Get Set for a Super Sleuth Season at the Old Laundry Theatre

‘Sherlock’s Last Case’ headlines at the Old Laundry Theatre this season (photo Florence Acland) ‘Sherlock’s Last Case’ at the Old Laundry Theatre Jackie Oates will perform at the Old Laundry Theatre's mini festival Lau will perform at the Old Laundry Theatre's mini festival (photo Richard Ecclestone) New Old Friends will perform ‘The Falcon’s Malteser’ in October

The popular Bowness-on-Windermere Old Laundry Theatre reveals its forthcoming season of drama, music, spoken word, comedy and film with an enviable and unmissable line up of shows and artists!

A terrific new season at the Old Laundry – something for everyone from summer to Christmas.

Run to the box office! 

Alan Rickman, celebrity Trustee

It’s exciting times at the theatre too, as this year saw the renovation of a brand new theatre studio – the Laundrama, just across the road from the main building in the heart of Bowness. The new space gives the main auditorium greater flexibility to put on more music and theatre events throughout the year, leaving the studio Laundrama to play host to comedy events, smaller cabaret nights as well as doubling up as a fine-dining theatre Bistro.


Bowness Theatre Festival’s professional production ofSherlock’s Last Case, written by Charles Marowitz starts on Thursday 20 August and runs for three weeks. This black comedy picks up where the famous stories end, and embraces the super-brain sleuth Sherlock we all know and love and his famously contemptuous relationship with the faithful Doctor Watson.


The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough brings a world premiere to the stage with Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Hero’s Welcome’. Also playing alongside the new production is an old favourite, ‘Confusions’ – first seen in 1974, but probably one of Alan Ayckbourn’s most popular plays.

True fans of Ayckbourn’s work can have a marathon theatre day and see both productions on Saturday 7 November.


In October the popular North Country Theatre perform another of their brilliant productions, the mysterious ‘The Gift of Stones’, adapted from the award-winning novel. Also being welcomed to Bowness, a new company, the New Old Friends will perform ‘The Falcon’s Malteser’ – a hilarious family film noir pastiche following the adventures of a hopelessly inept private detective and his sharp witted brother.

The Theatre is delighted to be welcoming back the very popular LAMDA, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, who will be performing the popular ‘Of Mice and Men’, ‘On the Shore of the Wide World’ and Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’.

For lovers of folk music, the Old Laundry is excited to reveal three great shows in a weekend’s mini festival.

With fantastic ticket deals on offer, the Old Laundry Theatre’s mini festival has a super line-up, with the band Lau – winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award four years in a row, Jackie Oates – a fiddler extraordinaire with a beguiling singing voice, and The Dylan Project – four of Britain’s most talented folk-rock musicians – if you’re a Dylan fan book in now!

And for something classic, musician Emma Johnson, ‘England’s best loved clarinet player’, in partnership with pianist John Lenehan perform a sparkling programme that features at its heart two of the great landmark sonatas of the clarinet repertoire by Brahms and Saint-Saens.

The Old Laundry Theatre also plays host to the annual screening of the Cumbria Short Film Competition sponsored by Lakes Training Solutions, showcasing some of the best short films made in Cumbria and the cash prizes will be awarded to the winners of the Under 18 and Open categories.

Ending the autumn season, and back by popular demand are the fabulous Interactive Theatre International who return to present Faulty Towers the Dining Experience, bringing with them a two hour eat, drink and laugh sensation. One not to be missed!

Find out more about the Old Laundry Theatre season here

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