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Theatre by the Lake

Lake Road, Keswick, England
+44 17687 74411
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Brilliant as always

Visits to Lake District always planned around visits to TBTL. This time were privileged to watch... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Caernarfon, United Kingdom
A highlight of our trip to the Lakes

I love this theatre. I has such good quality productions, is welcoming and friendly and has all... read more

Reviewed 1 week 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
+44 17687 74411
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Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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.

Thank Elaine D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the theatre to watch 3 shows - As you like it, After the dance and Handbags. All very different but all acted with great skill and excellence with great props and scenery. It is always a great pleasure to visit the Theatre by...More

Thank Janice I
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We attended 3 plays and they were all very good but, we won't be visiting the Studio Theatre again. The play we saw there, Miss Julie, was very good but, it is an intimate space and the action involved smoking. Admittedly the actual smoking was...More

Thank Stuart W
FullResponse, Head of Communications at Theatre by the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

First of all we're delighted to hear that you enjoyed the show you saw. I'm really sorry however that you were affected by the smoke in the production. I can confirm that smoking is mentioned on the show page online as a warning and also...More

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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
25 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