THE Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis has announced that top chef and restaurateur Mark Hix has joined the arts venue as a patron.
Mark splits his time between his homes in London and Charmouth. He owns HIX Oyster & Fish House and the HIX Townhouse in Lyme Regis, as well as six restaurants in the capital.
The chef, who was awarded an MBE for hospitality in 2016, grew up in West Bay and attended the Sir John Colfox Academy in Bridport and Weymouth College.
As well as his love of food, Mark is also passionate about the arts. He is well known for displaying cutting edge, modern art in his restaurants and collaborated with British artist Damien Hirst to open his restaurant Pharmacy 2 in 2016.
He’s also a regular visitor at the Marine, commenting: “We’ve worked with the theatre in the past on special events – and having enjoyed many nights out there – I am delighted to accept the invitation as patron.
“I love the breadth of events. It’s great that in our small town you can see a play, listen to a band or laugh at a comedian.
“I’m looking forward to being an ambassador for the venue. It’s so important to support culture in our community.”
Mark joins fellow theatre patrons, Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan, actor Oliver Ford Davies and locally-born scriptwriter Andrew Rattenbury.
Gabby Rabbitts, director of the Marine, said “I’m so pleased to welcome Mark as a patron. He’s put Lyme Regis on the map for food and his passion for the arts is palpable.
“We have lots of exciting plans in the pipeline to work together on projects for the community.”
To celebrate the partnership, HIX Oyster & Fish House in Lyme Regis is offering Marine Theatre ticket holders 10 per cent off their bill before or after shows. For full details of the offer, visit the website www.marinetheatre.com