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Stage Door Bar Theatre props store, cabinet of curiosities, a shabby-cheek make-under or just plain odd? There’s plenty to talk about, confuse and amuse in the Stage Door Bar, all lovingly created by Wotzat Installations. To complement the stunning sea views across Lyme Bay we’ve got a great new range of drinks too, with particular emphasis on locally sourced tipples at affordable prices. Come and see what everyone is talking about. For all of our evening performances the bar is open for pre-theatre drinks, an interval libation or a post-show dram. Lyme’s most intimate venue is open for business...

R&D by the Sea We’ve got a very exciting programme starting here at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. It’s called R&D by the Sea. R&D by the Sea is the Marine Theatre’s nurturing programme for new and developing work. We all need space to think. Lyme Regis, set in the heart of England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounded by 95 miles of truly stunning coastline with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth’s history, has just that. It’s not often ideas come fully formed. We need time to delight, surprise, scare and confuse ourselves. To give ourselves fertile ground on which to develop. To invest in hours of research and then to forget all about it. This is where R&D by the Sea comes in. R&D by the Sea gives artists use of the theatre and its facilities, normally for a 5 day period, to develop their work. We’ve invited writers, actors, theatre makers and practitioners of all kinds to come to Lyme Regis. Unfold, unlock and explore a vision, a feeling, a thought. Draw from our landscapes, history, communities and people. And at the end of their week-long stay, we’ve invited these artists to share what they’ve found. With you. We’re very excited to be welcoming 3 companies to Lyme Regis this autumn under the R&D by the Sea umbrella. Each sharing will be entirely different. It may last 10mins. It may last an hour. We can’t tell you much about them, as they haven’t been made yet. All we ask is that you come along with a warm heart and an open mind. You’ll get a chance to chat to the company afterwards and fill out a feedback form with your thoughts. We’d love to hear what you think. Sharing 1 The Beehive present Paper Wings - Sunday 15th September at 6.00pm. Sharing 2 Heavy Weather present Jane Eyre - Friday 15th November at 7.00pm. Sharing 3 Teatro Entre Escombros present The Goat in the Pearl Necklace - Wednesday 27th November at 7.00pm.


We’ll be inviting more companies to take part in the R&D by the Sea programme over the course of the autumn, so keep an eye on for details for other sharings coming up. If you’re an artist interested in applying for a place on the R&D by the Sea programme, please visit / box office: 01297 442138

The Night with

Robbie McIntosh Friday 6th September

At 5:00pm on Saturday September 7th, over 2,000 guitarists will be gathering on Lyme Regis front beach to attempt a new UK record for the largest number of guitarists to play a song simultaneously - Buddy Holly’s ‘Rave On’. With our long history of hosting international musicians across the decades, we’re delighted to be presenting two fantastic evenings in association with Guitars on the Beach. ‘The Night With Robbie McIntosh’ will be two fantastic shows by Robbie in one gig. In the first half, he will perform a first-half acoustic show with Jess Upton and Steve Wilson, featuring their all-hits set which has been called “the best set list in popular music”. In the second half of the concert, the full Robbie McIntosh Band will perform the epic blues-rock that made him not only lead guitarist with The Pretenders, Paul McCartney and John Mayer but also sideman to top artists including Roger Daltrey, Mark Knopfler, Chuck Berry, Norah Jones, Cher, Joe Cocker, Talk Talk, Paul Young and Kirsty MacColl. Friday 6th September Doors: 7.30pm Onstage: 8.00pm All tickets: £12.50 Running time: Music ‘til midnight, bar ‘til 1am!

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The Guitars on the Beach After Party Saturday 7th September

The only place to be after the UK record attempt is The Guitars On The Beach After Party at the Marine Theatre, as everyone who is anyone heads for the theatre to put on their dancing shoes for a fiesta night to celebrate the success of Britain’s Biggest-Ever Band. The After Party will be a dance-allnight show – with bands showcasing the best of Lyme’s rock and blues, performing the songs you know and all playing in the key of fun. Saturday 7th September Doors 7.45pm Onstage 8.00pm All tickets: £10 Running time: Music ‘til midnight, bar ‘til 1am!



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Food Rocks Saturday 7th Sunday 8th September Generously sponsored by VZUG, Bulthaup Exeter, Lyme Bay Holidays and Palmers Brewery, Food Rocks is a fun-filled weekend of demonstrations, masterclasses and tastings held all around Lyme Regis, between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September. Food Rocks has been organized by Mark Hix and Jo Harris of HIX Oyster & Fish House to raise money for the RNLI. The Marine Theatre will be hosting ‘how to’ demos and hands-on master classes throughout the weekend including making sugarcraft flowers, dressing crabs with Simon Bennet at The Old Watch House, how to make the perfect scones with Caroline Parkins at Leakers Bakery, and cocktail making with internationally renowned mixologist Nick Strangeway. There will also be local producers selling their wares in the Parade Shelters and Theatre Square. Pop down with friends and family and make a weekend of it. For further information, a full schedule and details of ticket prices visit Saturday 7th - Sunday 8th September

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The Last Post Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th September

