THE Marine Players are bringing A Tomb With a View to the stage.

They will perform it at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis from Wednesday, October 23 to Saturday, October 26.

The play, a comedy, was written by Norman Robbins.

It depicts a family embroiled in inheritance conflicts. The director is Steve Miller, who works as a lighting technician at the Marine Theatre. He has worked as either a director or technician with dozens of huge names including Harold Pinter, Matthew Bourne, Lee Evans, and Carlos Acosta. He came to the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis four years ago.

A Tomb With a View is set in a sinister-seeming old library which is presided over by a portrait of a grim faced, mad eyed old man. There, a dusty lawyer reads a will (involving some millions of pounds) to an equally sinister family, one member of which has werewolf tendencies, another who wanders around in a toga of Julius Caesar and a third member who is a gentle old lady who plants more than seeds in her flower beds.

The body count piles up as the play twists and turns to its surprising conclusion.

The Marine Players is a local group of experienced talented performers. Formerly known as the Lyme Regis Dramatic Society, the Marine Players came together at the beginning of 2016 and have staged hugely successful productions including A Christmas Carol, Ghost Train and Local Affairs.

Steve has directed more than 50 professional plays and brings 34 years of technical experience to shed new light on the play in his amateur dramatic directorial debut. With an international career—including on West-End productions such as ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Cats’, and ‘The Fix’—Steve has worked on over 400 professional shows and a smattering of films (even daring to feature in one himself).

A fountain of stage anecdotes, Steve alludes to tales from ‘too many venues, jobs, and people to talk about’ but, tragically, they are ‘too rude to actually tell’ so for now the only giveaway is a wry smile and a raised eyebrow.

The play is currently in rehearsals and is an exciting exploration for Steve: ‘It’s great fun, I’m learning new skills in interpretation. Like trying to tell an actor how to be a sexy diva, while not making the chap she is doing it too embarrassed”. The performance promises twists, turns, and a heavy dose of comedy.

*A Tomb With a View, Marine Theatre , Lyme Regis, Wednesday, October 23 to Saturday, October 26. All performances start at 7.30pm Tickets are priced at £12 for adults and £6 for children.