THE Marine Players return to the stage next month for their production of dark comedy ‘A Tomb With A View’.
Raising funds for the upkeep of the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis, the players have amassed a talented cast for the show, which will be held nightly from Wednesday, October 23 to Saturday, October 26.
‘A Tomb With A View’ was written by Norman Robbins and will be performed with arrangement by Samuel French Ltd. Robbins was an actor, director and author who found his niche in the world of comedy, particularly pantomimes.
Coincidentally, Lyme Regis Pantomime Society is also currently rehearsing one of Robbins’ works, ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’, for their next production in February.
In 1979, Robbins was invited, as a visiting professor, to teach at Iowa State University, where he directed one of his own pantomimes and, as a result, his version of ‘Cinderella’ became the first pantomime to be staged in New York for almost 100 years.
He fulfilled a life-long ambition in his later years by writing an account of the evolution of pantomime, entitled ‘Slapstick and Sausages’.
‘A Tomb With A View’ is, however, not a pantomime. Set in a sinister old library, a dusty lawyer reads a will (involving some millions of pounds) to an equally sinister family, one member of which has werewolf tendencies, another wanders around in a toga of Julius Caesar, and a third member is a gentle old lady who plants more than seeds in her flower beds.
The body count piles up as the play twists and turns to its surprising conclusion.
Shows will be held at 7.30pm nightly at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis, with the bar opening from 6.30pm. Tickets cost £12 for adults or £6, available by calling 01297 442138 or visit www.marinetheatre.com