WITH the filming of Mary Anning biopic ‘Ammonite’ now complete, the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis has now revealed the important part it played in the production process.
The film will star Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet as Lyme’s famous fossil hunter Mary Anning, alongside co-stars Saoirse Ronan and Fiona Shaw.
The Marine Theatre has recently revealed that it was hired by the Fossil Films production company across three weeks, playing its own crucial role in the feature film.
The theatre is situated a couple of hundred metres from two of the film’s main locations on Broad Street and Combe Street. This made it very helpful for a number of uses.
The wardrobe and costumes were housed in the auditorium, alongside a number of temporary dressing rooms in which some of the cast were fitted with authentic 19th century costumes hired from Cosprop and Sands films in London.
Following in the footsteps of artists that have performed in the the theatre over the years, from James Cagney to Fleetwood Mac, the theatre’s permanent dressing rooms were used to prepare wigs and makeup.
The seaside theatre was also used as a makeshift canteen, where members of the cast crew ate at lunchtimes, and it was useful as a holding space for some of the cast to shelter from the weather and paparazzi in between scenes.