The award winning Kilter Theatre makes theatre in surprising and unusual places. And you can’t get much more surprising and unusual than a bright red Luton Van on Lyme Regis seafront. Audiences will meet at the Marine Theatre before being led to the very special sorting office around the corner. The Last Post is a slightly wonky, nostalgic love story about the wonderful dying etiquette of letter writing. Taking place inside Mobile Sorting Office 451 and interwoven with stunning live music Kilter welcome you to the legendary home and headquarters of the Great Aunt Sorority - taking care of letters and packages that cannot easily be delivered. “...scribbled, worn, smudged, torn, incompletely addressed and completely unaddressed; letters sent in blind faith to ancient addresses of long-lost friends who have defied the allure of Facebook.” Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th September Times: 2.30pm, 7.30pm Full Price: £13.00 Concessions: £12.00 TheatreFriends discount available Running time: 70 mins (approx)

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Annika Skoogh and Philip Clouts Friday 20th September Our tremendously popular Jazz in the Bar series is back. Taking place in our ‘shabby-cheek’ Stage Door Bar, tickets are very limited for these sell-out events, so make sure you book early! Born in South America and raised in Sweden, vocalist Annika demonstrates a skillful ability to interpret songs with an effortless natural style. Her voice has a distinctive, dynamic sound with a warm and soulful timbre. She commits to each song and style with great passion, and being multilingual she adds another dimension to her performances by sometimes singing in different languages. She will be accompanied by Philip Clouts at the piano. “Seriously good talent ... her rich, lustrous & heartfelt vocals remind me of a dancer who can leap and twist to any height or position with precision, grace and ease” Phonic FM Friday 20th September Doors: 7.00pm Onstage: 8.00pm Advance: £6.50 Door: £7.50 Running time: TBC

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ArtsFest is an artist-led group which has organised an annual festival in Lyme Regis since 2003. Its 2013 edition, running from 21st to 29th September features workshops, events, a town-wide Art Trail and group exhibitions; one of the latter showcasing the artwork created for its year-long re:collection collaboration with Lyme Regis Museum. We’re delighted to welcome them back to the theatre this year...

Free Folk Wednesday 25th September

They say it’s a free country - but it never feels that way. Because you never get to do what you want. Karen wants to get home before dark - but the forest has other ideas. Tim wants to settle down with Hannah - but Hannah wants to see the world from behind the wheel of her imaginary camper van. Pearl wants to be left independent in the house where she was born - her son wants her to be sensible and move to a nursing home. And Shaun - if we’re lucky, Shaun is a loveable rogue, wanting to make a few extra quid with a bit of mischief. But if we’re unlucky - maybe Shaun is something an awful lot worse... Part thriller, part comedy, Free Folk throws five strangers together on a dark, stormy night. Who will be left come the morning? Forest Forge is based on the edge of the New Forest and is one of the UK’s leading small-scale touring theatre companies. “Free Folk rivets your attention and there is a surprise around every corner.” The Stage Also at Dorchester Arts Centre. Wednesday 25th September - Time: 7:30pm Full Price: £10 Concessions £8 TheatreFriends discount available Suitable for ages 12+ Running time: 1hr 20mins (approx)

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Lucy Porter:

Northern Soul Thursday 26th September Lucy Porter, (familiar from popular TV and radio panel shows such as Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Mock The Week and The Unbelievable Truth) returns to the UK tour circuit, fresh from The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with her best show yet. Does geography shape our destiny? Born in Croydon to a Northern Irish dad and a Midlander mum (who met in Africa), Lucy never felt that she belonged down South. She tried moving to Manchester, marrying a Welshman and travelling the world, but she’s still - like the littlest hobo - seeking her spiritual home. “Impeccably punchlined anecdotes of the everyday. Genuinely delightful” The Daily Telegraph

Maddy Prior

Sunday 29th September Maddy Prior is one of the most enduring, influential and respected artists in British music having produced one of the most outstanding and varied bodies of work in the field of folk music. Still in love with her medium, still pushing at the boundaries, still fascinated by the possibilities that music has to offer, this autumn sees her team up with Giles Lewin (Carnival Band) and young accordion player Hannah James to perform the music of England, the British Isles and Eastern Europe – all delivered in her own unique style. Sunday 29th September Doors 7.45pm Onstage 8.30pm Full Price: £16.50 TheatreFriends Discount available Running time: 1hr 45mins (approx)

Also at Dorchester Arts Centre Thursday 26th September Time: 8.00pm Full Price: £13.50 Concessions: £12.00 TheatreFriends discount available Running time: 1hr 45mins (approx)

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Look, Stranger Friday 4th October

Join us as we celebrate National Poetry Day 2013 at the Marine Theatre in style... During the 1930s and 1940s, British composer Benjamin Britten wrote musical settings to many of WH Auden’s poems, including Stop All the Clocks. In this unique celebration of Britten’s centenary, a mystery special guest actor (who we promise you it’ll be a name you’ll know!) will read Auden’s words between new arrangements of the songs by Ruthie Culver and the UtterJazz Quartet. Keep an eye on our website,, as to who the famous face will be... Friday 4th October - Time: 7.30pm Full Price: £14 Concessions: £12 TheatreFriends discount available Running time: TBC

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Soldiers’ Wives

Evropska Quartet

A moving and heartfelt, gripping and funny drama about five women, running their households and keeping it all together whilst their husbands serve a tour of duty in Afghanistan; all played by Catherine Shipton, better known for creating the iconic and hugely popular role of Duffy in BBC’s awardwinning drama Casualty.

