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Theatre by the Lake

Lake Road, Keswick, England
+44 17687 74411
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The Secret Garden - Great for Children of all Ages

We managed to get tickets for the first performance of The Secret Garden. The stage set up and the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Handbags at dawn

We saw one of the last performances of Handbags. Not the best of plays nor of acting. The theatre... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Theatre by the Lake has a setting on the shores of Derwentwater no other professional theatre in Britain can match. Each year it stages up to nine of its own productions of classic, modern and new plays on its two stages and has won multi-starred reviews from national critics. It also hosts festivals of literature, jazz, film and mountains. There are lifts to all levels and wheelchair users can get to all front-of-house and backstage areas. Both auditoria have enhanced-hearing and induction loop systems.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Lake Road, Keswick, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We managed to get tickets for the first performance of The Secret Garden. The stage set up and the acting were superb. It is nice to see a play that the whole family can enjoy together. It was noticeable that all the children and adult...More

1  Thank TripperLancs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We saw one of the last performances of Handbags. Not the best of plays nor of acting. The theatre though was like Shangri la in a wilderness of the best countryside for many a mile. You don't expect a theatre in the wilderness of countryside...More

Thank Manchester11
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visits to Lake District always planned around visits to TBTL. This time were privileged to watch the intense and intimate Miss Julie in The Studio and the hilarious and unexpectedly delightful Handbagged. Would see both again. Acting superb, sets perfect. Cannot fault anything.

Thank Marilyn0909
Reviewed 8 November 2017

I love this theatre. I has such good quality productions, is welcoming and friendly and has all that a visitor needs within it. Whenever I visit the Lakes I am sure to make a booking to see one of the plays that is on. I...More

Thank AngiehSurrey
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Impressive small theatre, hidden away from the main tourist throb of Keswick. My first visit. Adequate seating and proportionately placed with good level viewing of the stage. I visited on a Sunday evening to see a tribute concert, which was well attended. Rows of seats...More

Thank Hantsman99
Reviewed 7 November 2017

We visit the theatre every year during our annual trip to Keswick. It is one of the most welcoming theatres we have been to & have never been disappointed by the productions we have seen. Handbagged was superb.

1  Thank Elaine D
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

We visited Keswick for 3 days and watched the productions "Handbagged" and "After the Dance". Both were thought provoking and superb! I loved the volunteer ushers, formally kitted out in evening wear (but unjudging of me in my holiday clothes), the relaxed and happy atmosphere...More

Thank Robyn A
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Lovely theatre in beautiful location. The performances were brilliantly acted. Especially enjoyed After the Dance, costumes and setting fantastic. Interval ice cream was different and delicious. Appreciated the two performances deal.

Thank eli137
Reviewed 3 November 2017

Went to see this play on 3 Nov 17. The theatre itself is lovely, the seating all close to the stage and there is sufficient leg room. It's staffed by volunteers (typically retired local people) who are clearly proud of the theatre and keen to...More

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

Just enjoyed Handbags at this lovely theatre. Very funny & well acted. A wonderful way to spend an evening. Keswick & the Lake are also wonderful at night

Thank Patricia C
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Rosie C
19 August 2017|
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Response from paul t | Reviewed this property |
No it isn't
Linda B
11 July 2017|
Response from FullResponse | Property representative |
Hi, our website has full details of those shows via our handy calendar, it details which shows are on both those days. You can choose the performances you're interested on and it routes you to find out more about each show... More
24 March 2017|
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Response from FullResponse | Property representative |
Hello, The theatre announced at last year's festival that they were programming five days of Jazz events from Wed 10 May until Sun 14 May in the absence of anyone coming forward to run the festival in the future. But... More