Past Productions

MONMOUTH: The West Country Rebellion

Written by Andrew RattenburyLyme Regis A4

Directed by Clemmie Reynolds

Music by Andrew Hurst

Tour dates:

Wednesday 13 September – Regal Theatre, Minehead
Thurs 14 September – Phoenix, Exeter
Fri 15 September – Bridport Arts Centre
Fri 29 September – Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth
Sun 8 October – Dorchester Arts Centre
Sat 11 November – Beehive Honiton

June 11th 1685. The Duke of Monmouth lands at Lyme Regis with 83 men to raise a Protestant army against James II, and begin what was to be England’s last rebellion against the Crown. Five weeks later and with a 3000-strong army swelled by dissenting men and women from Dorset, Devon and Somerset, Monmouth prepared to fight the last ever pitched battle on English soil, and the first step towards modern democracy.

This epic history of Dorset, Devon and Somerset, told through the eyes of Alice who joins the rebellion as a young girl, is performed by a 20-strong cast of South West actors, musicians and singers with original live music and film projection.

Produced at the Marine Theatre Lyme Regis, this brand new play was created by the team behind ‘The Tempest of Lyme’ writer Andrew Rattenbury (The Golden Hour, Doc Martin, The Postman Always Rings Twice) and Director Clemmie Reynolds (BurntOut Theatre’s ‘Muscovado’; Winner Alfred Fagon Audience Award 2015)

Supported by the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, and West Dorset District Council. 

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Reviews for Monmouth at Marine Theatre, July 2017:

“The excitement and terror of these times…are vividly brought to life by an exceptional company” – The Fine Times Recorder

Full review:

“Balanced and cleverly paced to ensure that what could have been a stodgy dollop of history was extremely lively and fun, while not in any way diminishing the seriousness of the subject matter… another fine achievement from the pen of Andrew Rattenbury, and the direction of Clemmie Reynolds.” – Bridport Review ****

Full review:

MUSCOVADO at Theatre503 and UK Tour

Winner Alfred Fagon Audience Award 2015

Written by Matilda Ibini

Commissioned and Directed by Clemmie Reynolds

Original Music by James Reynolds

Supported by Farnham Maltings, Arts Council England, Victoria and Albert Museum. Dramaturgically supported by Theatre503, Graeae, Soho Theatre.


Evocative, atmospheric…Vividly staged in all its distressing force” – The Stage

“An absolute scorcher…overwhelmingly compelling” ***** 5 STARS – LondonTheatre1

“Dreamy choral harmoniesTimeOut

“A smartly written show and beautifully judged production”Jane Fallowfield, Talawa Theatre

Supported by Arts Council England, V&A Museum, Farnham Maltings, Young Vic Director’s Network

MUSCOVADO at Holy Trinity Clapham

October 2014

Part of Black History Month. Supported by Farnham Maltings, Arts Council England, Soho Theatre, Graeae, Victoria and Albert Museum, Young Vic Director’s Network.

“Stirring. This isn’t theatre for the faint-hearted. Go if you can.” **** –

“This production of Muscovado is a truly visceral experience. The sweat dripping from the bodies of the actors, confessions in candlelight and sacred song combine to make this church -although a world away from Barbados- a fitting and intimate space to witness some great writing from a promising future playwright.” – Liam Blain, British Theatre Guide

“Highly recommend” – Jules Haworth, Soho Theatre

“A fantastic production. Such harrowing moments, heart-breaking to watch and difficult to listen to, cut through by a beautiful love story.  Composition of both text and music individually excellent and combined, sublime.” – Adam Hemming, Artistic Director of SpaceArts, London

 “a huge piece of work to have achieved. Such a difficult subject to find any way to speak of. A very clever piece of commissioning, great casting, really committed intelligent performances, really well directed” – Adrian Jackson, Artistic Director Cardboard Citizens

“Muscovado is ambitious, complex, powerful, and it delivers dramatic, emotional and political punch.” – Sunny Singh, The Guardian

“… an uncompromising portrayal of slavery in all its brutality while offering an alternative narrative that restores the humanity slaves are often denied in modern day tellings” ****- Ella Achola, Media Diversified

“Compelling. A passionate piece of work that really ought to be seen not just because it’s Black History Month but because the lessons of slavery are still being learnt today.  Go and see it!” ****- Ronke Lawal, Afridiziak

The Tempest Of Lyme, Marine Theatre, July 2016

A new adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest developed by writer Andrew Rattenbury (The Golden Hour, Doc Martin) and Marine Artistic Director Clemmie Reynolds in early 2016. A promenade site-specific production staged in the Marine Theatre and open-air on Lyme Regis seafront.

Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of Lyme Regis’ twinning with St George’s Bermuda, the play weaved into Shakespeare’s tale about the mysterious island, the story of Lyme naval hero George Somers, who founded St George’s Bermuda, colonised Virginia and whose shipwreck allegedly inspired The Tempest.
Featuring original music by award-winning film-composer Andrew Dixon (Composer for Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake and 1988 European Composer of the Year) with Movement and Stilts Direction by Jonny Hoskins, the show was performed by a cast and crew of over 60 local people aged between 8-80.
***** “Enchanting…this is something that won’t be forgotten soon” – View News
**** “A wonderfully exuberant production, brought to Lyme by its own people” – Bridport Review
“What a glorious evening to watch such a special event” – Helen Stiles, Dorset Magazine
“A triumph no less. A great community effort.” – Oliver Ford Davies, Actor

BEDBUG The Musical, Spring 2016

At the Marine Theatre Lyme Regis and The Egg, Bath Theatre Royal March-April 2016

Part of National Theatre Connections Festival 2016

Open-Air Much Ado About Nothing

July 2014

“A gloriously original production” – **** (4 Stars) Everything Theatre

“Outstanding” – A Younger Theatre

“An afternoon of pure entertainment” – ***** (5 Stars), Surrey Advertiser

A roaring 1920s adaptation of Shakespeare’s romcom Much Ado About Nothing – accompanied by original music, 1920s swing band and trapeze artist.

