COMEDY | JETHRO: THE COUNT OF CORNWALL | WEDNESDAY 19 & THURSDAY 20 SEPTEMBER

Not for the faint-hearted, the bawdy legend visits Lyme on his new tour ~ Sold out

An ex-miner and carpenter, Jethro is famous for his proud heritage as Cornwall’s best-loved comic. His career has been a long one of over 40 years, first appearing on television in 1990 on the Des O’Connor show, with other appearances on Jim Davidson’s Generation Game, The Jethro Junction, and for the Queen at The Royal Variety Show.

With support from Shaun Perry

Due to huge demand we have added an extra date – Thursday 20 September. Hurray!

Wednesday 19 September show has sold out, with limited tickets still available for 20 September.

 

 

£21 advance / £25 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends.

Bar opens 6:30 P.M., starts 7:30 P.M.

Unreserved seating

Tickets:

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In person:  Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres

Over the phone:  01297 442138

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MUSIC | INVISIBLE MUSIC | FRIDAY 21 SEPTEMBER

Bellowhead musician Pete Flood presents a music and theatre show about hearing loss 

Bellowhead was one of the most popular folk bands, famously playing at Hyde Park for Radio 2 in 2014. Following its end, Pete Flood – the arranger and percussionist – created a 5- piece band with Platform 4  theatre company.

This is a concert with a difference, like a live concept album layered with exquisite audio snippets. It is inspired by a series of interviews the company made with members of Winchester’s lip reading group and describes their experiences and stories. The aim is to ask questions about hearing loss; What happens when the soundtrack to your life changes; when you are listening but hearing differently?

This is Platform 4’s most personal project to date. Its Artistic Director Catherine Church said “This piece was inspired by my mother who initially started me thinking about this project because she showed me a poem she had written called ‘Surreal Existence’ about her own experiences of gradually losing her hearing. That was the starting point, and from there I started going to Mum’s lip reading class and meeting more people. I asked myself, could I make a sound-piece about the loss of sound?”

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“I was blown away – Beautiful.” BBC South Today.

★★★★“Platform 4 make remarkable work” The Guardian

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said: “We’re delighted to support Platform 4 through our National-Lottery funded Grants for the Arts programme to tour Invisible Music. By putting those who experience hearing loss at the centre of the creative process, Platform 4 present a unique and often unexplored perspective which makes a fantastic contribution to the Arts Council’s commitment to embedding and promoting diversity and will ensure more people in more places can experience and be inspired by the arts.”

 

£10 advance / £12 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends

Bar opens 7 P.M., starts 8 P.M.

Seated

Tickets:

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In person:  Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres

Over the phone:  01297 442138

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SCREENING | NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: KING LEAR | THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER

Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear at the Marine.

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.

★★★★★ ‘Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production.’ (Daily Telegraph)

 

£11 advance /  £13.50 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends

Bar opens 6 P.M., starts 7 P.M.

Unreserved seating

Tickets:

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In person:  Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres

Over the phone:  01297 442138

Booking Fee may apply

 

 

MUSIC | JAMES & BLACK | SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER

Ffar Cotton Promotions presents the blues and soul duo that has worked alongside Gregory Porter and ZZ Top

Bruce James and Bella Black joined forces in Austin, Texas in 2011 and have been spreading their special blues and soul since.  Their music springs from the tradition of the Southern Soul from Texas, New Orleans and Memphis. The foundation of James & Black is the voices and stories in their songs.  

 

Since relocating to Europe in the summer of 2012, James & Black have toured throughout Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, Spain and France, playing close to 150 shows per year and covering over 300,000 km in the process.  

 

They have supported Gregory Porter and Fatoumata Diawara in Leiden at Summer Jazz, Candy Dulfer in Amsterdam at Vondel Park, performed at the Porretta Soul Festival on two occasions  in Porreta Terme, Italy alongside artists such as Bobby Rush and Lattimore, performed at the Enclave de Aguas in Soria, Spain alongside Lee Fields and Nikki Hill, performed at The Barcelona International Jazz Festival and have supported New Yorkers, The Slackers, throughout Germany and Austria.  In April this year they performed at the Baltic Soul Weekender with Sister Sledge and Lenny Williams near Hamburg, Germany as well as a tribute to Allen Toussaint at the Porretta Soul Festival.

 

The duo released their second studio album, “This Time”, in July 2017 with release shows at La Chapelle des Lombards in Paris, the Peer Blues Festival alongside fellow Texans, ZZ Top, and a series of tours in Italy, Spain, Germany, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Belgium and The Netherlands.

 

£8 advance, £10 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends

Bar opens at 6:30 P.M., starts at 7:30 P.M.

