Theatre by the Lake is one of the most beautifully situated theatres in the world. It’s a busy, vibrant creative hub hosting all sorts of different artforms and festivals with a reputation for creating top notch theatre productions.
‘Artistically sharp, stunningly situated' – New Statesman
'Combines a spot as idyllic as anywhere on Earth, with first class theatrical entertainment' – Daily Telegraph
'The most beautifully located and friendly theatre in Britain' - The Independent
The Theatre houses two stages. The Main House is its big space, seating 400. It's a modern, airy and comfortable venue and lots of people say they really love it. The Studio Theatre is its smaller stage for an audience of up to 100. It's an intimate, modern venue. If you like being close to the action then you will adore this space.
So if it’s a great night out you’re after (following a day on the fells perhaps), or a chance to channel some creativity, you’re in for a treat when you visit them. You’ll see actors at the top of their game on its stages, meet local heroes and national treasures. They’ve work to make you laugh, question, contemplate and cry, and everything in between.
As well as hosting visiting companies and touring work, Theatre by the Lake stages up to nine of its own productions of classic, modern and new plays throughout the year, culminating in a much-loved family Christmas show.
There are lift 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. Free wifi is available in both the Theatre building and Café by the Lake.
Tickets can be purchased online on their website, where you can choose your own seat and see views of the stage before you buy. Alternatively, call the Box Office, they will be happy to advise you on 017687 74411 – its open from 9.30am to 8pm daily (6pm on non-performance nights).
There is also two gallery spaces hosting exhibitions from the work of professional artists to our local school children’s proudest work. Admission is always free. As both galleries are occasionally closed to the public, please check in advance with the Box Office on 017687 74411 if you have only one opportunity to visit an exhibition.
Lakeside Café & Restaurant
Lakeside Café is open from 9am. We serve breakfast until noon, offering a tempting range of hot rolls and muffins featuring various combinations of Cumbrian bacon, Cumberland sausage and free range eggs. For lunch there is soup, tasty hot and cold sandwiches, salads and hot dishes. Come with the papers and watch the light change by the minute over Derwentwater.
From 5.30-8pm you can dine in comfort all year round with pre-theatre meals (available with or without booking a performance) including a choice of starters, main courses and sweets made largely with foods produced in Cumbria. Add a glass of wine or beer - and enjoy the view!
For table reservations and more information please call 017687 81102 or visit the Food & Drink section of our website.
Relax and unwind in our Spotlight Café. Located on the ground floor of the theatre it's open from 11am, serving the Lakeside Café & Restaurant menu for those who are peckish, or just coffee and cake for those on the go. In the evening during a show it's an atmospheric bar serving everything from champagne to local ale. Free Wi-Fi is available.
Whether you’re watching a show, visiting the café or dropping in for a workshop you can be sure of a famous friendly Cumbrian welcome.
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|Season (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)|
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From M6 jct 40 and follow A66 towards Keswick, follow brown signs to Theatre and Lakeside. On foot the theatre is a 5 minute walk from the centre of Keswick.
Accessible by Public Transport: Penrith station is 24 miles away.
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