The exemplary Concerts in the West bring us the final concert in this year’s series of classical music events.

Sunday 6th October

An army base somewhere in England. Five lives caught up in the humdrum tension of waiting for their men to return whole and unharmed. A poignant and beautifully told story. Sarah Daniels’ plays have been performed at theatres including the Royal Court and the National Theatre. Soldiers’ Wives was originally broadcast on Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4.

Thursday 10th October

The Evropska Quartet is a young British string quartet described as a ‘quartet to watch’ by Seen and Heard International. The group perform regularly both in London and throughout Europe, recently appearing at the 200th Anniversary Lizst Festival in Switzerland and Westminster Abbey, London. The Evropska Quartet would like to thank Felicity Belfield for her generous support. Evropska Quartet Rowena Kennally, Adam Hill violins, Emily Hester viola, Alice Purton cello

Also at Bridport Arts Centre and Dorchester Arts Centre.

Programme: Haydn - Quartet in D major Op 20 No 4 Janácek - Quartet No 2 Intimate Letters Beethoven - Quartet No 8 in E minor Op 59 no 2 ‘Razumovsky’ Puccini - Crisantemi

Sunday 6th October - Time: 7.30pm Full price: £11 Concessions: £9 Members of the Armed Forces: £7.00 TheatreFriends discount available Running time: 1hr 5mins (approx)

Thursday 10th October - Time: 7:30pm Full price: £14 Concessions: £13 TheatreFriends discount available / Free Entry to Lyme Regis Passport Holders Running time: TBC

“A quietly assured tour de force” The Daily Telegraph

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Philip Clouts Quartet We’re very excited to be able to host this performance, promoted by the Lyme Regis Group of Amnesty International.

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Other unique events held at the Marine Theatre booked by artists themselves.

The Burma Play a Comedy of Terror Friday 18th October A story told with flair, biting humour, virtuoso performances and original live music, The Burma Play sprints through the long years of empire and dictatorship towards the current possibility of a new order. Along the way, Burma’s history is told in a series of ingenious quick-cutting scenes, in turn darkly funny, poignant and tragic. The one-hour performance is followed by a discussion in which audience and cast can share reactions and ideas about Burma’s past, present and future. Friday 18th October - Time: 7.30pm Full Price: £7.00 Concessions: £6.00 Please note tickets are also available from Lyme Regis Amnesty Group for this event. Running Time: 1hr (approx) + post show discussion


Saturday 19th October

Regulars at our very successful ‘Jazz in the Bar’ programme (for other events in this series see pages 9 & 20) will know Philip from his role as its curator. Now he’s bringing his quartet to the auditorium for an evening of uplifting mix of jazz, funk and world music from his new CD “The Hour of Pearl”. Philip’s career has included playing at Ronnie Scotts, Symphony Hall, and Glastonbury and Womad festivals. He is steeped both in the music of his native South Africa and in a diverse range of world musics which he has explored to critical acclaim with his larger outfit ZubopGambia. The quartet features saxophonist Carlos LopezReal from the London F-IRE Collective whom Dave Liebman says ‘plays with a sound that comes from his soul’. “It has a very infectious feel-good quality about it” Jazz FM “Joyous and celebratory...wonderfully unfettered playing” Ian Mann This evening features a very special guest appearance from Woodroffe’s school Jazz Ensemble. Saturday 19th October - Time: 8.00pm In advance £10.00 On the door: £12.00 Under 16s: £5.00 TheatreFriends discount available Running time: 2hrs (approx) / box office: 01297 442138

Jonzi D

Lyrikal Fearta: The Letter & Broken Lineage Saturday 26th October

Marshall Stapleton Friday 25th October Local multi-instrumentalist Marshall Stapleton has been building stringed instruments for a good (really good!) 30 years, and playing even longer. A founder member of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, ukuleles still feature in his live performances as do guitars, slide guitar, mandolins, harmonicas and various self made hybrids. Join him for an evening of strictly roots, with opinionated views on various aspects of music and the art of lutherie - how instruments work and why... Friday 25th October Doors: 7.00pm Onstage: 8.00pm In advance: £6.50 On the door: £7.50 Running time: TBC

