Theatre By The Lake Announces Brand New Season Of Visiting Work

Keswick will welcome some of the UK’s most innovative and exciting artists as part of Theatre by the Lake’s upcoming season of visiting work.

The diverse season of music, film and theatre will run from July 2017 to January 2018, alongside the theatre’s Summer Season of in-house productions.

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As part of the season, will include an eclectic range of music and the theatre is particularly excited to welcome English Touring Opera to the Main Stage, performing Handel’s most celebrated opera, Giulio Cesare. The two stand-alone performances; The Death of Pompey and Cleopatra’s Needle, will take place on consecutive evenings on 14 and 15 November. Christopher Ainslie will lead the first-rate cast in what is set to be a duo of unmissable evenings from one of the UK’s most acclaimed touring opera companies.

Cara Dillon

Award-winning Irish folk artist, Cara Dillon, will make her Theatre by the Lake debut, followed by Kathryn Tickell and David Almond with Amy Thatcher. The trio will be bring their love of musical storytelling, Northumbrian traditions and dancing for a memorable night of irrepressible music on the shores of Derwentwater.

Also for the first time, three of the UK’s most successful tribute bands will head to the lake side. The Take That Experience, who have starred on ITV1 and wowed audiences across the UK and Europe, are now set to ‘shine’ in Keswick. Later in the season, The Karpenters, fronted by Laurie Briggs will perform and finally, Ed Blaney and his live band will bring the spectacular Ultimate Bowie to the stage, complete with amazing costumes and incredible vocals.

The Mighty Doonans

Firm favourites such as The Demon Barbers, The Mighty Doonans and The Mandolinquents will also return, alongside a series of classical concerts from Keswick Music Society, who will be celebrating their 70th season.

Always proud to host local societies and drama groups, the theatre has also announced that Keswick Peace and Human Rights Group will be present Remember Iraq by Jo Alberti, an intriguing perspective on conflict, centred around the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Meanwhile local favourite, Keswick Theatre Club, will perform Rumours, one of Neil Simon’s most celebrated comedies. Finally, Prism Arts, based in Carlisle and an associate company of Theatre by the Lake, will bring the newly developed Shadow Tales, which follows the story of a young boy searching for the truth and uses a mixture of live performance and shadow theatre.

Pam Ayres

In addition, An Evening with  will be take place in September; a night of witty, insightful and poignant poems and stories performed by one of the nation’s most treasured entertainers. And Doug Scott will tell the legendary tale of tackling the Ogre with fellow mountaineer Sir Chris Bonnington, in an epic story of survival in one of the world’s harshest environments.

Assistant Producer at Theatre by the Lake, Tess Ellison said: “We always try to programme a range of work across genres to contrast with our home-produced Summer Season of theatre.”

She added: “I’m particularly excited to welcome English Touring Opera to Keswick for the first time, as well as top quality folk, pop and tribute acts. This season is not to be missed.”

To book contact Box Office on  017687 74411 or visit

Full details of the programme can be found in the theatre’s online brochure

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