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In Person: Lakeside, KESWICK, Cumbria, CA12 5DJ
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Little Shop of Horrors
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Down town on Skid Row, weedy flower shop assistant Seymour is down on his luck until he stumbles across a mysterious new plant with killer potential. Fame and fortune follow but will this win the attention of the girl of his dreams, or will the insatiable appetite of his carnivorous plant get out of control?!

Feed the need for musical hilarity with this devilishly delicious sci-fi smash hit musical that has devoured the hearts of audiences around the globe and now comes to Theatre by the Lake in our brand-new production.

Filled with incredible rock and roll music, be prepared to laugh, scream, and be convinced to give up gardening for life!

Live in Theatre by the Lake (Main House)
Tickets from £12

Northanger Abbey
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Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of any sort of… disappointed love.

Catherine Morland knows little of the world, but who needs real-life experience when you have novels to guide you? Catherine seizes her chance to escape her claustrophobic family and join the smart set in Bath. Between balls and parties, she meets worldly, sophisticated Isabella Thorpe – Iz, to her friends – and so Cath’s very own adventure begins.

Playwright Zoe Cooper infuses the plot and spirit of Jane Austen’s original with her unique voice, resulting in a play fizzing with imagination, packed full of humour and brimming with love.

Theatre by the Lake, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Orange Tree Theatre and Stephen Joseph Theatre present
Northanger Abbey
By Zoe Cooper from the novel by Jane Austen I Directed by Tessa Walker
Sat 27 April - Fri 17 May | 7.30pm
Live in Theatre by the Lake (Main House)
Tickets from £12
2 hours 30 min
Ages 12+

Brassed Off
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“Three disasters. Two world wars, one bloody big depression. And every time, the band play on.”

It’s 1994 and the tight-knit mining community of Grimley, Yorkshire, are fighting to keep their colliery open. Meanwhile, revered band leader, Danny, battles to keep his dispirited band of brass-playing miners together with the dream of qualifying for the National Championships at London’s Albert Hall. When the uncertainty around the pit’s future becomes too much for the band members, loyalty is tested, pressure mounts and the community begins to break apart. With their whole way of life at stake, can the band find a way to play on?

Based on the smash-hit film, Brassed Off is a much-loved modern classic, full of grit, heart and northern humour. This production will feature live music from local brass bands to deliver a soul-stirring theatrical experience.

Theatre by the Lake, Octagon Theatre Bolton and Stephen Joseph Theatre present
Brassed Off
Adapted for the stage by Paul Allen | Based on the screenplay by Mark Herman I Directed by Liz Stevenson
Fri 28 June - Sat 27 July | 7.30pm
Live in Theatre by the Lake (Main House)
Tickets from £12
Age 13+

The Hound of the Baskervilles
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The world’s most famous detective gets a hilarious makeover in this spectacularly theatrical comedy

A terrible murder, a terrifying family curse, a killer on the loose and a gigantic beast on the moor; this sounds like a case for Sherlock Holmes! Can the great detective and his faithful companion Dr Watson unravel the mystery surrounding Sir Charles Baskerville’s death and save the life of the last remaining Baskerville, Sir Henry, before it’s too late!?

The Hound of the Baskervilles has gripped imaginations since it first appeared in print in 1901. This West End hit adaptation from famed physical comedy theatremakers Peeplolykus takes all the familiar elements of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tale through an exhilarating ride of ridiculously funny performances, witty dialogue and buckets of chaos. Expect the unexpected in this side-splitting Sherlock story.

Theatre by the Lake presents
The Hound of the Baskervilles
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle | Adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson I Directed by John Nicholson
Fri 9 August - Sat 7 September | 7.30pm
Live in Theatre by the Lake (Main House)
Tickets from £12

The Jungle Book
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Raised in the Indian jungle, Mowgli the man cub spends his boyhood days running wild with his wolf friends and hunting with the pack.

But Mowgli finds himself in great danger when a band of dastardly monkeys deliver him into the lair of the evil tiger, Shere Khan. With the help of his friends, Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther, Mowgli manages to escape the tiger’s jaws.

Shere Khan will stop at nothing to ensnare Mowgli, and when he tries to turn the wolf pack against the man cub, Mowgli must summon the courage to face his enemy. To triumph, he must first learn the law of the jungle and discover who he truly is.

Based on the adored children’s classic by Rudyard Kipling, Theatre by the Lake is excited to present Jessica Swale’s acclaimed stage adaptation of The Jungle Book. Featuring loveable characters, catchy songs and charming puppetry, this playful tale of adventure, friendship and belonging is the perfect treat for all the family this Christmas.

Live in Theatre by the Lake (Main House)
Tickets from £12

To find out what else is happening at Theatre by the Lake, visit their website here.



The Lakeside car park (operated by Allerdale Borough Council) is situated next to the theatre.


Lakeside Café Restaurant | Opening Hours: 9.00am - 9.00pm. Last orders 8.30pm.
Lakeside Café Restaurant is perched between the theatre and Derwentwater. Lofty, light and airy, its large windows give spectacular views across the lake to Cat Bells and beyond. It's the perfect setting for breakfast, lunch, coffee and cake or a stylish dinner before a show whether you are seeing a show or just stopped by on impulse. It's also welcoming to groups and available to hire for your special occasions.


Performance days: 9.00am - 9.00pm. Last orders 8.30pm.


12 noon until end of performance.

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‘Artistically sharp and stunningly situated’ - New Statesman

‘Combines a spot as idyllic as anywhere on Earth, with first class theatrical entertainment’ - Daily Telegraph

Theatre by the Lake opened in 1999. It is set a short stroll from Derwentwater on the edge of the bustling town of Keswick, amid the magnificent western fells of the Lake District. Theatre by the Lake is a producing theatre with regional and national impact, building upon the rich cultural heritage created in and inspired by the Lake District. From its unique rural location, Theatre by the Lake produces excellent, ambitious and inspiring theatre for its audiences and is a creative hub through which it engages with the communities of, and visitors to, Cumbria.

Born out of Century Theatre’s travelling Blue Box, it was willed into existence by passionate theatre lovers who wanted a permanent home for theatre in Keswick. Theatre by the Lake was the first theatre to be built with the help of the National Lottery and is the only year-round producing theatre in Cumbria. It has two stages, a 400-seat Main House and 100-seat Studio, and presents its own productions of classic, modern and new plays throughout the year serving a loyal all-year-round audience of residents and visitors to the region.

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