Marine Theatre to host summer of outdoor performances

THIS summer, the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis is hosting five atmospheric, outdoor events against the beautiful backdrop of the Jurassic Coast.

The events include renditions of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, and ‘Twelfth Night’, Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, and children’s classics ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny’.

The outdoor theatre season kicks off with Shakespeare’s comedy ‘Twelfth Night’, which sees the return of the Handlebards to Lyme Regis on June 22.

Pedalling from venue to venue with all of their set, props and costumes on the back of their bikes, the Handlebards are a troupe of actors who are spending the summer bringing environmentally-sustainable Shakespeare to venues across the UK.

Another comedy, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, will be performed on August 22, involving audience interaction and live music.

‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ will be a ‘summer tea party’ performance on July 15.

Over tea and cucumber sandwiches, the audience is asked to witness the seemingly impossible – the entirety of Oscar Wilde’s classic play of manners, affairs, and handbags being performed by just two talented entertainers.

Two family-friendly shows include an enchanting new outdoor adaptation of two of Beatrix Potter’s best-loved tales, ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny’ on July 23, and Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ on August 12. 

The outdoor shows at Theatre Square, outside the Marine Theatre, run from July 15 to August 12 and tickets are available from £10. 

Lord Chamberlain’s Men return to Lyme Regis

The Marine Theatre has also joined forces with Lyme Regis Football Club for the second year, to bring the esteemed Lord’s Chamberlain Men to the Davey Fort ground in Charmouth Road.

With a history stretching back to William Shakespeare himself, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men invite you to join them this summer for the sparkling comedy, ‘As You Like It’.

One of the UK’s finest touring theatre companies present this great play as Shakespeare first saw it performed – in the open air, with Elizabethan costumes, music and dance.

The performance will be held on Wednesday, September 7 with tickets costing £17 or £10 for children.

Tickets for all the above are available to book at marinetheatre.com

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