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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 Professor of Adventure

Sat 19 March - Tue 5 April An English eccentric seeking romance and adventure living amongst nature

It’s 1941 and Millican, the Borrowdale Hermit, is far from happy because the Keswick ARP warden has just ordered him to “put that candle out” to observe the blackout rules. Not what the self-styled seeker of freedom wants to hear...

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Small Talk and Big Voices
February 2016

What does a drama about the etiquette of talking on trains and a 19th Century opera have in common? They’re both coming up at Theatre by the Lake shortly, of course. First on the bill is the welcome return of Swansea City Opera on Tue 1 March, wit

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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.