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.
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.
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.
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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