrs Cheveley makes a surprise announcement that reveals her true motive for attending. Forced to choose between his family’s disappointment and his career, Sir Robert turns to his friend Lord Goring for help. 

Lady Chiltern makes it clear she expects her husband to be a model of perfection, but when she expects foul play, she makes it clear Sir Robert must do the right thing if their marriage is to survive. 

Join us for this wonderfully witty Wilde play about public and private honour.

Puck's comedy dream a Shakespeare romp

Puck's comedy dream a Shakespeare romp
17th August, 7.30pm and 18th August, 2.30pm

 
Antony Howes, (Emmerdale, Casulty, Doctors, the West End and Broadway) one of the most versatile performers in show business today, brings his multiple talents to The Arches Theatre.

You will be dazzled by his array of skills, which includes singing, tap- dancing, juggling and impressions, culminating in a mad cap comical romp through Shakespeare’s Midsummer’s Nights Dream.

Daily Mail  ‘Antony Howes comedy genius with Monty Python touch’

Fun for all the family! A family show with Shakespeare text.
 

Sherlock Holmes: The Sign Of The Four

Sherlock Holmes: The Sign Of The Four
Friday 23rd August, 7.30pm


In this 70 minute original one-man show, Jonathan Goodwin plays Sherlock Holmes and a miscellany of other larger-than-life characters. What connects a father's disappearance with an audacious robbery committed in the dead of night? What has become of the great Agra Treasure? And who is the mysterious Jonathan Small?

Classic Victorian detective action at its finest. The show is adapted from the Conan Doyle original by Jonathan Goodwin, and co-directed by Goodwin and Gary Archer.
 

Thirteenth Night: Malvolio’s Revenge with British Touring Shakespeare

Thirteenth Night: Malvolio’s Revenge with British Touring Shakespeare (By Andrew Hobbs and SP Howarth)
Saturday 24th August, 2pm

“I’ll be revenged on the whole pack of you!”

Set one year after the events of Shakespeare’s classic comedy Twelfth Night, this original sequel imagines what happens when Malvolio makes good on his threat and comes back to take his revenge. 

Part comedy, part revenger’s tragedy and written in authentic Shakespearean verse, this production will draw on British Touring Shakespeare’s 25 years of experience delighting audiences around the world with their fresh take on open air theatre to deliver something exciting and new that outdoor Shakespeare audiences will love.

The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde with British Touring Shakespeare

The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde with British Touring Shakespeare 
Saturday 24th August, 7pm

When the police investigation into the brutal murder of Sir Danvers Carew fails to yield anything other than the name of a suspect who seems to have disappeared, his daughter Cordelia joins forces with her late father’s lawyer Gabriel Utterson to try and uncover the truth. But where is the sinister Edward Hyde and what is his connection to Utterson’s friend Dr Henry Jekyll?

The team behind previous acclaimed productions of The Hound Of The Baskervilles and Dracula return with a brand new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s gothic masterpiece. Having delighted audiences around the world with their fresh, energetic and accessible take on open air theatre since 1999, British Touring Shakespeare are thrilled to return to the Arches with their innovative version of this classic tale.

Nunsense with Vestry Productions

Nunsense with Vestry Productions
30th August, 7pm and 31st August 2pm and 7pm


Nunsense is habit-forming! This riotous musical comedy is a fundraiser put on by the Little Sisters of Hoboken to raise money to bury sisters accidentally poisoned by the convent cook, Sister Julia (Child of God). A wholesome, heavenly delight!