We’re incredibly proud to be able to present one of the country’s top dance theatre performers here at the Marine. Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jonzi D presents a triple bill, including his acclaimed solo The Letter, which debuted in 2012 at Sadler’s Wells’ Lilian Baylis Studio. The evening also features a top guest artist as well as a new work from Jonzi, continuing three decades as a pioneering creative voice in hip hop dance theatre. The Letter explores the responses to Jonzi being offered an MBE. Using choreopoetic language, he paints a picture of “stunning rhythmical clarity” (The Stage), looking at this sensitive subject matter through the eyes of an animated cast of characters. The Letter is accompanied by a commissioned score played live by ‘Speakers Corner Quartet’ member, Kwake Bass. The evening will also feature a newly commissioned piece, exploring the broken lineage between the old skool and new skool of hip hop generations, bringing Jonzi’s unique perspective to evolving social issues. An exciting collaboration with Ivan Blackstock of BirdGang Dance Company, it promises to captivate audiences with Jonzi’s trademark wit, humour and style. Supported by Pavilion Dance South West. The Marine Theatre recommends... Like this? Then why not try “The Black Album”, a Hip-hop triple bill by Avant Garde Dance at Pavillion Dance South West in Bournmouth? For more details visit

Saturday 26th October - Time: 8.00pm Full Price: £12 Concessions: £10 TheatreFriends discount available Running time: 1hr 45mins (approx)

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Henry Blofeld: TMS and all that Thursday 31st October One of the iconic voices of sport, what better year to welcome Henry Blofeld to Lyme than in the middle of this, a 10-test Ashes year. But there is so much more to Henry Blofeld than the cosy old Test Match Special commentary box. No one has lived life more to the full... Stories of sojourns with Ian Fleming and Noel Coward In Jamaica, his dear friend Clive Dunn, as well as yarns spun about Lawrence Olivier and Alec Guinness, Henry has done it all. He talks about his entry into the world of journalism and broadcasting, with John Arlott, Brian Johnston and the great Jim Swanton (who Henry says was such a snob he refused to travel in the same car as his chauffeur.) It’s more than an hour and a half of uncomplicated fun and laughter which makes everyone feel a great deal better. By the end, the entire audience is both Shaken and Stirred and positively itching for more. My dear old thing! This will be a night to remember... Thursday 31st October - Time: 7.30pm Full price: £16.50 Concessions: £15.50 TheatreFriends discount available Running time: 1hr 45mins (approx) + post show Q&A

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War of the Buttons Friday 1st November

Welcome to a tale of squabbles, scuffles…and buttons! George grows grapes. Bessie grows cabbages.

‘See-Play-Do’ brings the best family theatre from across the country to the Marine. As if that wasn’t enough, there are plenty of opportunities to join in too, with messy sessions and workshops running before or after the performances. Come along and say hello! (We’ll have the kettle on for Mum and Dad too!).

One loves the sun. One loves the rain. A petty squabble grows and grows and grows into… The War of the Buttons! In a silly and wonderful tale, buttons and friendships are lost and won, games are played, and audiences young and old can rediscover their inner child. Be taken on a journey of imagination, to a world drawn by a child. A world where you are invited to eat birthday cake, take sides and where a button can be a kiss, a wish, a present, or a trophy of war! Told through an energetic mix of music, puppetry, clowning, movement and sign language, The War of the Buttons distinctive non-verbal vocabulary creates a show accessible to deaf, hearing and international audiences. It premiered in 2007 in France and has toured the UK, France, Ireland and Finland. Friday 1st November - Time: 10.00am (with stay and play after the show!) All tickets: £5 TheatreFriends discount available Running time: 50mins

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Other unique events held at the Marine Theatre booked by artists themselves.

Shakespeare Schools Festival Wednesday 6th November

Kimber’s Men Saturday 2nd November

From the very West of West Wales to South and East England, and from Denmark, Scotland, Cumbria and Northumberland to Jersey, Portsmouth and Falmouth, audiences have raved over Kimber’s Men. Recently featured in the BBC2 and BBC4 productions of ‘Sea Songs’, they have recorded five CDs and performed in concert with Show of Hands. Come to the Marine Theatre for an evening with probably the finest (and funniest) shanty group in Great Britain. Saturday 2nd November - Time: 8.00pm Full Price: £13.00 Concessions: £11.00 TheatreFriends discount available Running time: 2hrs (approx)


The Marine Theatre is very pleased to welcome the UK’s largest Youth Drama Festival to our stage. The Shakespeare Schools Festival works with 1000 secondary, primary and special schools all over the UK, making it possible for them to stage abridged Shakespeare productions in their local professional theatre. Each night across the country three schools will perform three different Shakespeare plays. So come along to the Marine and celebrate the achievements of The Woodroffe School, Westfield Arts College and Greenford CE Primary School in a wonderful evening of entertainment. “Every child in every school ought to have the chance to experience this magical process” Philip Pullman, SSF patron For more information, please visit Wednesday 6th November - Time: 7.00pm Full Price: £8.50 Concessions: £6.50 Running time: 2hrs 30mins (approx) / box office: 01297 442138

The Price of Everything Saturday 9th November How much is beauty worth? What will people pay for an air guitar on eBay? Can I have a glass of milk? These urgent questions and others are answered in The Price of Everything, a performance lecture / stand-up storytelling show about value. Daniel Bye’s whistlestop tour of bizarre facts and impassioned arguments is occasionally shambolic and often misguided - but always a joy to watch. Comic, provocative, and possibly a tiny bit sad, this show is a must if you’ve ever wondered about the difference between the price of an object and its value. And you get a free glass of milk. “A terrifically engaging and questioning hour...a thoughtful delight.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian “Whilst appearing to be doing little more than chatting amiably, Bye smartly and subtly plays with our ideas about value and its relation to ideology, and also about theatre.” Financial Times **** Also at Bridport Arts Centre and Dorchester Arts Centre. Saturday 9th November - Time: 8.00pm Full price: £10 Concessions: £8 TheatreFriends Discount Available Free Entry to Lyme Regis Passport Holders Running time: 1hr (approx)

