The Story Of The Beach Boys® | Saturday 12 August

 Beach boys

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On stage 8.30pm

Full Price: £15.00 Under 18s £10

Running time: 2hours (approx) plus interval

Good Vibrations’ – arguably the finest pop record of all time, just one of the many hits you will hear performed 100% live by just five professional performers that make up Beach Boyz Band in this smash hit show THE STORY OF THE BEACH BOYS® .

Along with a superb musical performance by Beach Boyz Band, lead vocalist Tommy Read will lead you through the history of America’s biggest pop band The Beach Boys®.

Following the opening number Fun, Fun, Fun, sit back and enjoy Tommy’s light hearted delivery as the band embark on a fun filled set. Learn how The Beach Boys® began, how their songs were constructed and about the private lives of The Beach Boys® themselves.

All this interspersed with the most comprehensive collection of hit records rivalled only by The Beatles.

Make no mistake; this show is a party, a party with a stunning soundtrack, a party to which you are invited, so come join the fun and experience what others are still talking about to this day! During the party you will hear hits like I Get Around, God Only Knows, California Girls, Kokomo and many more, in a spectacular array of some 32 songs.

The Story Of The Beach Boys® will entertain you, astound you and leave you with a greater knowledge of the band that gave the world Good Vibrations!

Music, Magic and Mayhem | Tues 15 August & Thurs 17 August 7.30pm

Music Magic

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15 August show


17 August show

Shows starts 7.30pm

Tickets: Full Price £14, Concessions £12 (TF discount applies)

Running time: 2hours (approx) plus interval

Welcome to the return of music, magic and mayhem!

The Lavish
League of Ukulele Gentlemen

Since forming they have been playing and delighting audiences all over the country with their witty banter, vibrant stage presence, big sound and eclectic selection of musical styles! They endeavour to demonstrate the lyrical instrument that the Ukulele can be as well as injecting humour. it’s often a bit mad. Just saying.

Two top ukulele acts, some magic props and a heavy dose of craziness are about to hit the road again across the UK  this summer…
The show is  a unique mix of magic, comedy, audience involvement and top tunes too! Suitable for all ages!

The Ukulele Variety Tour 2017 website link

The Lost World Open Air Theatre Wednesday 16 August 6pm

Lost World

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Show time: 6pm

Full price: £14.00Concessions; £12.00; £40 Family Ticket

(TF discount applies)

Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes (approx) incl 20 minute interval 

Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg borrowed this title for the sequel to the book/film Jurassic Park.  Thanks to them it now tells an audience exactly what they’re going to get: Dinosaurs!  

Storytellers since before Homer have spun yarns about adventurers’ travels to strange lands and the monsters they meet there.  But Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s version of the story transcends all previous versions because his adventurers were the first to bring the monsters back! He inspired the likes of King Kong, Godzilla, Alien and a host of other classic monster movies!

Four intrepid explorers, led by the redoubtable Professor Challenger, travel to an uncharted plateau in South America following a few scant directions scribbled in a sketch book.  They find flora and fauna beyond their wildest dreams, become involved in tribal warfare between apemen and indigenous humans, and encounter terrifying dinosaurs previously believed to be extinct.  But when their camera is destroyed in an accident what evidence can they produce to prove that these creatures actually exist? Unless, of course, they bring live specimens back to London in “unbreakable” crates to reveal to an astounded public.  What could possibly go wrong?

Illyria has an unmatched reputation for innovation in the open-air touring theatre sector, where they are the first company to tackle a show in this genre and of this scope. Prehistoric thrills, monster laughs and life-size dinosaurs abound in the must-see show of the summer!

Skimmity Hitchers | Friday 18th August 8pm

Skimitty Hitchers


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Show Time: 8pm

Full price: £15.00 Concessions; £13.00

Running time: 2hours (approx)

Scrumpy & Western since 2010

Dorset’s favourite cider-swilling sons Skimmity Hitchers are hitching up their wagon and heading to the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis on Friday 18 August for a night to remember.

Since 2010 the Skimmity Hitchers have made a big name for themselves across the South West and beyond. Their ability to entertain any size of crowd at any kind of event has seen them attract a real mix of followers and admirers, from farm workers to inner city punks, cider makers to hairy bikers.

