AS the nights get colder and the fires get brighter, the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis has the perfect festive programme to get you in the Christmas spirit.
Pick up a mug of mulled wine and enjoy Jazz in the Bar with Charlie Bicknell, with an added dash of yuletide sparkle; a screening of Shakespeare’s tragi-comedy, ‘The Winter’s Tale’; a double-bill of ‘The Snowman’ and ‘Father Christmas’, and a Polar Express pyjama party.
The star on the top of the tree and the theatre’s gift to you – a free screening of ‘White Christmas’.
This festive flurry kicks off with Charlie Bicknell’s Christmas Jazz in the Bar on Sunday, December 8. A vocal sensation, Charlie will be performing a special Christmas programme at the Marine’s long-running jazz event.
Described by The Observer as “always delighting”, Bicknell has worked with singers such as Marie Wilson, Anita Wardell, and Alison Limerick. She has sung at a host of London’s jazz venues and in addition to her extensive jazz repertoire she will be regaling the audience of Lyme Regis with Christmas classics like ‘Santa Baby’, ‘The Little Boy Who Santa Forgot’, and Nat King Cole’s ‘Christmas Song’.
Next on the Marine’s Christmas extravaganza is a streaming of ‘The Winter’s Tale’ on Thursday, December 12. Filmed live at London’s Garrick Theatre in 2015, this re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic tale of love and obsession stars Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh.
‘The Winter’s Tale’ tells the story of King Leontes who appears to have everything: power, wealth, loving family, and a hoard of friends. But it wouldn’t be a Shakespearean comedy without a string of tragic consequences, where being pursued by a bear is the least of everyone’s worries!
The remarkable cast include Tom Bateman as Florizel, Jessie Buckley as Perdita, Hadley Fraser as Polixenes, and Miranda Raison as Hermione.
Audience members both young and old are invited to don their cosiest pyjamas for the Marine’s special event, The Polar Express Pyjama Party on Saturday, December 14, including a screening of the popular film. You may even catch a glimpse of Father Christmas and the Station Master themselves at the theatre.
This film stars Tom Hanks as the train master on a magical train where, on Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on an unexpected adventure to the North Pole. Come experience the roller-coaster journey up and down mountains, teeter across mile-high bridges, and the singing waiters all aboard The Polar Express.
This year’s free yuletide feature film is the epitome of a Christmas classic, ‘White Christmas’. On Saturday, December 21 the Marine Theatre will be screening on the Bing Cosby musical in which a successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont Inn of their former commanding general.
Finally, before the seasonal hibernation commences, the Marine closes its festive season with a double-bill of ‘The Snowman’ and ‘Father Christmas’. These Raymond Briggs classics will be played back to back with an interval on Sunday, December 22.
For further details and tickets for all the above events, call 01297 442138 or visit www.marinetheatre.com