Share your memories of the Marine Theatre

The drill hall pictured in the 1890s, known today as the Marine Theatre, pictured below as w know it today

IN 1893 it was announced by a Mr Philpot that he intended to build a drill hall on the site of the old baths in Lyme Regis, which by then were in a very dilapidated condition.

The baths themselves had gone through various incarnations with various uses, but Philpot’s proposal would be the birth of what we know now as the Marine Theatre.

The building was officially opened in March 1894 and there are plans afoot to commemorate the 125th anniversary in the spring of 2019.

marine theatreThese celebrations will not only allow local talent to be showcased and appreciated, but also allow for a new history of the theatre to see the light of the day.

The format of this proposed history has yet to be decided; it may be in the form of a brochure, an installation, a serialisation in a local newspaper, but supporters can certainly expect to see a play or an evening’s entertainment based on the last 125 years of the theatre’s life.

To that end, theatre volunteers invite LymeOnline’s readers to share their memories and experiences of the theatre. These can be anything from performing, volunteering, being an audience member or even repairing various leaks over the years!

David Ruffle, who is leading the project, said: “If you happen to have any playbills or posters of past events that are gathering dust in the attic, then we would love to see them.”

Contact David on or text 07827 925 878, or you can regularly find him working at Quality Corner.

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