THEATRE | QUENTIN CRISP: NAKED HOPE | THURSDAY 21 FEBRUARY

The hit solo play exploring the life of an icon

From a conventional upbringing to global notoriety via The Naked Civil Servant, Quentin Crisp was an extraordinary raconteur and wit, and one of the most memorable figures of the twentieth century.
Openly gay as early as the 1930s, Quentin spent decades being beaten up on London’s streets for his refusal to be anything less than himself. His courage, and the powerful philosophy that evolved from those experiences, inspire to the present day.
This much-acclaimed solo play, fresh from a UK tour and off-West End season, shows Quentin in his beloved Chelsea flat in the 1960s, and in his final years in his adopted New York.
Naked Hope is a gloriously uplifting salute to a true one-off, and a timely reminder of the urgent necessity to live every day as your real self…no matter what they say.

Mark Farrelly’s West End credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opposite Matthew Kelly. He is directed by EastEnders star Linda Marlowe (Berkoff’s Women).

Farrelly’s mastery of his audience is total. Brilliant. ★★★★ Time Out
A masterclass. ★★★★★ Broadway Baby
★★★★ Metro
★★★★ The Stage

 

£14 advance / £16 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends.

Bar opens 7 P.M., Starts 8 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. Read more here.

THEATRE | TRANSPORTER | WEDNESDAY 24 APRIL

This is a solo performance written for ages 11 to adult – a story of a girl called Maya. A girl who is always thirteen. A girl who is always on the move. It is a story of a never-ending search for the last safe place on earth.

Maya stands on the cusp of yet another beginning, at the threshold of a new house in a new city. From this everyday moment an epic story is woven. Maya is both ordinary and extraordinary; schoolgirl, time traveller, shaman. She tells tales of classroom conflicts and flights across deserts. She talks of ice cream dreams and thwarted revolutions. These stories weave together, and the local and the global and the personal and political collide.

Funny, fearless and frightening, Transporter explores themes of identity, difference, conflict, and what it means to come or not come from somewhere.
Developed through Theatr Iolo’s artist development programme, Platfform, Transporter was born out of conversations with young people from the city of Newport, South Wales. In a year that witnessed the Grenfell Tower fire, an unprecedented rise in homeless families in the UK, and entire populations on the move, together we considered the questions: What does home mean? Is there a safe place left on Earth? How do we navigate our way through a world that appears to be in ruins?

Transporter is a benefit performance in aid of Uplyme Community Sponsorship Fund

For ages 11+

Presented by Theatr Iolo & The Riverfront
Written and performed by Catherine Dyson
Directed by Andy Smith and Catherine Dyson
Sound Design by Lewis Gibson

£10 advance / £5 advance students / £12 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends.

Bar opens 7 P.M., Starts 8 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. Read more here.

THEATRE | POSTING LETTERS TO THE MOON | FRIDAY 26 APRIL

This special event is the reading of wartime letters between Oscar-nominated actress Celia Johnson (Brief Encounter) and her husband Peter Fleming read by their daughter Lucy Fleming with Simon Williams, both actors in the Archers

This is a romantic, funny and very touching portrait of life during the early 1940s featuring readings of wartime letters between Oscar-nominated actress Celia Johnson (Brief Encounter) and her explorer and writer husband Peter Fleming (brother of James Bond creator Ian Fleming) posted to India and the Far East during the war ‘as far away as the moon’ working for Military Intelligence.

The letters are read by their daughter Lucy Fleming (Miranda in The Archers, Survivors) and her husband Simon Williams (Justin in The Archers, EastEnders, Upstairs Downstairs) and give an insight into a young mother’s life coping during the war, mixed with wonderful stories about Celia Johnson working with Noel Coward and David Lean, leading to her starring role in the classic film Brief Encounter in 1945.

‘[A] simply spellbinding performance…..revealing an abundance of love and affection between ordinary people caught in extraordinary times…. a theatrical gem’  ~ The British Theatre Guide.

 

£12 advance / £15 on the door + 50p restoration levy. 10% off for Theatre Friends.

Bar opens 7 P.M., Starts 8 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. Read more here.

THEATRE | THE AMAZING BUBBLE MAN | SATURDAY 18 MAY

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences of all ages around the world for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. He is a family favourite at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where he has enjoyed twelve years of sell-out success.

Louis explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerised. From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, tornadoes and trampolines to people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages.

This show will also feature multi instrumentalist Jet Black Pearl accompanying Louis with bubbly music to double your pleasure.

