Lyme Literary: Patrick Barkham at the Marine




The Marine is pleased to announce a new event called Lyme Literary – a series of talks inspired by books.

In the first – based on his book Islander – Patrick Barkham travels from island to island in search of their special magic. Meeting all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, he discovers what it is to be an islander.  Some islands, like Ray Island in Essex are abandoned and mysterious places haunted by myths, ghosts and rats. There are resurgent islands such as Eigg, which have been liberated from capricious owner-dictators; holy islands like Bardsey, the resting place of 20,000 saints, and still a site of spiritual questing; and dying islands such as St Kilda, famed for the evacuation of its people, and now dominated by wild sheep and seabirds.

Along the way, he uncovers bizarre and touching stories about island life, meets a host of curious characters and native species, and explores some of the most beautiful landscapes in Britain.

Patrick Barkham is a features writer for the Guardian, where he has reported on everything from the Iraq War to climate change. He is the author of The Butterfly IslesBadgerlands and Coastlines.

‘Patrick has joined the nature writers’ First Division’ The Times

‘A must-read for all Britain’s naturalists’ Chris Packham

‘A vivid, adept, unapologetic voice’ Richard Mabey, The Guardian




Lyme Literary: Patrick Barkham at The Marine

Tuesday 21 November


Tickets £6 from the, serendip bookshop and the TIC.

Booking fee may apply

Christmas Marine Market

vintage market

This December the Marine Theatre hosts a special vintage market in our main auditorium. Entry is free, and you can expect a hand-picked selection of the region’s best craftsmen and artisans. There are glass makers, painters, jewelers and many more. Come along and get the Christmas shopping finished.

Doors 11 – 3

Free Entry

Theatre Friends’ Christmas Ball | Saturday 16 December | 7:30pm

Christmas Ball

To thank our Theatre Friends for their support across the past year, at the Marine we are all putting up the tree, polishing the champagne flutes and getting on our most glamorous outfits for the most talked about shindig of yuletide – the Theatre Friends’ Christmas Ball.

The event is open to others too, but it is complemintary for all Theatre Friends. In the spirit of Christmas generosity, the Marine encourages you to join as a Theatre Friend, in order to come to the party for free!

Don your best frock, dust off your dancing shoes and prepare yourself for a night of festive fun and frolics. All party guests will receive a complementary glass of fizz.

Jazz pianist Philip Clouts will be playing as guests arrive on our grand piano.

We are pleased to announce the Ding Dong Daddios as our headline band for the evening. Here are 5 sharply dressed chaps that will treat your ears and your evening to a blend of Jump Jive and Swing. They are a big hit on the Swing Dancing and Lindy Hop scene, so get practicing your moves.

Tickets are free for Theatre Friends, and all friends should email to ask for their ticket, after which their names will be added to our guest list.

christmas party lyme regis

The Ding Dong Daddios

With the compliments of the season and the Marine Theatre

Tickets £18 (complimentary to Theatre Friends).

Theatre Friends please contact our Box Office at the Tourist Information Centre to reserve your ticket.

You can become a Theatre Friend from as little as £25 to receive your complimentary ticket. Apply here

If you are not a friend and do not want to become one but would still like to come to the Ball, please book below



Call the box office on 01297 442138

(Please note that a 10% booking fee applies online and via the Tourist Info Centre)

Show time: 7.30pm

Tickets: Full Price £18

Please note that a 10% booking fee applies online and via the Tourist Info Centre




Story Boat Procession and Drinks at the Marine | Monday 18 December


Everyone is also invited to join in the celebratory farewell to the Story Boat and its candlelit procession from the Marine to the Cobb on Monday 18 December.  From ‪5.30 pm, the Marine Bar will be open with warming mulled wine and live music from the Story Boat.   

The procession will start ‪at 6.30pm, heading from the theatre along the Cart Road to the Cobb, arriving at the harbour around 7.15pm at the Harbour Inn. 

About The Story Boat

The Story Boat has been resident outside the Marine Theatre in Lyme since
September. It was created by traditional boat builder Gail McGarva from an
upturned Dorset fishing boat and filled with recorded memories of the fishing
community, and has been a much admired attraction for theatregoers, locals and tourists alike. It has been the site for a residency by Gail, with occasional music, theatre and storytelling events.

The Story Boat project is supported by the Arts Council, West Dorset District Council, The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, G.F Eyre Trust and local sponsors. 