Now, following many summers of high profile festival headlines and numerous sold out double headers with West Country legends The Wurzels, the boys are playing at bigger venues as entertainers in their own right, and the Marine Theatre is next on their never-ending tour.

With their blend of humorous original material and razor sharp parody songs, all based around the people, culture and (above all) cider of the West Country, the band instigate a good time wherever they go. Audience interaction and spontaneous shenanigans are strongly encouraged and no two Skimmity Hitchers gigs are ever the same. There may even be a dancing badger! It’s true that they can be a little saucy at times, but always with a wink in their eye so your children and grandparents need not be afraid.

Frontman and kazoo wizard Tatty Smart said: “We’re huge fans of Lyme Regis and the town features in a number of our songs. We’ve played pub gigs here a number of times and always get an enthusiastic crowd who love getting involved, so we’ll be expecting more of the same at the Marine Theatre!”

The band have made the news for all sorts of reasons, from a guerrilla gig at the Houses of Parliament supporting farm workers to becoming the first Scrumpy & Western band to play in the USA. Locally they have brought fame to the Cobb and steep hills of their favourite seaside town with their Elvis parody “Viva! Lyme Regis”, complete with video.

The final word predictably goes to the band, who remind us that “summer holidays are all about staying out late, having fun and sinking a few jars of cider in good company. Come and join us for a rousing rendition of Viva Lyme Regis!”

Support on the night comes from Glastonbury’s quirky folk-pop trio John D Revelator.

The Nightingale Sang in Marine Square | Saturday 19 August 7pm

A Nightingale Sang

Photo by Si Emmett Photography

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Showtime: 7pm

All tickets: £30.00

Running time:  4 hours (approx)

A Nightingale Sang in Marine Square

The Marine Theatre is stepping back in time to the sound of air raid sirens and wartime rationing as the nation marks the 100th birthday of the ‘Forces Sweetheart’ Dame Vera Lynn.

A Nightingale Sang in Marine Square with Dame Vera tribute singer Samantha who has the title role in ‘The Vera Lynn Story’ currently touring the UK, opens with a complimentary drink served in the Officers’ Mess and the Theatre Bar will remain open all evening. Your ration picnic bag will be provided by the Wrens & other NAAFI staff.

With cheerful wartime songs, this centenary celebration is set to be a night to remember and we hope you will enter into the spirit of things and come along dressed in uniform or 1940s dress. Colmers Hill Fashion based at Symondsbury Manor Yard near Bridport will be able to help you find the perfect outfit and is offering a 10% discount to all ticket holders.

This Fund Raiser will have you singing and dancing the night away, so pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and head down to the Marine!


Black Ven Poetry Workshop| Monday 21st August

Final version Black Ven Poetry

11-1pm in the Pilot Boat Function Room

£10 full price /£6 for regulars at the local open mic nights per session (pay on the door)

Join a monthly two hour poetry workshop on how to stimulate creative ideas and develop poetry on the page and for the stage.

Each workshop is stand-alone so feel free to come when you can.

We aim to inspire you by exploring poetry, themes, thinking, deep listening and responses to nature. Plus practical exercises delivered by theatre professionals to assist with performance and sharing your work including: microphone use, breath, and voice control.

Email for more details and to book a place
Dress warm and bring your lunch or snacks!

Wayne Ellington sings NAT KING COLE | Friday 25 August 8pm

Wayne Ellington 2

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On Stage 8pm

Full Price: £15.00 Concs: £13.00 (TF discount applies)

Running Time: 2 hours (approx) + interval

Nat King Cole was an original, selling in excess of 30 million records during his career.His voice is unmistakable and completely unique, loved the world over.

Every generation since his death has fallen in love with the King’s voice and music; his late daughter Natalie Cole brought her father’s music to new generation in the 90’s when her own newly recorded vocal track was added to her father’s 1961 stereo re-recording of his original 1951 ‘Unforgettable’  Wayne Ellington’s voice is warm, silky and smooth; his tone suits Nat King Cole’s songs perfectly.

