Acting as figureheads and ambassadors for the Marine, we are proud to have 4 excellent patrons.
The lead singer and lyricist of rock band Deep Purple lives between Portugal and Lyme Regis. He found fame in the 1970s with hard rock hits such as Smoke On The Water, Highway Star, and Child in Time.
When in Dorset, Ian regularly visits the venue for concerts, comedy, and theatre. Ian Gillan explained that he has an interest in supporting all arts, especially regionally. “It’s vital that we all support the Marine. It’s easy to undervalue arts venues, but they are so important to culture and the community. People can make a contribution is many ways – even simply by turning up. I come when I can.”
Ian has made clear his passion for the Marine in particular “When you walk through the doors, it feels special. It reminds me of coming through the doors of the Albert Hall. There’s a sense of history. It’s cool to be here. You can sit in the bar and watch the stage below or climb in to it in the auditorium. One of my favourite events was seeing George Melley.”
Ian said “I am enjoying seeing it regain its vibrancy. There’s a new sense of professionalism and I am pleased to support the venue as a patron.”
The restaurateur and chef grew up in Lyme Regis and went to school at The Sir John Colfox Academy in Bridport. Mark Hix has a passion for the arts, and famously opened the restaurant Pharmacy 2 with British artist Damien Hirst in 2016. He was awarded an MBE for his services to hospitality in 2016.
Mark explained his interest ‘We’ve worked with the theatre in the past on special events – and having enjoyed many nights out there – I am delighted to accept the invitation as patron. I love the breadth of events. It’s great that in our small town you can see a play, listen to a band or laugh at a comedian. I’m looking forward to being an ambassador for the venue. It’s so important to support culture in our community.’
To celebrate the partnership, HIX Oyster & Fish House in Lyme Regis is offering ticket holders 10% off their bill before or after shows. See the home page for more details.
Born in Lyme, Andrew Rattenbury is the acclaimed screenwriter and former head boy of Woodroffe School!
He has a long list of successes to his credit, having written for programmes such as Eastenders, Monarch of the Glen, Peak Practice, Holby City, Teachers and Casualty and having his own ITV series The Golden Hour.
Andrew said ‘I performed for the first time there in my teens before going to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and becoming a professional actor. We had great success with the community plays – a professional and personal highlight for me.”
Actor Oliver Ford-Davies is known for his roles in Game of Thrones and Star Wars. He appeared as Polonius in Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company, alongside David Tennant and Patrick Stewart, and in 2009 appeared in All’s Well That Ends Well at the Royal National Theatre as the King of France. In 2010, he appeared as Balfour in the premiere of Ben Brown’s play The Promise, about the Balfour Declaration.
Oliver Ford Davies’ books include Playing Lear, an account of his experience while performing King Lear at the Almeida Theatre, and Performing Shakespeare.