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Theatre by the Lake


Lakeside, KESWICK, Cumbria, CA12 5DJ
01768 774411
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Malory Towers
FROM:27-03-2020
TO:18-04-2020
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Nostalgic, naughty and perfect for now, Malory Towers is a musical of high jinks, high drama and high spirits.

Malory Towers is the original Girl Power story, re-imagined for the 21st Century and set to sensational live music and breathtaking animation. A glorious celebration of friendship and finding yourself, this is a show for girls, boys and all us grown up children who remember the joys – and pains – of growing up.

One Side Lie The Sea
FROM:27-03-2020
TO:18-04-2020
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‘Standing out in the middle of the Solway it’s a different world, it’s a different place to be. It takes away all your life stresses. Thinking about the tides will take you away for days. It’s like pressing the restart button.’
Mark, Haaf net fisherman

We’ve been on a journey around rural coastal Britain and we’ve met some astonishing people along the way – this production shares their stories. Tales of hope and loss, of seas and tides, of quotas and freedom. From Newlyn to Maryport, Silloth to Hornsea, One Side Lies the Sea is a musical journey through the brilliant communities that inhabit our coastline.

A musical collaboration between Pentabus Theatre, Theatre by the Lake and rural coastal communities in North West Cumbria, Cornwall and East Riding of Yorkshire.

Directed by Sophie Motley. Co-created with Jennifer Bell. Theatre by the Lake Co-Production with Pentabus Theatre Company.

Boeing Boeing
FROM:21-05-2020
TO:31-10-2020
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It’s 1960s Paris and the debonair Bernard, a self-styled lothario, is having his cake and eating it. His three air hostess girlfriends work for three different airlines on three different schedules, and are blissfully unaware of each other’s existence.

But Boeing have launched a new, faster aeroplane which is about to unleash havoc upon Bernard’s intricate love life. When all three women end up at his apartment on the same day, Bernard, his maid Bertha, and his visiting friend Robert must navigate the turbulence ahead…

A riotous farce of mayhem and matchmaking, Boeing Boeing is an award-winning comedy classic.

Directed by Nick Bagnall
Designed by Carla Goodman
‘Pure pleasure and unconditional bliss!’
The New York Times

'The most deliriously funny flight of your life'
Mail on Sunday

Accessible performances:
Relaxed - Thu 8 Oct, 12pm
Captioned - Tue 22 Sept, 2pm
Audio-described - Tue 13 Oct, 2pm

Rope
FROM:04-06-2020
TO:31-10-2020
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One dark and stormy night Brandon and his friend Granillo decide to throw a dinner party for some illustrious friends. A mysterious locked chest serves as the supper table and it’s not long before the guests are guessing why the chest is there and what might be hidden within. But something is very wrong and a quick-witted dinner guest begins to pick up the trail of an unimaginable crime.

This gripping noir thriller, supposedly based on a real life case and famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock, transforms the ‘whodunnit’ into the ‘will they get away with it?’, depicting the jazz age generation wallowing in privilege, booze and self-obsession.

Directed by Liz Stevenson
Designed by Carla Goodman

Production supported by Judith Johnstone

Accessible performances:
Captioned - Tue 20 Oct, 2pm
Audio-described - Thu 3 Sept, 2pm

The Climbers
FROM:30-07-2020
TO:31-10-2020
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WORLD PREMIERE
“In the death zone, your body starts eating itself. Time and space disappear. It’s impossible to remember what happens up there.”

When Yasmine returns from a perilous once-in-a-lifetime expedition without her husband and climbing partner Charlie, a lot of people have a lot of questions. What happened on the mountain? Where is Charlie? Why do Yasmine and Sherpa Tshering’s accounts differ so drastically?

Private investigator Connie tries to unearth the truth from the remnants of a half-remembered nightmare.

Strong language

Directed by Guy Jones
Designed by Max Johns

Accessible performances:
Captioned - Thu 10 Sept, 2pm
Audio-described - Tue 27 Oct, 2pm

Wilt
FROM:21-05-2020
TO:31-10-2020
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WORLD PREMIERE
Alan has worked as a park ranger for the last 50 years. He knows every square inch of the park; every tree, bush and plant. When a fatal case of wilt disease is detected nearby, the park’s population of beautiful oak trees comes under threat.

The team of park rangers don’t know how worried they should be. Jess tries to create order with an online inventory, Martin is busy dealing with budgets and local councillors and Chris has almost run over a badger. But when they’re hit with the latest round of spending cuts, some difficult decisions need to be made.

A love letter to the natural world, Wilt is a gentle, tender and lyrical play about the nature of change.

Directed by Liz Stevenson
Designed by Ranya El-Refaey

Production supported by David and Sue Thomas

Occasional strong language

These Walls
FROM:04-06-2020
TO:31-10-2020
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WORLD PREMIERE

Danni’s got a new cellmate. Not that anyone bothered to tell her. She’s called Becky, and she’s pregnant.

As the two women are forced to spend time together, a friendship grows alongside the new life, but it soon becomes clear that Danni is burying a secret and Becky is determined to get to the bottom of it.

A raw and poignant exploration of freedom, friendship and motherhood as two women navigate how they can each find hope, acceptance and a future they can believe in.

Directed by Holly Race Roughan
Designed by Ranya El-Refaey

These Walls was originally commissioned and developed by Clean Break.

Strong language

Drown Your Empty Selves
FROM:30-07-2020
TO:31-10-2020
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WORLD PREMIERE
Jack is immortal. He’s also a larger-than-life rambunctious character who likes a pint of ale. Every 100 years he staggers back to the same pub, in the hope of seeing the only person in the world who might recognise and remember him: Rose.

Drown Your Empty Selves is a charming, surprising and uplifting tale that careers through the last 500 years of British history and charts the journey of the local boozer, its dedicated drinkers and an extraordinary love affair.

Directed by Kash Arshad
Designed by Ranya El-Refaey

Strong language

The Borrowers
FROM:26-11-2020
TO:16-01-2021
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There’s nothing small about the spirit of these borrowing folk.

Below the floorboards of a large old house, we are plunged into the quirky, wonky, miniature world of young Arrietty and her family of Borrowers. Making use of anything and everything they find ‘upstairs’, from cotton buds to postage stamps, the Borrowers are the original up-cyclers.

Fizzing with acrobatic feats, magical storytelling and original music, follow us into the Borrowers’ hidden world as the Main House at TBTL gets turned into a giant adventure playground for these small yet indomitable folk.

A glorious re-telling of a much-loved childhood favourite which will set imaginations alight at Christmas.

For ages 6+

Accessible performances:
Relaxed - Thu 10 Dec, 12pm
Captioned - Mon 4 Jan, 7,15pm
Audio-described - Sat 2 Jan, 2pm

‘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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