Story Boat Procession and Drinks

Drinks at the Marine 1730

Procession 1830

Harbour Inn Drinks 1915

Monday 18 December

Free Entry

Cinema double-bill: The Snowman and Father Christmas | 21 December

The snowman


Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman and Father Christmas; a special double-bill of two heartwarming family classics, with mulled wine and mince pies available. There will be an interval.

Tickets are only £2.50 on the door or advance online below or the Tourist Information Centre.




About the films

The Snowman (cert. U)

Introduced by David Bowie, this is a wordless – save for the song “Walking in the Air” – animated adventure about a young English boy who makes a snowman one Christmas Eve, only for it to come to life that night and take him on a magical adventure to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.

Father Christmas (cert. U)

Starring Mel Smith, after a hard night’s work, Father Christmas decides to go on a “blooming vacation”, builds his sledge into a caravan and holidays in France, Scotland and Las Vegas before coming home and settling down. With a bit of grumbling, he has to answer the mail, get the gifts ready, deliver them and get to the Snowmens’ party on time – only he’s forgotten something.

Father Christmas Trailer: 

MUSIC: This is the Kit | Thursday 11 January


this is the kit

This Is The Kit will play the Marine Theatre as the first date of an international tour, with support from Tobias Ben Jacob.

The playful indie folk band, led by Paris-based songwriter Kate Stables, has earned the adoration of peers including Guy Garvey, The National and Sharon van Etten. In the last year This is the Kit have performed live in session on BBC 6music and at festivals including Glastonbury.

Their new album is on Rough Trade records, home to The Strokes and Jarvis Cocker; ‘Moonshine Freeze’ is undoubtedly their best to date, and is produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, M Ward).

Sonically, Moonshine Freeze is a beguiling mixture of great musical sophistication and something more guileless — children’s games, incantations and snatches of nursery rhymes.

“All of it is good” – ★★★ Mojo Magazine.

Support comes from Exeter’s Tobias Ben Jacob, playing his own blend of alt-folk ~ his first show of the year. The 21st Century troubadour spinning tales of love, loss, beauty,  and a unique form of soul cartography.

‘Definitely one to watch out for’ – BBC Radio 3, Late Junction.

This is the Kit

+ Support from Tobias Ben Jacob


10% Booking fee from Tourist Information Box Office

All ages show

Doors 1930





Jazz Jurassica | Jazz Supper with Leigh Coleman and Matt Carter Trio | Saturday 13 January

Singer Leigh Coleman and pianist Matt Carter, return to Lyme Regis with a high-energy Jazz Jurassica debut at the Marine Theatre.

Leigh Coleman is developing a national reputation for combining both jazz and funk in a style reminiscent of Stevie Wonder, Gregory Porter and George Benson. He’s worked with the legendary soul diva Betty Wright in the States, and the region’s own Joss Stone.

Matt Carter is a prodigious pianist, who brings dynamism and drive to jazz standards, soul and blues. Already a bandleader in his own right, Matt’s developing a growing reputation for his Matt Carter Trio.

This strong double bill delivers soulful jazz classics, from swing to ballads, for a lively evening of jazz you won’t forget.

Jazz in Lyme Regis

Matt Carter

Leigh Coleman (vocals), Matt Carter (keyboard), Gary Evans (drums) and Tom Drewett (bass).

Tickets: £22 + booking fee includes 2- course supper courtesy of Dottie Kitchen

Advance booking is essential to secure your table from 01297 442138 or online below.




Doors: 6.30

Supper: 7-8pm

Music: 8pm

Ends: 10pm


For more information please visit here

COMEDY: Lyme Regis Comedy Club with Angela Barnes and guests | Saturday 20 January

Lyme Regis Comedy Club moves to the Marine from  The Pilot Boat Inn.

comedy club

Local comedian Tom Glover is the regular compere, alongside three other acts performing on rotation in a comedy club style

This month Angela Barnes headlines with support from Jake Lambert  and Matt Rees.

Angela Barnes – Angela Barnes has been catapulted onto every television and radio show worth speaking about, including Stand Up For The Week, BBC 2’s Mock The Week,  BBC Three’s Russell Howard’s Good News and Radio 4’s The News Quiz. Angela is one of the hardest working acts in comedy and packs her set full of brilliantly crafted jokes bringing non stop laughs from start to finish.

