Marine Theatre Lyme Regis

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Marine Theatre Lyme Regis

The Marine Theatre Lyme Regis is one of quirkiest theatres I’ve ever been to. It’s quite a bijoux venue but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in every other area. Perhaps it’s the size of the theatre that makes it so special.

Marine Theatre Lyme Regis

There is a bar upstairs where you can sit and enjoy a drink before the performance you have come to see. This is no ordinary bar. Not only is there an outdoor seating area where you can enjoy the views over the water, from Portland to The Cobb, the bar itself is very eccentric. There are pieces of furniture stuck to the ceiling. We didn’t notice at first, it wasn’t until we got our drinks and sat down that we looked up and saw this. More noticeable is the bar itself. It appears to be held up by battered old suitcases. We loved it.

Marine Theatre Lyme Regis

The theatre wasn’t always a theatre. It originally started out as sea water baths, where locals used to come to socialise and utilise the believed healing powers of sea water. It didn’t become a theatre until the late 1930s.

We went and saw a musical comedy called ‘Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking' which was based on the theories of relativity. It was highly recommended as it had enjoyed a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We loved it, it was funny, engaging, clever and very entertaining.

Marine Theatre Lyme Regis

The theatre was set out in a cabaret style and you felt very close to the stage and the action. The actors also came out into the audience area, which added to the intimacy of the venue.

There’s always a variety of shows and events going on at the Marine Theatre Lyme Regis, so if you are ever in the area, perhaps enjoying a holiday in this most wonderful part of Dorset, you should book yourself some tickets to whatever might be showing. You can have a look at their event calendar here. They also open the bar outside of performances, so if you can, you should pay a visit and just take a look at this special theatre.

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10 thoughts on “Marine Theatre Lyme Regis

  1. What a quirky & fun place to see a show! I love the suitcases under the bar. Very cool that it's an intimate setting. I'm glad you enjoyed your evening 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with #bloggerclubuk

    • Sally Sally says:

      It was really fun. I loved it too - I'll definitely be visiting again and I'm hoping we'll go back to Dorset this summer.

  2. I love the old battered suitcases. I am looking for some for a project at work at the moment. I've not been to any theatre shows for a while - reading this made me think about checking the events listing at my local theatre. Thanks for sharing and for hosting the linky

    • Sally Sally says:

      I know, the suitcases were a really nice touch. Yes you should absolutely do so, the quality of what we saw was superb and it was so nice in a local, intimate setting, perfect for a night out, maybe even date night!

  3. what an interesting looking place - it would have been fascinating seeing all the strange bits of furniture - and I love an up-close-and-personal stage production!

    • Sally Sally says:

      It really was Leanne. We really enjoyed it. My other half thought I had booked a science lecture when I first told him. Boy did he get a surprise when they started singing and dancing.

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