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Theatre by the Lake


Lakeside, KESWICK, Cumbria, CA12 5DJ
01768 774411
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My Mother Said I Never Should
FROM:23-05-2019
TO:30-10-2019
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Set in Manchester, Oldham and London over the course of 40 years, My Mother Said I Never Should is a powerful and poignant story about love, jealousy and the price of freedom. Charlotte Keatley’s beautiful play weaves together the stories of four women from one family, joining each of them at pivotal moments in their lives as secrets, lies, and momentous decisions reverberate through the generations. Moving back and forth in time, we see their loves, expectations and choices, set against the huge social changes of the 20th century. Keatley’s award-winning play has been translated into 22 languages and is considered a seminal piece of British theatre. In its moving exploration of the relationships between mothers and daughters, and the consequences of breaking the most sacred taboo of motherhood, My Mother Said I Never Should examines the choices we make which determine the course of our lives – and how it is never too late to change.

Tickets from £10.

Post-show Discussion
Thu 22 August

The Ladykillers
FROM:24-05-2019
TO:30-10-2019
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The plan is simple: pull off the heist of the century while posing as a group of classical musicians. The only problem? Mrs Wilberforce, a sweet little old lady, alone in her lopsided house with this gang of criminal misfits! As the plot thickens, so do Mrs W’s suspicions, but with the local police force oblivious, it’s up to her and General Gordon (her beloved parrot) to stand up for justice against five desperate men. One of the best-loved British pictures of all time is transformed from macabre comedy into madcap mayhem by the co-creator of Father Ted and Black Books.

Tickets from £10.

Captioned Performance
Sat 19 October, 7.30pm

Audio Described Performance
Sat 28 September, 2pm

Relaxed Performance
Wed 9 October, 12pm

Post-show Discussion
Thu 24 October

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice
FROM:06-06-2019
TO:01-11-2019
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Little Voice has a hidden talent. Alone in her room with only her dead father’s record collection for company, she sings along with the greatest divas of the 20th century with a voice that’s pure gold.
Downstairs, hard-drinking mother Mari’s on the rampage – she’s after booze and a working phone line. When her latest squeeze Ray overhears LV’s secret talent, he realises she may be his ticket to hit the big time. But LV is painfully shy and she’ll need to conquer more than her stage-fright if she’s going to find her own voice in the world. Funny, brutal, beautiful and sad, this Northern comedy is packed with sensational tunes, bold humour and a gentle heart. Named in the top 50 plays of all time and winner of an Olivier award for Best Comedy, you may have caught the film, but nothing prepares you for the full force of the original stage show.

Tickets from £10.

Captioned Performance
Wed 16 October, 2pm

Audio Described Performance
Wed 4 September, 2pm

Post-show Discussion
Thu 19 September

The Children
FROM:06-06-2019
TO:01-11-2019
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“Retired people are like nuclear power stations. We like to live by the sea.”

Former nuclear scientists Hazel and Robin are enjoying the quiet life, feeding the cows and practising yoga, while the world around them is descending into chaos. When an old colleague arrives on their doorstep harbouring a deadly secret, the fallout will be explosive. Olivier Award-winning writer Lucy Kirkwood deftly weaves charged global issues with everyday domestic squabbles, in a riotous fusion of irreverent wit and gripping drama. A dark yet glorious delight.

Tickets from £10.

Post-show Discussion
Wed 4 September (2pm show)

Guards at the Taj
FROM:08-08-2019
TO:02-11-2019
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As dawn breaks on the final day of construction of the Taj Mahal, two hapless Imperial Guards must once again resist the urge to look at the most beautiful monument the world has ever seen – by order of the Emperor. As first light hits the pure white domes, this proves harder than it sounds and friends Humayun and Babur are about to discover that beauty comes at a terrible price. Brutal, audacious and wickedly funny, this is an award-winning tale about beauty, the powerful and the powerless.

Tickets from £10.

Post-show Discussion
Thu 26 September

Dear Uncle
FROM:01-08-2019
TO:02-11-2019
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Ennerdale in the Lake District, 1935. Sonya and Uncle Marcus live a quiet life with occasional visits from the dashing Dr Ash. But this summer is different. Sonya’s elderly father Cedric has turned up with his glamorous new wife Helena. They think they might stay for a few weeks, and before long chaos has broken out. Chekhov’s masterpiece of longing and loneliness is brilliantly adapted by the master of social comedy, Alan Ayckbourn.

Tickets from £10.

Captioned Performance
Mon 28 October, 7.30pm

Audio Described Performance
Wed 2 October, 2pm

Post-show Discussion
Thu 15 August

A Christmas Carol
FROM:22-11-2019
TO:11-01-2020
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It’s Christmas Eve. Cold-hearted businessman Ebenezer Scrooge grows grumpier and meaner than ever as Christmas Day approaches. When a ghostly apparition appears at his bedside, he’s whisked away on a startling journey to uncover the true meaning of Christmas. Join us for one of the best-loved stories ever written in Dickens’ tale of redemption and compassion; a tonic to warm the cockles of your heart this winter. A high-spirited and joyful version from the adapter of Theatre by the Lake’s acclaimed production of The 39 Steps, our colourful production features all your favourite characters and plenty of laughs: glorious family entertainment for Christmas.

Tickets from £10. Suitable for ages 6+

Captioned Performance
Fri 3 January, 7.15pm

Audio Described Performance
Sat 4 January, 2pm

Relaxed Performance
Thu 5 December, 12pm

‘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 up to nine of 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. The theatre’s Summer Season is very special, with productions performed in rep by a resident company of actors; audiences can catch several plays in a one-week visit, and see the same actors performing across a variety of roles. Alongside its own work, Theatre by the Lake welcomes a fantastic range of visiting companies and artists, and hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year. In 2017, the theatre won Most Welcoming Theatre award in the North West for the fourth year running. Alongside Rails, the 2018 Season includes Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, Single Spies, Sense and Sensibility and Bold Girls playing in rep, followed by The Other Place and our Christmas production of Beauty and the Beast.

Transport

Penrith

Parking

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

Cafe

Spotlight Café Bar | Opening Hours: Performance days: Serving food from 11am until 5pm, from 5pm there is bar service. Non-performance days: 11am until 5pm.
Situated within the theatre building, Spotlight Café Bar offers delicious cakes, lunch and snacks and a quiet space to relax and unwind. In the evening during a show it's a bar serving everything from champagne to local ale.

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.

Restaurant

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

Bar

12 noon until end of performance.

Access Info

For detailed access information please visit the theatre's access page: www.theatrebythelake.com/access

Tokenline: 020 3011 0755

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