“Brilliantly funny’ – Sarah Millican

“Angela Barnes is the best mainstream female comedian I’ve seen… I can’t be any clearer than that can I?” –  The Evening Standard

Jake Lambert – An online sensation on Twitter (@littlelostlad), Jake now has a live set to rival his online output. There are witty stories filled with clever one liners, and snappy asides. Jake is ascending the comedy ladder, with recent tour support slots for both Seann Walsh and Rob Beckett.

“Brilliant one-liners” Chortle.

Matt Rees – Multi-award winning Welsh comedian Matt Rees has a unique brand of well-crafted gags and laconic delivery that have established him as a circuit favourite since bursting onto the UK scene in 2011.

The rising star has won a whole host of awards including Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, Welsh Unsigned Stand-Up Award, and the Chortle Best Newcomer award in 2012. Matt has supported Welsh comedy superstar Elis James on tour and also performed as part of the prestigious Pleasance Reserve at the Edinburgh Fringe.

“a properly original comedy mind” The Guardian

“A gem in the form of a laconic youngster with an instinctive comedic talent” Metro





COMEDY: Lyme Regis Comedy Club with Angela Barnes and guests

£8 advance, £10 on the door

Doors open at 1930


Seating is unallocated

Tickets are available online above or from Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres in person or on the phone

Booking Hotline: 01297 442138

Booking Fee may apply

TALK: In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein | Thursday 25 January

Lyme Literary presents a special event to coincide with Radio 4’s Book of the Week.

Rough old paper background with broken edges

This is a talk by Fiona Sampson on her new book ‘In Search of Mary Shelley’, which marks the bicentenary of the publication of Frankenstein. In January, the publication is Radio 4’s Book of the Week.

Mary Shelley’s dramatic life story is well known. But who was the woman who lived it? In this event Fiona Sampson sifts through the evidence, followed by audience questions.

Mary Shelley was brought up by her father in a house filled with radical thinkers, poets, philosophers and writers of the day. Aged sixteen, she eloped with Percy Bysshe Shelley, embarking on a relationship that was lived on the move across Britain and Europe. She coped with debt, infidelity and the deaths of three children, before early widowhood changed her life forever. Most astonishingly, it was while she was still a teenager that Mary composed her canonical novel Frankenstein, creating two of our most enduring archetypes.

Fiona Sampson uncovers a complex, generous character – friend, intellectual, lover and mother – trying to fulfil her own passionate commitment to writing at a time when to be a woman writer was an extraordinary and costly anomaly.

About Fiona

Fiona Sampson is a prize-winning poet and writer. She has been published in more than thirty languages and received an MBE for services to literature. A Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature, and the recipient of a number of national and international honours for her poetry, she has worked as an editor, translator, and university professor as well as a violinist.

Praise for Fiona Sampson:

“Vigorous and valuable … encouraging, enthusiastic, knowledgeable” Spectator

“Engaging … invites readers to read more, and to read carefully” Independent

“This lovely, hopeful book is a celebration of the richness and variety in British Poetry right now” Glasgow Herald




TALK: Lyme Literary presents In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein

£4 advance, £6 on the door

Doors open at 1900


Seating is unallocated

Tickets are available online above or from Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres in person or on the phone

Booking Hotline: 01297 442138

Booking Fee may apply

MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE: Ma Bessie and Her Blues Troupe | Friday 26 January

Nationally acclaimed musicians celebrate the great blues singer Bessie Smith in a narrated music show.


Bessie Smith promo Dawn Fletcher-Park

Bessie Smith (1894 –  1937) was an American blues singer. Known as the Empress of the Blues, she was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. In this show, Bessie Smith (played by Julia Titus) and her band, perform alongside narration. It features authentic music from the era, including many of Bessie’s songs.

Bessie’s Blues troupe is made up from internationally acclaimed drummer, Sam Kelly with Paul Jobson on keyboards, Tony Qunta on guitar, Richard Sadler on upright bass, with a special horn section.  The production chronicles her life from a one-room shack in Blue Goose Hollow, through to becoming the highest-paid black entertainer of that time, to the tragic accident on Route 61 in September 1937 which resulted in her untimely death aged 43 years.

Bessie Smith is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and was a major influence on other jazz singers.



MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE: Ma Bessie and Her Blues Troupe

£6 advance, £8 on the door

Doors open at 1930


Seating is unallocated

Tickets are available online above or from Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres in person or on the phone

Booking Hotline: 01297 442138

Booking Fee may apply