THE Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis has announced that it is presenting all National Theatre Live and Royal Shakespeare Company Live productions, alongside a selection of other event screenings, such as ballet.
As a way to see world-class productions, the screenings proved very popular in the town’s Regent Cinema, which has been closed since suffering fire damage two years ago.
Since the fire, the Marine has accommodated some of the Regent’s events for the community; for example, the local film society has moved to the arts venue.
Gabby Rabbitts, director of the Marine, said “Our audience survey showed a significant demand for National Theatre Live, so I am delighted to respond to that and make this exciting announcement today.
“By providing these live screenings, we are complementing the existing live programme of music, comedy, and theatre, while offering the community the chance to engage with nationally recognised productions in their own town.”
In order to provide the screenings, the arts venue is investing in significantly-improved sound equipment, which will also be used for other events such as music and comedy.
In the first quarter of of 2018 the Marine will present three screenings.
The season starts on Valentines’ Day when Adrian Edmondson stars in ‘Twelfth Night’, Shakespeare’s hilarious yet heartbreaking tale of unrequited love. On February 22nd Sienna Miller stars in Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ and in March, Nicholas Hytner directs a new take on the Shakespeare classic ‘Julius Caesar’, starring Ben Whilshaw.
Tickets for all screenings are £11 in advance (booking fee may apply) or £12.50 on the door, available from www.marinetheatre.com or by calling 01297 442138. Doors open at 6pm and the shows start at 7pm. Seating is unallocated.