Theatre group may fold after 100th anniversary

Lyme Regis Musical Theatre impressed audiences last year with ‘Anything Goes’

LYME Regis Musical Theatre, formerly the operatic society, were looking forward to celebrating their 100th anniversary this year.

The society staged a centenary dinner at the Royal Lion in March and were due to perform the block-buster musical ‘Chicago’ in May, which was later postponed.

They were also planning a concert version of ‘The Mikado’, their first-ever show at the Marine Theatre in 1921.

But a question mark now hangs over whether to society will continue to operate.

A statement about the future of LRMT was issued to members this week by chairman Johanna Hopkins.

The statement said: “Over the last week or so, the committee together with our three artistic directors, have decided that because of the continued social distancing caused by the COVID-19 virus, we are going to have to cancel ‘Chicago’. We are all truly devastated by this decision, but sadly it is the right and only one.

“The Woodmead Halls closed in March and we were advised that because the venue had closed on us, we should be able to claim back all expenses to date.

“It has been decided to put the society into dormancy until September 2021. Some of the existing committee will help to kick start LRMT again then, and it is hoped that new people will come forward to form a new committee.

“The existing committee will be happy to set them on the right path using their past experience, and when things are up and running, will step away.

“If no one comes forward we will disband the society.”

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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