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Dr Phil Hammond:

Games to Play with your Doctor Saturday 16th November Medicine is jolly serious, life and death, pain and suffering, pills and needles. But wouldn’t a trip to the doctor be much more fun if it was a game? In his brand new show, Dr Phil - a campaigning journalist and the first comic to have played a public inquiry - turns medicine into a succession of games to play with your doctor. Ever wanted to know why a doctor does that to you? Dr Phil spills the beans on medicine’s guilty secrets and teaches you how to beat doctors at their own game. Or at least escape with a score draw. Phil Hammond is a GP turned hospital doctor, writer, broadcaster and comedian. He has been Private Eye’s medical correspondent for over 20 years and has appeared on Have I Got News for You, The News Quiz, The Now Show, The One Show and Countdown. In 2013, he cured the entire nation on BBC1’s Long Live Britain. “One of the most entertainingly subversive people on the planet.” The Guardian “Tough on doctors, patients and politicians. And he’s funny.” The Daily Telegraph Saturday 16th November - Time: 8.00pm Full price: £15 Concessions: £13 TheatreFriends discount available The Marine Theatre is happy to offer all NHS staff tickets at the concessionary rate for this event. Running time: 1hr 50mins (approx)


Terry Quinney and Philip Clouts Friday 22nd November Since arriving in the UK from Canada in 2009, saxophonist and composer Terry Quinney has quickly established himself on the British jazz scene. He has played with Mark Nightingale, John Etheridge, Grammy winning percussionist Lekan Babalola, and Tom Toomey’s Monfi Cats among many others. Terry has performed at the renowned Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, the Royal Albert Hall and National Theatre in London, the Stables in Milton Keynes, and numerous other jazz clubs in the UK. With Philip Clouts at the piano. Friday 22nd November Doors: 7.00pm Onstage: 8.00pm Advance: £6.50 Door: £7.50 Running time: TBC / box office: 01297 442138

B-Sharp’s Annual Party Saturday 23rd November

B Sharp welcomes all comers to their annual Christmas party. At the time of going to press, the line up is to be confirmed, but keep an eye on for details of who’ll be on the bill.. B Sharp is a small charity that changes young people’s lives through music. They offer opportunities to play music together, training and they develop young people’s creative ideas in collaborative ways. The B Sharp Christmas party puts the fun into fundraising. If you can’t come but want to support their work, you can make a donation on A very merry Christmas to you all! Saturday 23rd November Doors 7.00pm Bands Onstage 8.00pm ‘til midnight Full Price: £8 Under 18s: £5 Family (2 adults 2 under 18s): £20 Running time: TBC

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Friday 29th November On a desolate island in the high seas (the kind of place where Sophocles might meet David Lynch), an age-old siren works for the boss of run down cabaret shack “Inferno”, frequented by lonely sailors of the night. Blamed for the club’s demise, the siren is sent to kill the lighthouse keeper, to sharpen her sex and gain control of the light. It should be a doddle, but his ear is resistant to her charms, and things get rather tricky… A tale of solitude, fate, and bad timing. Following extensive touring and an overwhelming reception in festivals, theatres and extraordinary sites across Spain, Teatro Entre Escombros bring the magic of Fuga to the Marine Theatre. Catch Teatro Entre Escombros’ R&D by the Sea showing of their next show, “The Goat in the Pearl Necklace” on Wednesday 27th November at 7.00pm. For more details see page 4. Friday 29th November Time: 8.00pm Full Price: £8.50 Concessions: £6.50 TheatreFriends Discount Available Running time: 1hr 20mins (approx)



Viva Santana Saturday 30th November

Recently described by Classic Rock Magazine as “One Of The Top 5 Must See Tributes In The UK”, this phenomenal 7-piece Latin rock explosion continues to amaze fans wherever they present their celebration of the music of the legendary Carlos Santana. Created in the spring of the millennium year by inspirational Spanish guitarist Marcos Rodriguez, the Viva Santana family consists of talented, dedicated, professional musicians who fully immerse themselves to recreate the moods, sounds and atmosphere of Santana’s music with passion, heart, soul and chilling accuracy. The current line up of musicians have played and toured with such artists as Roger Daltrey, Joan Armatrading, Matt Bianco, Jethro Tull, Bad Manners, Desmond Dekker, Yes and Robin Jones who now tours with the band. “Tribute Band” simply doesn’t do them justice. Saturday 30th November Doors 7.45pm Onstage 8.30pm Full Price: £14 Concessions: £13 TheatreFriends discount available Running time: 2hr 20mins (approx)