“This show captivated its young audience and the adults loved it as well. Highly recommended.” ~ British Theatre Guide.

£10 children, £12 adults advance / £12 children, £14.50 adults on the door

10% off for Theatre Friends

There are two matinee performances:

11 A.M.
2 P.M.

Box Office and Theatre opens one hour before each performance

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. Read more here.

THEATRE | MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING | WEDNESDAY 29 MAY

The world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe

Join their all-male troupe in Lyme Regis for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ like none other. In usual HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.

A group of soldiers return from the war to a household in Messina, causing the kindling of new love interests and the re-kindling of old rivalries. The parallel love stories of Beatrice, Benedick, Claudio and Hero become entangled with plotting, frivolity and melodrama in Shakespeare’s famous comedy.

This is an outdoor production, so please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on, a picnic to dig into, and dress for the weather.

Praise for the HandleBards

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – “Explodes with energy and is a genuine treat from start to finish.” – The Stage
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – “An unexpected delight and a must-see!” – EdFringe Review
★ ★ ★ ★ – “Gloriously eccentric and very, very funny.” – The Stage

£12.50 early bird tickets

£16.50 Adult, £10.50 under 18s,  £5.50 Under 10s advance

£18.50 Adult, £10.50 children, £5.50 under 10s on the door

10% off for Theatre Friends

Bar opens 5:30 P.M., starts 6:30 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. Read more here.

THEATRE | MIRACLE THEATRE: A PERFECT WORLD | FRIDAY 14 JUNE

An outdoor theatre experience for all from an acclaimed company

A feisty young woman ventures into a Boy’s Own world of undiscovered jungles, treasure maps, campfires and penknives on an action-packed adventure. Leading her team of quarrelsome explorers she stumbles into a bountiful paradise, whose inhabitants seem entirely peaceful, productive and fulfilled. Is this tranquil place the best of all possible worlds? Or is it all too good to be true? A rollicking music-filled adventure visiting Lyme Regis this summer!

‘Every Miracle production is a guaranteed winner’ West Briton

‘Miracle are a joy – go and see them!’ Western Morning News

About Miracle

Miracle is an award winning touring theatre company, based in Cornwall with a reputation for producing, comical, highly entertaining and thought provoking shows suitable for anyone & everyone.

Since 1979 they have been touring to the far flung corners of the South West. Miracles outdoor productions have become a ‘must do’ activity and pop up in unexpected and extraordinary, including gardens beaches, castles and clifftops.

miracletheatre.co.uk

Recent Awards 

  • 2014/2015 Tourism Activity, Sport & Experience GOLD award winners
  • 2013 What’s On Cornwall Best Theatre Production: Waiting for Godot

 

GUIDE TO OPEN AIR THEATRE

  • Come prepared! – Bring whatever you need for a cosy evening. Warm woollies, blankets waterproofs and insect spray.
  • Bring your own seat
  • Arrive Early – Pick a great spot and enjoy the beautiful surroundings
  • Bring a Torch – It’s very helpful to safely find your way back to the car.

 

£12 adults, £10 children, £40 family advance

£14 adults, £12 children, £45 family 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. Read more here.

FUNDRAISER | IAN MCKELLEN ON STAGE | WEDNESDAY 3 JULY

Ian McKellen is appearing in person, on stage at the Marine for a very special fundraiser. Limited tickets are also available for an intimate drinks reception with Sir Ian.

A message from Ian McKellen:

I’m celebrating my 80th birthday by touring a new solo show to theatres I know well and a few that I don’t. The show starts with Gandalf and will probably end with an invitation to act with me on stage. In-between there will be anecdotes and acting. I open at my local arts centre in January and end up by August in Orkney.

Live theatre has always been thrilling to me, as an actor and in the audience. Growing up in Lancashire, I was grateful to those companies who toured beyond London and I’ve always enjoyed repaying that debt by touring up and down the country myself, with the RSC, the National Theatre, Prospect Theatre, the Actors’ Company, as well as with commercial productions.

I’m delighted to be making my debut in Lyme Regis as part of the UK tour celebrating my 80th birthday. I’m pleased that all profits will support the youth theatre and help update the Marine’s dressing rooms. See you there, I hope!

IAN McKELLEN ON STAGE is presented by Ambassador Theatre Group

Ian McKellen is appearing to raise funds for the Marine. Please join him in his support and become a Theatre Friend here.

 

This event has sold out

Drinks Reception (for Premium ticket holders) 5:45 P.M. to 6:30 P.M.

Show: Bar opens 6:30 P.M., Starts 7:30 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. Read more here.