Week of anniversary celebrations underway at Marine Theatre

Marine Theatre director Gabby Rabbitts and town councillors David Sarson, Michaela Ellis, Kelsey Ellis, Gillian Stammers, David Ruffle, Belinda Bawden, Jeff Scowen and Stan Williams celebrate the venue’s 125th anniversary at this week’s programme launch

THE Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis has been celebrating its 125th anniversary this week.

Events got underway on Sunday with a free screening of classic film ‘All Over The Town’.

The movie was filmed in Lyme Regis in the 1940s – telling the story of two local newspaper reporters who take on the corrupt town council – and the screening was packed with many local faces keen to catch a glimpse of Lyme in days gone by.

Local resident Ken Gollop introduced the film, telling the audience which familiar sights to look out for.

On Monday night the Marine hosted a reception to launch its programme for the coming season, the highlight of which is set to be a sell-out show by Sir Ian McKellen.

The launch was well attended by regular theatre-goers and several town councillors.

The anniversary ‘Lyme Regis Revue’ show opened last night, featuring several local organisations, and performances will also be held tonight (Friday) and tomorrow with tickets now half price.

The Marine’s grand raffle will also be drawn on Saturday night, having raised £6,000 for the venue’s upkeep and last-minute tickets may still be available.

To finish the week of celebrations, the Marine will host ‘Morgan & West’s Utterly Spiffing Magic Show for Kids and Childish Grown-Ups’ on Sunday, June 23 at 2pm.

Supporters are also being asked to ‘Adopt a Year’ from the theatre’s 125-year history for £125.

For full details on all of the above and tickets, call 01297 442138 or visit www.marinetheatre.com

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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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