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A Christmas Carol

Wednesday 4th - Saturday 7th December Christmas is coming, and we’re delighted to have Lyme Regis Dramatic Society’s production of Dicken’s festive classic on the menu. Telling the famous tale of the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge from a bitter skinflint to a generous benefactor, the story combines imaginative use of carols and original music, with all the much-loved characters – the family of Cratchits, nephew Fred, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Marley, and Christmases Past, Present and Future, and many more. Wednesday 4th - Saturday 7th December Nightly at 7.30pm Saturday matinee at 2.30pm Band A (First 5 Rows): £10 Band B (Rest of Auditorium): £9 Concessions (under 16s only): £5 Group bookings of 8 or more: £1 off Running time: TBC

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Earlier in the year a group of Lyme Regis artists travelled to the Himalayas as part of Artsfest’s re:collection project. Come and see what they’ve been up to...

An afternoon to celebrate

“The Great and The Small” Sunday 8th December

Inspired by the connecting seam of Blue Lias rock found in Lyme Regis, Dorset and Annapurna, Himalayas, artists from Stray Dog Productions have spent a year making other connections between these two places and will present exhibits, music, film, a book launch and more, followed by a discussion. Sunday 8th December Time: 3.00pm - 6.00pm Stray Dog suggest you pay between £3 and £5 to enter this event, all of which be given to ‘The Village Theatre’ in Kathmandu. Running time: TBC


The Snow Spider Wednesday 11th December

“Time to find out if you are a magician, Gwydion Gwyn!” Everything changes on Gwyn Griffiths’ ninth birthday, when five strange gifts unlock the door to a series of exciting discoveries. Gwyn is drawn into a dangerous adventure and must confront powerful forces from the past if he is to come to terms with his own future – but he has the help of Arianwen, a silver spider from another world... Jenny Nimmo’s award-winning book is brought to life in a performance combining breathtaking physical theatre with enchanting live music to evoke the magic and wildness of rural Wales. A timeless Christmas show for both adults and young people. Marine Theatre audiences may remember Io Theatre from their R&D by the Sea performance of “The Tragical Comedy, or Comical Tragedy, of Fanny Cradock” in July... Wednesday 11th December Time: 7.00pm Full Price: £11.00 Concessions: £9.00 Family (2 adults 2 concs.): £28.00 TheatreFriends discount available Suitable for ages 7+ Running time: TBC / box office: 01297 442138

A Christmas evening with

Charlie Bicknell Friday 13th December We’re very lucky to have twisted the arm of Charlie Bicknell to come and give us an up close and personal performance in the Stage Door Bar. Charlie, whilst being notorious for her “electrifying presence” and “gloriously dark sense of humour”, will be providing a little Christmas crackle in this evening of Jazz and festive songs. With David Harrod on the piano (looks remarkably like Jesus, and plays like a God.) Expect the unexpected. “A classy chanteuse in whom sex and wit, style and charm make a high octane mix. Lean way back in your seat and enjoy the ride.” The Times Friday 13th December Doors: 7.00pm Onstage: 8.00pm All Tickets: £7.50 Running time: TBC

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Mark Thomas:

100 Acts of Minor Dissent Saturday 14th December Mark Thomas is well versed in the art of creative mayhem and over the years his troublemaking has changed laws, cost companies millions and annoyed those who most deserved to be. Now he returns to what he does best, mischief! Joyously bad behaviour with a purpose. After his award winning show Bravo Figaro Mark sets himself the task of committing 100 Acts of Minor Dissent in the space of a year. Mark catalogues everything from the smallest and silliest gesture to the grandest confrontations and the results are subversive, hilarious, mainly legal and occasionally inspiring. Saturday 14th December Time: 8.00pm Full price: £15 Concession £10 TheatreFriends discount available Running time: 1hr 50mins (approx)



Earl Jackson:

A Rock’n’Roll Dance Party Saturday 21st December Don’t miss A Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party in the company of two consummate entertainers, Earl Jackson with The Stompin’ Dave Band. Dance the night away to the music of Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, and other classic 1950’s rock ‘n’ roll. Based in Nottingham Earl Jackson is a well known figure on the British rock ‘n’ roll circuit. His appearances on BBC radio and TV (including the Jonathon Ross show), have been a widely acclaimed success. “Entertainment with a capital ‘E’“ The Mad Rat Magazine Local favourite Stompin’ Dave Allen is now performing regularly with Earl on piano and guitar. Since teaming up with Earl last summer the two are proving to be a magic combination and have given barnstorming performances at rock ‘n’ roll clubs, and festivals across the UK and beyond. Saturday 21st December Doors 7.45pm Onstage 8.30pm Advance £10 Door £12 TheatreFriends discount availiable Running time: TBC

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Working in a building with a 119-year history can sometimes be a problem, and when that building is right next to the sea things can be even trickier. An extensive survey has revealed that in order to preserve the Marine, its two roofs are in desperate need of repair, with the pitch roof needing re-insulating, re-pitching and re-slating. Work to re-gutter, repair mortaring, paint the walls and treat the sea facing timbers, along with the addition of solar panels, will add to the longevity and the economic and environmental sustainability of the theatre. The total cost of this work is estimated to be somewhere in the region of £95,000. The building has survived for generations through the support of the community. With your help we want to guarantee the people of Lyme Regis a theatre at the heart of the Jurassic Coast for another 119 years.