Wayne doesn’t mimic Nat King Cole; he plays tribute to a legend who left us far too early. He sings all the songs we know and love so well, with honesty and complete respect. His show is a beautiful tribute to the great man, his voice will leave you tingling and spellbound, this is a show not to be missed.

Wind in the Willows | Thursday 31 August 7.30pm

Wind in the Willows

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Show starts 7.30pm

Full Price: £12.00 Concs: £10.00 (TF discount applies)

Running time: 1hour (approx)

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”

From the peaceful pleasures of Ratty’s beloved River Bank, to the fearful frights and wicked weasels of the Wild Wood, join Ratty and Mole on their marvellous adventures, along with gruff old Badger and magnificent Mr Toad.

A beautiful new adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s much love classic, The Wind in the Willows features unique handmade fabric puppets and a charming original score.

Suitable for ages 4+
Running time: 55 minutes

Lyme Folk Weekend | 1-3 September 7pm

Folk Fest

Various Show Times & Ticket Prices:


Jim Moray

The Longest Johns

Doors open at 7pm.

Tickets: £15. (Under 16: £10)


Ralph McTell & Wizz Jones

Mitchell & Vincent

Doors open at 7pm.

Tickets: £20. (Under 16: £14)


Steve Knightley

Saskia Griffiths-Moore

Doors open at 7pm.

Tickets: £18. (Under 16: £12)

Once again Lyme Folk Weekend will bring to the Marine Theatre a fabulous mix of talent, ranging from one of the most innovative contemporary artists to some of the folk world’s legendary names.
Opening the annual festival on Friday September 1 will be Jim Moray, nominated for two awards in this year’s BBC Radio 2 folk awards – for Best Album and Best Original Song.
For 15 years Jim has been at the forefront of a new movement in English traditional music. His debut album Sweet England changed the sound of folk song and won a brace of awards for its innovative melding of orchestration and electronica. Subsequent albums embraced everything from grime to Johnny Marr-esque guitar pop, but at their heart was always Jim’s unmistakeable soulful and yearning voice; singing old songs in a new way.
His sixth album Upcetera heralds a new chapter for the producer and has received the best reviews of his career, including his two BBC nominations, and five stars from Mojo, fRoots and R2 magazines.
Saturday night headliners will be folk legends Ralph McTell and Wizz Jones, who will be presenting songs from their critically acclaimed album About Time, recorded to celebrate their 50 years of music-making together.
McTell and Jones, two distinguished musicians, join forces some 50 years after they first met and played together. Back in 1966 Ralph was just back from playing in Paris and met Wizz in a coffee bar in Croydon, when he was invited by Wizz to go to Cornwall and play guitar with him.
“It was a life-changing move for me and one of the most wonderful summers I have spent,” said McTell. They became life long friends and played together many times.
In the spring of 2015 Ralph called Wizz and suggested they finally do a whole album together. They found themselves once again in Cornwall to make this album, joining a circle of music and friendship started some 50 years earlier. The album is a brilliant blend made up of their old favourites, some traditional arrangements and songs by Doc Watson, Woody Guthrie, Townes Van Zandt and Bob Dylan.
And the Sunday night finale will feature the biggest name on the South West’s folk scene, a solo gig from one half of multiple award-winners Show of Hands, Steve Knightley.
Steve is the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots duo in England. As a solo performer he decided in 2016 to turn his attention to maritime venues around the shoreline of England and Wales.
He said: ‘As a West Country songwriter I have written so many songs of seafarers and wreckers, travellers and traders, pirates and smugglers. Now I‘m going to be able to sing them with the sound of the sea in the distance – I can’t wait!’
As has become the tradition at Lyme Folk Weekend, the headliners will be supported by acts who first appeared on other stages at last summer’s festival – singer-songwriter Saskia Griffiths-Moore, traditional virtuoso duo Mitchell & Vincent and the Longest Johns, the brilliant shanty group featured on the BBC programme The Choir with Gareth Malone.
Tickets for Lyme Folk Weekend are available online at, by phone from the Marine Theatre box office (01297 442138) or by visiting Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre.