John Sackville is to star in the upcoming production of William Wordsworth at Theatre by the Lake

Theatre by the Lake is delighted to announce that John Sackville is to star in the upcoming production of William Wordsworth at Theatre by the Lake, performing in the title role. A world premiere, written by award-winning American playwright Nicholas Pierpan and co-produced with English Touring Theatre, William Wordsworth plays at Theatre by the Lake from 31 March to 22 April. Also in the cast is Olivier Award-winning actor Joseph Mydell whose credits include the hit TV series Homeland.


John Sackville

John Sackville recently played the role of Peter de Courcey in the Golden Globe-winning Netflix series The Crown, and is best known for playing Robert Frobisher Smythe in the US TV series House of Anubis. His stage work includes stints performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company and in the West End. Recent film includes The Lost City of Z in which Sackville plays the character of Simon Beauclerk, alongside Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland and Sienna Miller, due for release in the US in April 2017.

Joseph Mydell

Cast member Joseph Mydell plays the role of George Beaumont (patron and friend to Wordsworth) in William Wordsworth. Mydell won an Olivier Award for his performance in Angels in America at the National Theatre with other theatre including A Season in the Congo (Young Vic), The Tempest (RSC) and The Comedy of Errors (National Theatre).


The cast also includes Daniel Abelson playing Coleridge, Emma Pallant as Dorothy Wordsworth, Rosalind Steele as Mrs Coleridge, and Amiera Darwish as Sara Hutchinson. Rosalind Steele has performed several times previously at Theatre by the Lake, most recently as Nancy in 2013’s Christmas production of Swallows and Amazons, but for the rest of the cast this will be their first time performing in Keswick.

William Wordsworth looks at the lesser known story behind Wordsworth’s fame, set at a time when money problems and the health of his family clashed with his artistic and poetic ambitions. Filled with memorable characters and moments of hilarity juxtaposed with the more moving aspects of his story, it is a beautifully written and vivid homage to an iconic Cumbrian figure.

John Sackville said: ‘I’m very excited to be involved in the world premiere of this beautiful, deeply moving play. Nick is a wonderful writer and has done that difficult thing of breathing fresh, almost contemporary life, into an historical icon. The play tells an extraordinary and unexpected story with great passion and deep feeling, but there’s a good deal of humour as well. And – I won’t deny it – I’m also really looking forward to exploring once again the vales and peaks of this amazing part of the world, where I spent many happy and challenging hours backpacking and camping in my youth!’

This production ‘welcomes home’ English Touring Theatre, formerly Century Theatre Company, who will co-create a show for Keswick for the first time since their move to Crewe and then London over twenty years ago.

Casting has also been announced for Theatre by the Lake’s Studio production of Two-Way Mirror by Arthur Miller with actors Philip Cairns and Sarah Ovens taking on the intimate two-hander. Cairns’ theatre credits include Villette at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and The Crucible at the Royal Lyceum, with Sarah Ovens having recently performed in The Magistrate at the National Theatre and Measure for Measure at the RSC. They are directed by John Dove who most recently directed Oscar winner Mark Rylance in Farinelli and the King in the West End. Two-Way Mirror plays in the Studio from 17 to 25 March and 10 to 22 April, as well as touring locally.

William Wordsworth plays in Theatre by the Lake’s Main House from 31 March to 22 April. Tickets are from £10; for more information and to book tickets visit or call the box office on 017687 74411.


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