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King Arthur - The Last Baguette Theatre Company

King Arthur
21st July, 4.30pm

A fun and farcical two-hour (incl interval) family adventure directed by John Nicholson and written by Tiff Woodsmith.

Somewhere in Britain, a long time ago, a very, very, very long time ago. So long ago that nobody quite knows whether it happened or not. Or where it happened or not.


A boy pulled a sword from a stone and became King. A story of the old world, with knights, wizards, mist and magic.

This fun and farcical adventure is a deliberately anarchic and anachronistic re-telling of the Arthurian Legend with live music, physical comedy and lo-fi acrobatics. And some silly jokes…

Tickets are £12 per person or £40 for a family of 4.

The Tempest - Shakespeare Circus Theatre Company

The Tempest - Shakespeare Circus Theatre Company
22nd July, 7:30pm

Come and join us for a spellbinding open air production of William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’.

Performed by a cast of 12 actors from the  vibrant  ‘Shakespeare Circus Theatre Company’, the production is set to be a fun favourite for all the family with its cast of colourful characters, original musical score, madcap romps, high comedy and tender love.

Shakespeare’s late, great gem, widely believed to be the last full play that he wrote alone examines the power of true love, our capacity for vengeance and what it takes to forgive.

The play that has mesmerised and moved audiences for over 400 years is just as relevant and powerful today.

You will be spellbound by the magic of the wizard Prospero, enchanted by the music of the tropical island and you are guaranteed to have a really good  laugh with the comic leads. An evening not to be missed!

Tickets are £15 per person.

ABBA Sensation

ABBA Sensation
12th August, 8.15pm 


Returning to The Arches this August… ABBA Sensation!


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, which combines costume changes, lighting effects and a faithful reproduction of the Abba sound.

A great evening’s entertainment is guaranteed for all age ranges.

The band love audience participation, so you can sing along, clap or even get up and dance.

Please note, this bands concerts tend to sell out very quickly, so please book your tickets as soon as possible for a great night out.
 

Richard Digance and Friends!

Richard Digance and guests!
13th August, 5pm

BAFTA nominated musician Richard Digance returns to The Arches Theatre this August having performed to a sell-out audience in summer 2020.

This year he will be joined by a variety of local bands plus Arches’ owner, David Pibworth, and his band The Bolivian Sunshine Dogs – a nine-piece comedy jazz band!

Expect an evening of fun, laughter and ingenious comedy music. You will not experience this evening anywhere else! More details to follow.

Tickets are £19.50 for those aged 16 and over, and £16.50 for under 16.

Dan Evans - Dulcimer and Guitar Concert

Dan Evans
14th August, 2.00pm

Join ‘world-renowned British dulcimer player, guitarist and composer’ Dan Evans for an afternoon concert of dulcimer and guitar music and song.

Dan is from Olney, and this will be his first local concert in four years.   

Tickets are £10 per person. The performance runs from 2pm to 3.45 with a 20 minute interval.
 

Love's Labour's Lost - The Wet Mariners 10th Anniversary performance

Love’s Labour’s Lost 
20th August, 2pm and 7pm


Come and celebrate The Wet Mariner’s 10th anniversary with their ingenious revival performance of Love’s Labour’s Lost. This was the very first production by The Wet Mariners in 2012 when they had freshly graduated from LAMDA.   
See them revive this play in the only way they know how – with fun, energy and much laughter!

After vowing to avoid women and commit to a life of self-improvement for three years, the King of Navarre and three of his friends - Berowne, Dumaine and Longaville - have to host a princess and her three ladies. The four men fall in love and decide to court the women. In the end, the women must return to their kingdom for a year after which they will marry the king and his friends, providing they remain true to them.

Love's Labour's Lost is a comedy about young love, with an unexpected ending.

Tickets are £15 per person.

The Jungle Book - DOT Productions

The Jungle Book
21st August, 1pm


DOT Productions return to The Arches with their own adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’.
 
Join Mowgli as Bagheera and Baloo help him on his journey through the jungle back to the man- village. Watch as they encounter the monkeys, run from Shere Khan the tiger, and get hypnotised by Kaa the snake.
A fun family show that takes you on a rollercoaster adventure!

Brought to the stage by a cast of 5 actors, this production is sure to entertain the smallest to the eldest of your wolf pack.

Tickets are £12 per person or £40 for a family of 4.

Pygmalion - DOT Productions

Pygmalion
21st August, 5pm


Could a Cockney Flower girl really be transformed into a Fair Lady?

DOT Productions return in their 12th year of touring with their own adaptation of a well-loved classic, George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.

Will professor of phonetics Henry Higgins transform Eliza Doolittle enough to convince upper-class society that she is one of them, or will Eliza never forget who she really is?

Pygmalion explores the English class system with all of its petty attitudes and posturing. Full of wit & wisdom Shaw exposes the hollowness at the heart of that society, but it is not just about accents or class. It is about the battle of the sexes, of control!

Brought to the stage by a cast of 5 actors and DOT’s unmistakeable entertaining style this is not to be missed.

Tickets are £16 per person.

The Merry Wives of Windsor - British Touring Shakespeare

The Merry Wives Of Windsor
27th & 28th August, 3.00pm 


By Shakespeare directed by Andrew Hobbs

British Touring Shakespeare returns to The Arches following their sell out performances of 'The Hounds of the Baskervilles' in 2021. They return with The Merry Wives Of Windsor is a hilarious romp which sees the women of Windsor gain the upper hand in a bawdy battle of the sexes with the drunken knight Sir John Falstaff. This classic farce is guaranteed to make for an unforgettable evening of laughter enjoying outdoor theatre at its very best.

Tickets are £15 per person

Dracula - British Touring Shakespeare

Dracula
27th & 28th August, 7.30pm


By Bram Stoker adapted for the stage and directed by Andrew Hobbs

British Touring Shakespeare returns to The Arches following a sell  out performance of 'The Hounds of the Baskervilles' in 2021. They return with the gothic horror tale of Dracula - Professor Abraham Van Helsing, an expert in the supernatural, presents his most terrifying case as he is called in to help a young woman who becomes mysteriously ill during a trip to Whitby. Has Lucy Westenra contracted some rare disease or has she fallen victim to something more evil? And what has become of her best friend Mina’s fiancé Jonathan Harker after he was sent to the Carpathian Mountains to oversee the purchase of a London house by the sinister Count Dracula?

This play contains adult themes which some younger children may find scary so parental discretion is advised.

Tickets are £15 per person

Ripping Yarns - Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy

Ripping Yarns
1st – 3rd September, 
7.30pm

Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy return to The Arches with their adaptations of the final three chapters of Ripping Yarns – the Boy’s Own adventure parodies by Michael Palin and Terry Jones (originally BBC TV 1977).

All monies raised through ticket sales will go to the National Brain Appeal - a dementia charity.

They have already staged 6 of the 9 episodes (3 indoors in 2009 and 3 more at the Arches theatre in Summer 2021).

Join us for a hilarious outdoor performance of:
- ‘The Curse of the Claw’: A strange Burmese relic carries a terrible curse that our hero tries to lift to save his family
- ‘Murder At Moorstones’: Hugo and Dora drive down to see Mumsie and Dadsie-pie for a long weekend in the country. But their tophole weekend turns out to be longer than they thought.
- ‘Whinfrey’s last case’:  Set in 1913, Britain’s greatest (and overworked) secret agent takes a much-needed holiday to Cornwall and uncovers a German invasion plot.

Tickets cost £15 per person