From Matthew Bourne and Harold Pinter to the Marine

JAM-packed with hilarious characters, ‘A Tomb With A View’ is a wickedly comic play that depicts a family embroiled in inheritance conflicts.

Under the direction of Steve Miller, who works as a lighting technician at the Marine Theatre, the Marine Players will perform this dark comedy from Wednesday, October 23 to Saturday, October 26.

Steve has worked as either a director or technician with dozens of huge names. including Harold Pinter, Matthew Bourne, Lee Evans, and Carlos Acosta. He came to the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis four years ago.

He has directed more than 50 professional plays and brings 34 years of technical experience to shed new light on this play in his amateur dramatic directorial debut.

With an international career, including on West End productions such as ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Cats’, and ‘The Fix’, Steve has worked on more than 400 professional shows and a spattering of films (even daring to feature in one himself).

‘A Tomb With A View’, which is set in a deeply sinister old library that would not look out of place in Dracula’s castle, is looked over by the omniscient portrait of a grim-faced, mad-eyed, and unnerving old man.

Written by Norman Robbins, the play’s characters make up a strange family: one has werewolf tendencies, another wears Julius Caesar’s toga, and an unsuspecting ‘gentle’ old lady plants more than just seeds in her flower beds.

By the final act there are more corpses on stage than the living.

The Marine Players is a local group of experienced talented performers. Formerly known as the Lyme Regis Dramatic Society, they were renamed the Marine Players in 2016 and have staged hugely successful productions including ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Ghost Train’, ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ and ‘Local Affairs’, all raising funds for the theatre’s upkeep.

The play is currently in rehearsals and is an exciting exploration for Steve, who commented: “It’s great fun, I’m learning new skills in interpretation, like trying to tell an actor how to be a sexy diva, while not making the chap she is doing it too embarrassed.”

The performance promises twists, turns, and a heavy dose of comedy. It will be held nightly from Wednesday, October 23 to Saturday, October 26.

Tickets are £12 for adults and £6 for under 18s, available by calling 01297 442138 or visit www.marinetheatre.com

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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