Six Summer Season Shows at Theatre by the Lake

Watch It, Sailor! - part of Theatre by the Lake's Summer Season The Vertical Hour - part of Theatre by the Lake's Summer Season

Two contrasting plays – a laugh-a-minute comedy and a dramatic debate about the morality of war – launch the 2016 Summer Season at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.

Both open on Saturday 28 May, one in the Main House and the other in the Studio. In the following weeks, they will be joined by four more productions. All six will be performed by a resident company of 14 actors and will play in repertoire until early November.

Theatre by the Lake is staging six exceptional shows as part of its Summer Season 2016


The Main House season begins with Watch It, Sailor!, by Philip King and Falkland L. Cary, a sequel to Sailor, Beware! staged at Theatre by the Lake in 2004. In Watch It, Sailor!, a bride gets to the church on time but her sailor bridegroom doesn’t – and his terrifying mother-in-law-to-be isn’t happy. Nuptial chaos ensues in this wonderful northern comedy; it’s a show for all the family.


In the Studio, other members of the company present The Vertical Hour by leading British playwright David Hare, a gripping and passionate examination of the rights and wrongs of the Iraq war. The debate between an American war reporter turned academic and an English doctor will have audiences in passionate discussion all the way home.


Dial M for Murder, the twist-and-turns thriller by Frederick Knott, opens in the Main House on Sat 11 June. A husband plots the killing of his philandering wife – but will he get away with it? Is the perfect murder possible? An edge-of-the-seat drama to get everyone guessing.


The second Studio play follows a week later on Saturday 18 June and will be Theatre by the Lake’s first production of a Greek tragedy – Sophokles’ Elektra, directed by Greek director Mary Papadima. It’s a fast-moving story of family strife and a grief-stricken daughter’s desperate obsession with revenge.


The final Main House show opening on Saturday 30 July is The Rivals, Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s sparkling comedy of romance and intrigue, deception and duels set in 18th Century Bath. Look out for word-mangling Mrs Malaprop.


The final play of the season, opening on Saturday 6 August in the Studio, is Iron by Scottish writer Rona Munro; an intense psychological drama set in a prison as a mother, serving life for murder, and her daughter try to break through the barriers of time, memory and punishment that separate them.

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Theatre by the Lake Summer Season runs from 28 May until 5 November.

Season Tickets are available if you would like to see more than one play – they start from as little as £16 per show. Individual tickets are priced from £34.50 – £10. You can book online at Theatre by the Lake or by calling Box Office on 017687 74411.

Theatre by the Lake is Britain’s most remote producing theatre. Set in the Lake District on the edge of the small town of Keswick and close to Derwentwater, it produces up to nine plays a year in its Main House (400 seats) and Studio (100 seats). In summer a resident company of 14 actors presents six plays in a repertory season that runs from May to early November.

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

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