Click here for production shots and original music from the show

Watch BurntOut’s open-air Shakespeare trailer

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MUSCOVADO at V&A Museum and in development

June 2014

A special performance of ‘Muscovado’ in the Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre at The Victoria and Albert Museum as part of ‘The Other Georgian Story’ Friday Late’

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 Open-Air Shakespeare in London’s Russell Square: part of the RADA Festival June 2013


“Easily the most age-accessible Shakespearean play I’ve watched, with adults and children alike in hoots of laughter.”

“Shakespearian theatre is not elite with this company; it is alive and energetic, full of warmth, beauty and wit…BurntOut Theatre both demonstrate and celebrate how truly beautiful it is to be British.”

“A perfect experience for a summer day, the RADA cast gives a sunny and cheerful performance that will brighten anyone’s day.”

– Everything Theatre ****


“a magical journey through Russell Square with a free outdoor production of As You Like It”                      – The  Royal Academy of Dramatic Art




A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ The Wintershall Estate, Surrey

June 2012

Fundraising for The Wintershall Charitable Trust

“The opportunity to enjoy Shakespeare in the surrounding of a country estate with an audience of theatregoers, school children and dogs is a rare thing.”

“The sleeping and waking moments are beautifully illustrated by an aerial silk performer suspended 15ft up in a tree, giving this plot of Surrey countryside and other-worldly feel.”

“It is testament to Ms Reynolds’ direction that on a grey and occasionally cold afternoon the production kept the audience rapt.”

– Andre Langlois, The Surrey Advertiser


“Set in the beautiful grounds of Wintershall Estate – with breathtaking views of the lake, flowering bushes, butterflies– The Burnt Out Theatre Company put on a truly pleasing performance of narcotic dreaminess, humour and wit.”

“The lullaby duet performed by Titania (Natasha Cowley) and James Reynolds (composer) was achingly beautiful. All the actors provided highly-polished performances with plenty of energy. A special mention must be made to Tony Howes (nominated for an Olivier Award).”

– Debrorah Harris, The Guildford Magazine


See the video trailer here

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As You Like It @ Burnt Norton House, Chipping Campden

June 2013

Fundraising for The MS Trust and Wind of Hope in the Desert Programme (for HIV Victims in Kenya)

“The enthusiasm and knowledge of this young cast are infectious…The list of talent it draws on is endless… BurntOut Theatre is going from strength to strength”

– Katie Jarvis, Cotswold Life


“easy-going and great fun.”

“Live music from James Reynolds partners adds life to the story too.”

“Shakespeare’s lines can sometimes get a little fuzzy throughout the act but the cast made them completely accessible. The lines flow through with such charisma and nonchalance it felt like real events happening in front of you. Rosalind is sweet, gutsy and fun. Romantic moments between her and Orlando are paired with brilliant comedy and even the rain didn’t seem to matter!”

“Watching the cast have fun and truly deliver even when soaking wet was really something to behold.”

– Everything Theatre **** 4 STARS





A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ Langton Long, Blandford Forum

part of The Dorset Opera Festival July 2013

Fundraising for The Cupola Project for the restoration of Blandford Forum Church

“Spiffingly good…Keep an eye out for these guys. They are hot and going places!”

 – Nicolas Mansfield, Director of Nationale  Reisopera of The Netherlands


“TALENTED young actors teamed up with seasoned performers in an open-air production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that raised funds for Dorset Opera and the Blandford Cupola Project. A moveable feast!”

   – Nicci Brown, Forum Focus







A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Christ Church, Chelsea

December 2012


“Truly magical”

Jenny Potter, Magazines BBC Worldwide


“Your show has energy, pace, warmth…audiences will love every minute”

                                                                         -Brigid Panet, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

 The tumultuous reception was well-deserved as Reynolds successfully incorporated traditional elements, including the use of Elizabethan costume, with unconventional staging (the cast flitted from the aisles, balconies and pews of the church), all together creating an innovative production which by no means lost the magic of the original story.”

                                                                         – Kensington and Chelsea Magazine


A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Burnt Norton

August 2012

Burnt Out Theatre

An open air production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the beautiful and historic Burnt Norton House, Chipping Campden in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. After 5 sell-out performances, BurntOut raised £8000 for the MS Society!


“Truly exceptional” –  Prue Leith

“Fabulous…the space [used] so brilliantly”  – Rupert Gregson-Williams, Film Composer

“It was a pleasure experiencing BurntOut’s production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in the enchanting garden of Burnt Norton. The company of gifted young actors from London drama schools gave a very spirited performance… The director, Clemmie Reynolds, used Burnt Norton’s lawns, alleys and glades to full effect in capturing the magic and menace of the forest near Athens”

                                                                                  – Roger Pringle, former Director of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

“Absolutely brilliant. [I] have seen this so many times…and this was the best ever…the staging impossible to beat anywhere.”

                                                                                   – Chris O’Donohue