‘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.
Due to the impact of the current outbreak, TBTL is currently closed to the public. Our building might be closed but behind the scenes, our team are working towards reopening in 2021 ensuring that our staff, volunteers and audiences will all be safe when we do. We look forward to welcoming you back in the autumn!