Live theater returns to quirky outdoor venue near Milton Keynes – MKFM 106.3FM

The Arches Theater

The Arches Theater near Olney returns for its fifth year to offer live theater and music in a quirky outdoor venue.

Theater and music are back at the Théâtre des Arches from next Thursday (21/7).

The unique venue takes its name from the four picturesque disused railway arches, which are used to stage exciting plays during the summer months.

The theater has extended its 2022 run to six weeks, following five successful years of sold-out performances.

There will be ten local and professional theater groups and musicians performing over 20 shows between late July and early September. From family and Shakespeare shows to live music and gothic horror, there’s something for everyone.

Taking to the outdoor stage includes returning favorites The Wet Mariners with their decade-long cover of ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’, DOT Productions with ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘Pygmalion’, British Touring Shakespeare with ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ and ‘Dracula’, and Etcetera Theater Company with ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’.

Popular local theater group, Milton Keynes Theater of Comedy, also return to the stage with their second installment of ‘Ripping Yarns’ created by Michael Palin and Terry Jones of Monty Python fame. Like last year, all profits and contributions from these performances will be donated to the National Brain Appeal – a charity dedicated to dementia.

Last year £10,000 was raised.

Two theater companies making their Arches Theater debut are The Last Baguette with its fun and grotesque family tale of ‘King Arthur’ and The Shakespeare Circus with its vibrant and haunting adaptation of ‘The Tempest’.

Live music comes from ABBA tribute band ‘ABBA Sensation’, world famous British dulcimer player, guitarist and composer, Dan Evans, and finally Richard Digance who will be joined by local musicians and bands.

Owner and Artistic Director David Pibworth said: “As a small independent theatre, we are absolutely delighted with the way The Arches Theater has developed over the past five years. 2022 is our biggest year yet.

“Supporting local and professional theater troupes and musicians is very important to us, as is bringing amazing theater and culture to our local community for everyone to enjoy.

“Our goal is to bring an immersive, exciting and different experience to our outdoor theater, where our audience won’t have to pay through their nose for it. At The Arches we create a unique experience that you won’t get anywhere else in Buckinghamshire.”

For tickets and more information, go to the Arches Theater website.

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