Seated

Tickets:

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In person:  Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres

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MUSIC | BLAIR DUNLOP | THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER

The young folk singer performs at the Marine as part of his new UK album tour for Notes from an Island

Blair Dunlop by Elly Lucas

Following the release of his critically acclaimed 4th album ‘Notes From An Island’, award winning British guitarist, singer and songwriter Blair Dunlop plays a show at the Marine this autumn as part of a UK tour. Looking forward to performing the new songs live, Blair thinks the record is “easily my best yet.”.

The Daily Telegraph Australia described ‘Notes From An Island’ as a massively impressive collection of songs from a young man with talent to burn” in their 4 star review, comparing Blair to Jackson Brown, Richard Thompson and Ralph McTell.

Blair is a true artist in his prime, as is wholly evident on this beautiful record. He has it all’

Ed Harcourt, producer of ‘Notes From An Island’.

A natural storyteller and gifted guitarist Blair will be joined on stage by long term band mates Fred Claridge and Jacob Stoney. The set will consist of new tracks from this most recent release as well as songs from his previous 3 albums – ‘Gilded’, ‘House Of Jacks’ and debut ‘Blight And Blossom’ which won Blair the coveted Horizon Award at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

With its timely mix of socio-political insights, tender love tales and impressive virtuosic guitar playing, ‘Notes From An Island’ is very much an album which reflects the age in which it has been created. Nevertheless, as with everything Blair does, it is fuelled by a desire to keep moving forwards, break down barriers and maintain the integrity which has established him as a favourite of not just a growing body of fans but of radio programmers and critics.

His guitar playing, always impressive, has taken another quantum leap, at least in part because of his love affair with his new Gretsch, on which he wrote most of the songs.

Dunlop is an adept guitarist whose epic songwriting instincts prevail on a personal-political fourth album” MOJO

Support from Jack Carty. Jack Carty is an Australian Singer-Songwriter who has just released his 4th album (Hospital Hill) to rave reviews in the UK and Australia. Jack has now cemented his place as one of the Australia’s most promising writer performers and is currently residing in London to build his loyal audience further afield.

£9.50 advance, £12 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends

Bar opens 6:30 P.M., starts 7:30 P.M.

Unreserved seating

Tickets:

Online: click on link above

In person:  Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres

Over the phone:  01297 442138

Booking Fee may apply

 

MUSIC | TOM ROBINSON | FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER

The 70s singer, 6Music DJ, and activist plays the classic album Power In The Darkness, alongside other hits.

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Born in Cambridge in 1950, Tom Robinson first became known in the late 1970s as a musician and LGBT activist with the Tom Robinson Band (TRB) who were early supporters of Rock Against Racism and Amnesty International. In 1977 their Top 5 debut release 2-4-6-8 Motorway became one of the landmark singles of the UK punk era. Other hits included Glad To Be Gay, Up Against The Wall and the band’s debut album Power In The Darkness which went gold in the UK and Japan.

As a solo artist Tom had further solo hits in 1983 with War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio, and co-wrote songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John and Dan Hartman. His 14th studio album Only The Now was released in 2015 featuring guests such as Billy Bragg, John Grant and Ian McKellen. Recent festival dates include Latitude, Green Man and headlining the Left Field stage at Glastonbury 2016.

As a radio broadcaster Tom hosts three shows a week on BBC Radio 6 Music, is a member of the Ivor Novello Awards committee and in 2016 was awarded a fellowship of LIPA to recognition his support for new music artists through BBC Introducing.

To mark the 40th anniversary of 2-4-6-8 Motorway, Tom pays tribute to the original TRB by performing his entire Power In The Darkness album with a classic four-piece lineup. His incendiary live quartet features Faithless drummer Andy Treacey, Richard Ashcroft guitarist Adam Phillips and keyboard virtuoso Jim Simmons plus Tom himself on bass and lead vocals.

 

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£20 advance, £23 on the door. 10% off Theatre Friends

Bar opens 7 P.M., starts 8 P.M.

Standing

Tickets:

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THEATRE | A PURE WOMAN | SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER

Set in the winter of 1924 – 25, and based on true events, A Pure Woman tells the story of 84 year-old Thomas Hardy’s affair with Gertrude Bugler and the jealousy it inspired in his second wife, Florence.

 

Poignant and elegiac, this love triangle touches on issues of ageing, marriage, the lingering influence of a former partner on a relationship and the regrets of women who have sacrificed their own ambitions for those of their husbands. Its fateful, Hardy-esque themes will appeal to audiences of all ages.

A Pure Woman from A Pure Woman on Vimeo.

 

Gertrude was a young Dorset woman, in her 20s, who played Tess of the D’Urbervilles in the local Hardy Players’ production in Dorchester, adapted by Hardy himself. Florence, in her 40s, had been a muse to Hardy when she was his young secretary while his first wife Emma was still alive. Hardy’s apparent obsession with Gertrude drives Florence into a jealous rage.