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We’ve got a great history of fantastic performance here in Lyme. Whether it’s one of the local societies (who date back to the 1920s), Lyme Youth Theatre or one of the dozens of world famous acts that have appeared here over the years (including Jimmy Cagney, Michael McIntyre, Status Quo and Jo Brand) there has always been excellent, affordable nights out in Lyme. Unless we can fix the roof, that tradition is under threat. If you feel you’re able to make a contribution, however small, please visit If you’d rather not donate online, please pop in to the theatre or send a cheque in the post made payable to LymeArts Community Trust. Any help is very, very gratefully received. Thank you. Tim, Harry, Nigel and all of the Marine Theatre Team.



Ben Waters Band Christmas Party Saturday 28th December Internationally acclaimed musician Ben Waters and his band are delighted to be returning to the Marine to celebrate the arrival of their Christmas jumpers with a stonking festive party! If you haven’t heard of Ben Waters and his Band before then you soon will. Their incredible boogie woogie, rock ‘n roll and blues piano and vocals have earned them a reputation as great entertainers. Just listing Ben’s friends gives you an idea of his pedigree; Ray Davies asked him to perform at his Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall, Jools Holland, Ben’s good friend and mentor (who asked Ben to play at his wedding) wrote in the Mail on Sunday that Ben is one of the best pianists of all time, and Ben has been touring with the amazing ABC&D of Boogie Woogie which features, amongst others, the one and only Charlie Watts. Ben Waters and his band rock the place like no-one else can. This really isn’t a gig to be missed. Saturday 28th December Doors 7.45pm Onstage 8.30pm Full Price: £14 Concessions: £12 TheatreFriends discount available Running time: TBC

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Will you be my friend? Have you ever thought about becoming a friend of the Marine Theatre? It’s the bestway to keep in touch with what is going on at your favourite little theatre by the sea. Have a look at our exciting new benefits... TheatreFriend Benefits: • £1 ticket discount for every show (applies to Friend’s ticket only). • 10% off all bar purchases. • One free hot drink at the coffee bar per event. • Invitations to special events such as season launches and meet the cast evenings held exclusively for the friends. • Benefits at other local businesses including 10% discount on food at Hix Oyster and Fish House and Mariners Hotel Restaurant** • NEW FOR AUTUMN 2012 - TheatreFriends can now enjoy members discounts and benefits at Dorchester Arts and Bridport Arts Centre too! Single Membership - £15 a year or more* Joint Membership - £25 a year or more* *or more because you also have the option of adding a donation to your annual subscription. Including a donation will support the Marine Theatre and its work even further. **subject to terms and conditions. See website for further details.

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As you can see from our new brochure we’ve got some very exciting events coming to the theatre over the next few months. To enrol please complete the form overleaf and send it to the Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3QA.

I enclose payment of £ Plus a donation of £ Please make the cheque payable to LymeArts Community Trust.

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Would you also like to find out more about joining the lively group of theatre volunteers? Yes / No

Gift Aiding your subscription helps the Theatre even more. If you pay tax you can help us at no extra cost. You can give the Theatre an extra 25 pence for every pound of your membership by signing this Gift Aid declaration:

I would like Lyme Arts Community Trust to treat all eligible donations and subscriptions that I have made and all donations and subscriptions I make from the date of this declaration as Gift Aid donations until I notify you otherwise. I confirm I am a UK tax payer, resident in the UK for tax purposes and that I will notify you if the situation changes. Signature


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Get involved Lyme Youth Theatre

Join LYT and be part of it...

Now in its 10th successful year, Lyme Youth Theatre is for children and young people aged 5 - 21 who enjoy theatre and want to discover more. Lead by LYT’s professional tutors and directors, classes and workshops enable members to learn the many skills that theatre has to offer whilst providing plenty of opportunities for performance too.

It costs £5 a year to join. For this you will receive regular news, ticket discounts for a selection of Marine Theatre events, priority booking for LYT classes, workshops, and summer schools, performance opportunities and more! You must be a member to register for classes and take part in performances.

Three classes run on Saturday mornings during term time, and the LYT Company (for over 14s) comes together for special projects such as National Theatre Connections. LYT is part of LymeArts Community Trust.

Want to know more? Then please call the Marine Theatre office on 01297 442394 or email

Classes Salsa DX

Come and try a fantastic new Salsa aerobics class - Salsa DX. This high- energy workout combines dance footwork with aerobic upper body movements to get you back into top shape. Absolutely no previous experience is needed for a SalsaDX class; we’ll teach you all you need to know. However you will need a reasonable level of fitness and agility to enjoy the class to the max. It is recommended you wear the usual style clothing and trainers to start with, though you may want to try shoes with a more “slippy” sole (e.g. jazz shoes) as you get more experienced. Numbers are limited so call to reserve your place now... Monday mornings - 10.30am 11.30am. The classes are taught in blocks of 6. Block 1 runs from 2nd Sept to 14th Oct (no class 7th Oct). Block 2 runs from 21st Oct to 2nd Dec (no class 11th Nov). Cost: £25 for the whole 6-week block or £5 per class. Contact Lesley on 07767 816 910.

