Lyme shows off varied talent for Marine’s 125th anniversary show

Youngsters from Lyme School of Ballet entertained with a comedy dance

LYME Regis’ performing organisations came together to help the Marine Theatre celebrate its 125th anniversary in June.

‘The Lyme Regis Revue’ included performances from Lyme Regis Pantomime Society, Lyme School of Ballet, the Marine Players and young musicians from B Sharp, showing off the varied talents of the local groups.

Lyme School of Ballet kicked off the show, with younger members bringing the cute factor as they performed a comedy version of ‘Swan Lake’ wearing L-plates.

Older pupils wowed the crowds, as did principal Miss Freya Lovett who sang ‘Never Enough’ from ‘The Greatest Showman’ to accompany one of her dancers.

The pantomime society then had the audience in stitches as president Bill Street – who regularly played the dame in his younger years and is now in his 80s – made his return to the stage in ‘Oh What a Shambles’, which brought many favourite pantos performed at the Marine over the years together.

After the interval, youngsters from Lyme Regis-based charity B Sharp performed some of their own music, including a powerful song on plastic waste and the environment.

The show closed with the Marine Players bringing their popular production of ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ from March 2018 back to the stage.

Gemma Hatton reprised her lead role of parish vicar Geraldine Granger, and audiences were delighted that Lorraine Knowles returned as Alice Tinker, this time playing opposite the Marine’s duty manager Tom Rushforth as Hugo Horton.

The Marine Theatre will continue to celebrate its 125th anniversary throughout the year, and you can find out how to ‘Adopt a Year’ of its history at

Lyme Regis Pantomime Society presented ‘Oh, What a Shambles!’
Lyme Regis Pantomime Society president Bill Street returned to the stage as the dame
Gemma Hatton and Lorraine Knowles from the Marine Players reprised their roles in ‘The Vicar of Dibley’
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