Marine Theatre to stage 125th anniversary show

marine theatreTHE Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a special production looking back over the history of the building. 

Plans for ‘The Marine: The First 125 Years!’ were revealed earlier this week at a meeting attended by theatre supporters and representatives of Lyme’s performing societies and organisations.

The show – to be staged over three nights in June – is being written by Marine Theatre patron and Lyme-born scriptwriter Andrew Rattenbury and will be directed by Pearl Marsland.

The production will be a “review show”, bringing favourite songs and scenes from past productions back to the stage, intertwined with a narrative that will look back at the history of the venue since it was built on top of the town’s public baths 125 years ago, first operating as a drill hall.

It is hoped that many of Lyme’s performing societies – including Lyme Regis Musical Theatre, the pantomime society, Marine Players, the town band, ballet school and B Sharp – will take part.

Speaking at the meeting, Mr Rattenbury said: “Ultimately, it’s a celebration of all the theatre and music that has taken place in that building, which is a huge undertaking. There will be lots of sing-alongs and the audience will be just as much a part of the show.

“The theatre is very much part of the community and that’s what we want to celebrate.”

Theatre director Gabby Rabbitts added: “We want to focus on how lucky we are to have a theatre, celebrate its past but also look forward to the next 125 years.”

The production will be the highlight of a weekend of events celebrating the 125th anniversary, which will also include a photo exhibition and a family magic show.

Auditions are expected to be held shortly and the theatre is also looking for volunteers to help with props, costumes, set design, etc. Anyone interested in volunteering or learning more about the show should email

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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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