Conrad Lynch Announces First Season at Theatre by the Lake

Conrad Lynch Announces First Season at Theatre by the Lake

Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake is heading in a new and exciting creative direction, with the announcement of 2017 season, the first under leadership of new Artistic Director Conrad Lynch.

Joining the Theatre by the Lake with an impressive C.V, Conrad Lynch’s previous roles include Artistic Director of Wales Millennium Centre and Executive Producer at Shakespeare’s Globe. He announced the highly-anticipated programme at the launch event which took place on the morning of Monday 12 December. His inaugural season will see Theatre by the Lake take a fresher and more innovative approach to theatre, with the introduction of new writing, new collaborations and an ambitious programme that includes World and Regional Premieres.


Things will kick off in March 2017 with the opening production, the World Premiere of ‘William Wordsworth’ a Theatre by the Lake and English Touring Theatre co-production, written by award-winning playwright Nicholas Pierpan. The production will see the return of English Touring Company, formerly Old Century Theatre, who originated in Keswick’s Blue Box theatre over twenty years ago. This will be the first time the company have co-created a show for Keswick, since their move to the south.


The theatre’s popular summer season will include a variety of much-loved masterpieces and memorable new plays. The Main House will see a major revival of Terence Rattigan’s heart-rending and beautifully written ‘After the Dance’, followed by a collaboration with Shared Experience creating a new production of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies, ‘As You Like It’, which will then embark on a UK tour in November 2017. Completing the line up in the Main House is the Regional Premiere of the celebrated and critically acclaimed ‘Handbagged’ by Moira Buffini, a wickedly funny play that takes a look at what went on behind closed doors, between two of world’s most powerful women, Queen Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher.


Meanwhile, the Studio Theatre will host a programme dedicated to new writing, the first of the venue’s exciting new developments for 2017. Written by Alan Harris and the winner of the Judges’ Award in the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, ‘How My Light Is Spent’ is first up. This funny and heartfelt take on loneliness, isolation and longing sees Theatre by the Lake’s first ever co-production with Manchester’s Royal Exchange. There is also the World Premiere of Howard Brenton’s adaptation of Strindberg’s masterpiece, ‘Miss Julie’. As one of Britain’s most highly regarded writers, Brenton’s adaptation breathes fresh new life into the classic European play which will transfer to London’s Jermyn Street Theatre following its run in Keswick.


Concluding the season in the Studio is another World Premiere, that of ‘Remarkable Invisible’ by award-winning American writer Laura Eason. The theatre is thrilled to welcome Eason, who is a writer for the Emmy award-winning Netflix series, ‘House of Cards’ and whose most recent play ‘Sex with Strangers’, was produced by Steppenwolf Theatre and played at Second Stage Theatre in New York in 2015.

 Conrad Lynch also introduced Theatre by the Lake’s new Associate Director, Liz Stevenson, who will direct two of the summer season’s productions. Liz Stevenson will also direct the theatre’s much-lauded, 2017 Christmas production. This was announced as an exciting and enthralling adaptation of the much-loved children’s novel, The Secret Garden.

Also announced, was the programme for the theatre’s 16th annual Word’s by the Water Festival. The ‘Festival of Words and Ideas’ will take place from 3 – 12 March 2017 and will welcome speakers including Harriet Harman, Chris Tarrant, Peter Snow, novelist Salley Vickers, as well as a host of local poets and writers. The renowned festival will, as always, offer opportunity, inspiration and a tonic for the new year.

Tickets for the 2017 season go on general sale from January 9th, 2017. For full theatre listings and bookings will be visit
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