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The Shepherd's Life

Sat 26 March - Sat 23 April A story of hard graft, passion and determination

James' family have farmed the Cumbrian hills for generations, digging sheep out of the snow in winter and tending to the lambing in spring. A window into modern rural life, this story is a celebration of shepherding featuring film, puppetry and music.

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The Vertical Hour

Sat 28 May – Sat 5 November This gripping and moving play, will challenge, enthral and pitch you into passionate discussion all the way home.

Nadia Blye, an American war reporter turned Yale professor, has seen the horror of war up close. Advising President Bush as an advocate for ‘humane intervention’ in Iraq, she’s more than used to defending her divisive opinions, that is until she meets Oliver...

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Jazz Festival Celebrates 25 Year Milestone
April 2016

The Jennings Keswick Jazz Festival celebrates its silver jubilee in 2016 with a four-day jazz extravaganza featuring some of the very best UK and international jazz musicians. Since 1992, the festival has been filling the town with jazz music f

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Contact us

Many ways to get in touch

By phone
To book tickets or for performance related info call our Box Office on 017687 74411 - open 9.30am until 8pm, 7 days a week. For our administration office call 017687 72282.

By Post
Write to us at: Theatre by the Lake, Lakeside, Keswick CA12 5DJ.

In person
Located on the ground floor, our Box Office is open from 9.30am until 8pm, 7 days a week.