Theatre Marine is a boat hire business which started operating in 1984 hiring out motor boats and rowing boats from the steps of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. In his 25+ years running a business on the River Avon, proprietor Richard Payne has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, appeared on ‘Rosie and Jim’ and carried out safety work for major BBC productions. He has held a Boat Masters Licence for over 35 years.


Our boat is a classic  ‘Mitchell 31’, renowned for its stability and strength. ‘Seagull’ is a former North Sea pilot boat , ideally suited as a day boat for some of the longer trips we offer, as a picnic boat for a two hour cruise, or dressed up as a pirates galleon for our very popular pirate party trips. It has a front cabin (including washroom), wheelhouse and a fully covered open sided seating area at the rear.

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