Presented by Dorchester Arts and Poonamallee Productions 
A new play by Simon Reade, based on Christopher Nicholson’s novel WINTER

Praise for the book:

“Ravishing” Telegraph

“Absolutely first rate” New York Review of Books

“Pitch perfect” Times

Adaptor and director Simon Reade’s previous touring plays include Pride & Prejudice, A Room With A View and Private Peaceful as well as the screenplay for the recently released feature film Journey’s End. Poonamallee Productions has previously toured Michael Morpurgo’s Toro!Toro! and An Elephant in the Garden, which also starred Alison Reid (who plays Florence). This new co-production with Dorchester Arts has been generously supported by the Steel Trust and by The Hardy Society.

£12 advance / £14.50 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends

Bar opens 6:30 P.M., starts 7:30 P.M.

Unreserved seating

Tickets:

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In person:  Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres

Over the phone:  01297 442138

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SCREENING | MET OPERA: AIDA | MONDAY 8 OCTOBER

Superstar soprano Anna Netrebko makes her Met role debut as Aida in this thirtieth-anniversary revival of Verdi’s masterpiece.

Verdi’s drama is set in Ancient Egypt, where the Ethiopian Aida lives a life of slavery. She and the Egyptian warrior Radamès, sung by tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko, have fallen in love, although the princess Amneris—mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili—is an implacable rival for Radamès’s affections. Then, when Radamès goes into battle, he unwittingly captures Aida’s father as a prisoner of war. As Aida and Radamès face impossible choices between patriotism, passion, and paternal bonds, the stage is set for tragedy. With heart-stopping music and spectacular set pieces, including the famous Triumphal March, Verdi’s towering masterpiece opens the new Live in HD season with a bang.

This is an encore screening

£15 adult  / £10 under 18s advance and on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends

The on the door price is exclusive to Met Opera screenings

Bar opens 4:55 P.M., starts 5:55 P.M.

Tickets:

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In person: Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres

Over the phone: 01297 442138

Booking Fee may apply

 

SCREENING | THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST | TUESDAY 9 OCTOBER

A ‘brilliantly funny’ (★★★★ Times) and ‘charming’ (★★★★ Evening Standard) new production of one of the funniest plays in English will be broadcast live to the Marine from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End.

Wilde’s witty masterpiece throws love, logic and language into the air to make one of theatre’s most dazzling firework displays. Jack, Algy, Gwendolyn and Cecily discover how unsmooth runs the course of true love, while Lady Bracknell keeps a baleful eye on the mayhem of manners.

Michael Fentiman’s ‘absolutely hilarious’ (★★★★★ WhatsOnStage) adaptation stars Olivier Award winner Sophie Thompson (Guys and Dolls, Chichester/West End; Four Weddings and a Funeral) and Jeremy Swift (Downton Abbey, ITV), alongside Fiona Button (The Split, BBC), Pippa Nixon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, RSC) and Stella Gonet (Handbagged, Hampstead Theatre/West End).

This is the ‘magnificent’ (★★★★ Sunday Times) final instalment of Classic Spring’s critically acclaimed Oscar Wilde Season, a year-long celebration of the brilliant Victorian playwright.

£12 advance / £14.50 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends.

Bar opens 6:15 P.M., starts 7:15 P.M.

Tickets:

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In person:  Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres

Over the phone:  01297 442138

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CINEMA & TALK | BLUE HEART ~ THE FIGHT FOR EUROPE’S LAST WILD RIVERS | THURSDAY 11 OCTOBER

This is a screening of a celebrated film about Europe’s last wild rivers, followed by a panel discussion with speakers from the University of Exeter, National Trust, Flow Partnership, and South West Water

Farm League, Bosnia & Herzegovina

The film “Blue Heart” aims to raise public awareness about the negative impact of the Balkan Rivers hydropower boom. More than 3,000 hydropower dams are being planned or built in the Balkans — disrupting Europe’s last free-flowing rivers and threatening communities and wildlife. 91% of these planned projects will generate little energy, despite being extremely expensive to build and to maintain.

After the film, there will be an informal panel discussion with Richard Higgs, programme manager of the Riverlands project at the National Trust, a £10 million project to bring the UK rivers back to life; Minni Jain, director of the Flow Partnership, an NGO working in the UK, India and Slovenia which is rejuvenating desertified and flooded lands with community collaboration; and Dr David Smith from SouthWest Water Upstream Thinking project , which aims find natural landscape-scale solutions to improve water quality. The discussion will be chaired by Dr Kate Baker, Research Fellow at The University of Exeter.

This film is organised by Agile Rabbit and sponsored by Society for Conservation Biology Freshwater Working Group. This event is being run in tandem with the film being screened at Swansea University with the AMBER project, an EU funded initiate to reconnecting European rivers together.

£5 advance / £7 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends.

Bar opens 6 P.M., starts 7 P.M.

Tickets:

Online: click on link above

In person:  Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres

Over the phone:  01297 442138

Booking Fee may apply