The Theatre by the Lake is often described as Britain’s most remote producing theatre due to its rural location in the heart of Keswick. It is actually located between the Lakeside car park and Derwentwater and offers a wonderfully intimate and enjoyable location for theatre, arts and festivals. It has 400-seats and is a beautiful spot for enjoying all manner of shows and performances.
The Theatre by the Lake opened in 1999 and is a wonderful place to stop by when visiting Keswick. Just a gentle stroll from Derwentwater, it is a truly unique location for a theatre. The theatre was officially opened by Dame Judi Dench and her late husband Michael Williams, who remain presidents of the theatre.
It is home to the leading professional theatre company in the whole of Cumbria and a programme of summer dramas is very popular with visitors and locals alike. In addition to stage shows, the theatre also offers small film screening, music events and its own festivals. There are often craft exhibitions and special events for the whole family, ensuring that whenever you visit Keswick, there is something to enjoy at the theatre.
The production company at the Theatre by the Lake are committed to producing at least one new play every year and they always make sure there is a family friendly Christmas offering, so visiting Keswick at Christmas should always involve popping by the theatre.
Festivals at The Theatre by the Lake
The Theatre by the Lake hosts several festivals each year. The most well-known and most popular are The Keswick Mountain Festival and Words by the Water. The Mountain Festival takes place each summer and is an opportunity to celebrate the culture and history of the mountains of the Lake District and further afield. It incorporates sports, music, arts and more. The Words by the Water Festival is a more traditional literary festival, with spoken word artists, author discussions and political commentators all attending.
With an arts programme and exhibitions, you can visit in passing as well as bookable shows, the theatre is worth visiting even if you haven’t booked to see a show. It is a wonderful venue to simply behold and equally enjoyable if you’re popping in to see some of the pieces on display.
Visiting Keswick and not taking a walk down to the Theatre on the Lake would be a great shame and you really should find the time to give it a quick visit, if not book in to see one of the wonderful productions.