Absolute beginners Spanish Course

Why bother? They all speak English anyway.... No they don’t! And anyway learning a language is fun! And it develops confidence, broadens horizons and it’s great when you go on holiday too! Spanish is the official language of 21 countries and is easy to learn in the early stages, so a good level of communication can be achieved fairly quickly. Learn how to express yourself in the following areas: • Basic greetings • Food and drink • Shopping • Directions • Numbers and currency • Personal information (e.g. phone number and spelling your name). Monday evenings - 7.00pm - 9.30pm There will be a break for refreshments during the session. The classes run from 16th September to 11th November (no class 14th October). Cost £80 for the whole 8-week block. Contact Gail on 01297 442133.

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How to get here

By Road From the north and the west: Leave the M5 at Junction 25 and follow the signs for Honiton. From Honiton, take the A35 towards Dorchester and follow the signs to Lyme Regis From the east: From the M3 take the M27 to Ringwood and then the A31 on to Dorchester. From Dorchester take the A35 towards Honiton and follow the signs to Lyme Regis.

By Rail London Waterloo to Exeter St Davids, services call at Axminster (for Lyme Regis). Then take a bus connection to Lyme Regis. By Bus Regular bus services run from Axminster (for rail connections), Exeter and Weymouth. For up-to-date timetable information visit or call 0871 200 22 33.

Your visit Parking There are a number of car parks within walking distance of the theatre, many of which are free after 6.30pm. There is also limited free on street parking in the evening. For up-to-date parking information visit The Stage Door Bar The ideal place to meet-up before the show, our bar offers stunning views across Lyme Bay and is open before, during the interval and after all of our evening performances. Physical Access There is some limited parking available for blue badge holders in front of the Theatre building. As spaces are very limited please contact to reserve your place.

Accessibility The Marine Theatre strives to make our facilities and performances as accessible to as wide an audience as possible. If you need communication support please contact 01297 442 394 or email For patrons who are unable to attend performances unless accompanied, upon purchase of a ticket, an additional seat is available free of charge for the companion. Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patrons We have an induction loop system for the hearing impaired. Suck it and See We’re sure you’re going to love all the acts that come to the Marine Theatre; so sure, in fact, we’ll guarantee it. So if you come along to a performance you really don’t enjoy, leave in the first 30 minutes and we’ll give you every penny of your money back. No hard feelings. Just suck it and see!

How to book In person In advance - at the award-winning Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre, which can be found just in the front of the theatre.

By telephone Please call Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre on 01297 442 138.

Online On the night - at the theatre itself from 30 minutes before the start of the event.

Concessions Under 16s, Over 60s, Full-time Students, Registered Disabled, Housing Benefit Recipients, Job Seekers Allowance Recipients, Income Support Recipients and Equity Members. Proof of status required.

Contact us Artistic Directors Tim Bell: Harry Long:

By Post: The Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3QA By telephone: Theatre Office - 01297 442394 Box Office (Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre) - 01297 442138

General Enquiries Theatre Manager Nigel Day:

Or find us online at

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Finance Manager Linda Nicholson: Bar Manager Nick Robertson: Registered in England and Wales as LymeArts Community Trust Ltd, Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA. Registered No.: 04654247. Registered Charity No.: 1103599.



Marine Theatre - At a Glance September Fri 6th The night with robbie mcintosh Sat 7th the guitars on the beach after party Sat 7th - Sun 8th food rocks Sat 14th - Sun 15th The Last Post Fri 20th Annika Skoogh and Philip Clouts Wed 25th Free Folk Thurs 26th Lucy Porter Sun 29th Maddy Prior

Music Music Event Theatre Music Theatre Comedy Music

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October Fri 4th Look, Stranger Poetry Sun 6th Soldiers’ Wives Theatre Thurs 10th Evropska Quartet Music Fri 18th The Burma Play - A Comedy of Terror Theatre Sat 19th Philip Clouts Quartet Music fri 25th Marshall Stapleton Music Sat 26th Jonzi D music Thurs 31st Henry Blofeld Event

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November Fri 1st War of the Buttons Theatre Sat 2nd Kimber’s Men Music Wed 6th Shakespeare School Festival Theatre - Local Society Sat 9th The Price of Everything Theatre Sat 16th Dr Phil Hammond Comedy Fri 22nd Terry Quinney and Philip Clouts Music sat 23rd b-sharp’s annual party Music fri 29th fuga theatre Sat 30th Viva Santana Music

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December Wed 4th - sat 7th a Christmas carol Theatre - Local Society Sun 8th The Great and The Small Event wed 11th the snow spider Theatre Fri 13th A Christmas evening with Charlie Bicknell Music Sat 14th Mark Thomas Comedy Sat 21st Earl Jackson Music Sat 28th ben waters band Christmas party Music

To book please call Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre on 01297 442138 or visit

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Marine Theatre Programme Sept-Dec 2013  

The programme of events for the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, Sept - Dec 2013

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