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Theatre by the Lake

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Address: Lakeside, Keswick, England
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+44 17687 74411
09:30 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 20:00

Theatre by the Lake has a setting on the shores of Derwentwater no other...

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.

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Car parking stupidity and council idiocy at it's finest.

We drove to the theatre on Saturday 15th Jan. Arriving at 5:30pm so we could get dinner in Keswick prior to our 7:00pm show we parked in the large car park adjacent to the... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We drove to the theatre on Saturday 15th Jan. Arriving at 5:30pm so we could get dinner in Keswick prior to our 7:00pm show we parked in the large car park adjacent to the theatre. It was £3 to park however they have the most ridiculous regulation that daytime parking ends at 7:00pm - so if you are staying later... More 

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Surat Thani, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I hope the good citizens of Keswick and the surrounding area realise just how lucky they are in having this wonderful theatre with all of its talented staff on their doorstep. I say this because on the evening we attended, there were large gaps in the audience. This may, of course, been due to the time of the year (... More 

1 Thank Suratrichard
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped off for a coffee whilst visiting Keswick. Lovely atmosphere, great coffee & tea and although we didn't eat there the food looked great 👍🏻

Thank Andrea B
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have visited the Theatre a few times and I think this is one of the best productions I have seen. An adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson magical fairy tale, the story isn't as well known as some so I did wonder if the younger children would understand but the production was amazing and had all children spell bound... More 

1 Thank Melanie c
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is a lot going for this theatre. 1. It has good music and drama productions on its main and studio stages. 2. Several visiting companies put on shows here. 3.It has its own restaurant where you can get refreshments, snacks or pre-theatre dinner. 4.It has ample parking, though expensive before 7PM 5.Last but not least it is in a... More 

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Uppsala, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were here to see The Emperor and the Nightingale, adapted from the HC Anderson story, The Nightingale and produced in the Chinese opera style. The play was absolutely delightful and kept the children spellbound. A lovely small theatre, opened by Dame Judy Dench, reeked of local history and the performance did not disappoint. There is a café for snacks... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived just before 1pm for a bite of lunch before matinee at 2pm.. Food didn't arrive until 1.45, after chasing it twice. And what arrived was dreadful - the "pies" were just thin soups with cheap puff pastry on top (photo is of the "steak" pie), and the salad was plain and dry with only iceberg lettuce leaves. Very disappointed... More 

Thank Nicola B
Cumbria, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a reasonably frequent visitor to the 'Theatre by the Lake' I reckon this is a wonderful place in so many respects. Firstly, its location must be one of the most picturesque in the British Isles. Next, the standard and variety of plays, shows and spectacles on offer throughout the year tend to be as good, if not better than... More 

1 Thank Joseph R
Warrington, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The production in the Theatre was excellent in every respect. Our pre-Theatre meal in the cafe was awful. Ordered one choice from three for main course, then told ten minutes later it wasn't available. Seated at a table with a draught, and waited 30 minutes for our main course. Two portions arrived followed five minutes later by two others. Had... More 

1 Thank Richard C
Cockermouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Lovely new building is an addition to the existing cafe in the theatre itself. Excellant views over Derwentwater and outside seating during the summer. Good coffee and cake- with very helpful staff and dogs allowed in the lower part of the cafe.

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