Delight in the Drama of the Lakes

The Main House at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick Keswick Film Festival at Theatre by the Lake in February Keswick Jazz Festival at Theatre by the Lake (photo by Tony West) The Professor of Adventure by Peter Macqueen Production of The Shepherd's Life by James Rebanks, at Theatre by the Lake this spring Keswick Amateur Operatic Society presents The Hired Man at Theatre by the Lake

Theatre by the Lake, Britain’s most remote and arguably most beautifully located theatre, is now set to stage a jam-packed line-up of top quality performances and festivals in 2016!

Spring is a perfect time to get your diaries ready & discover the drama of the Lakes at the scenic Theatre by the Lake in Keswick

Nestled on the shores of Derwentwater, Theatre by the Lake invites you to swing into spring with the 25th anniversary of the acclaimed Keswick Jazz Festival (from Thursday 12 – Sunday 15 May).

For lovers of all things literature and language, a must-see in March is the prestigious Words by the Water. This 10-day festival of words and ideas has a riveting programme of tantalising talks to get people thinking, conversing, questioning, debating and laughing!

This year will also see nine of Theatre by the Lakes own plays. The productions will run between March 2016 and early 2017 and include an unmissable world première of The Shepherd’s Life, an adaption by Chris Monks of the best-selling book by Matterdale sheep farmer James Rebanks, aka the Herdwick Shepherd. The production will feature puppet sheep and sheepdogs – designed and choreographed by the associate puppetry director of the internationally acclaimed War Horse, alongside a professional cast of eight and a group of local adult and child amateur actors.

The second Theatre by the Lakes world première is The Professor of Adventure, a one-man play by actor Peter Macqueen, based on the extraordinary life of Millican Dalton, who fled a stifling life in the City to find freedom living as a hermit in a Lake District cave.

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
Theatre by the Lake, Keswick


Dramatic highlights for the year ahead at Theatre by the Lake…


Words by the Water – Friday 4 – Sunday 13 March

The 25th Jennings Keswick Jazz Festival – Thursday 12 – Sunday 15 May


The Professor of Adventure by Peter Macqueen – Saturday 19 March – Tuesday 5 April

The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks, adapted by Chris Monks – Saturday 26 March – Saturday 23 April

The Hired Man by Melvyn Bragg and Howard Goodall – Tuesday 3 – Saturday 7 May

// SUMMER SEASON 28 May – 5 November

Main House

Watch It, Sailor! by Philip King and Falkland Cary – a rib-tickling northern comedy about a disaster-prone family wedding.

Dial M for Murder – Frederick Knott’s edge-of-seat thriller about a husband who plots the perfect murder.

The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan – a sparkling comedy of romance and intrigue, deception and duels set in eighteenth century Bath.


The Vertical Hour by David Hare – a gripping and moving story of the impact of the Iraq war on ordinary lives.

Sophokles’ Elektra translated by Anne Carso – the story of a grief-stricken daughter who seeks revenge on her mother for the murder of her father.

Iron by Rona Munro – an intense psychological drama set in a prison as a mother and daughter try to overcome the barriers of time, memory and punishment.


The Emperor and the Nightingale by Neil Duffield, based on The Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen – an enchanting and magical adventure, set in ancient China.

For the full programme and to book tickets visit Theatre by the Lake

To enjoy these Lakes Culture events and much more, book your break in the Lake District here