Mon 26 Jul 2021


Theatre by the Lake has announced it will reopen its building and welcome audiences back for live performances from 6 October with an autumn season of events now on-sale.

Friends Priority booking opens today at 9.30am with Public Booking opening on Wed 28 July, 9.30am.

Their autumn season consists of two Main House shows, Home I’m Darling by Laura Wade and Jacaranda by Lorna French, taking the programme up to Christmas – which will be announced in September.

Home I’m Darling is a co-production with Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough and The Octagon, Bolton and runs from Wed 6 – Sat 30 October in Keswick.  The show opened on 9 July in Scarborough to ecstatic audience reception and is directed by TBTL’s Artistic Director, Liz Stevenson (who directed TBTL favourite productions, The Secret Garden and Handbagged – shows which received widespread critical and audience acclaim).

The story centres on Judy and Johnny – a couple with the seemingly perfect marriage.  But behind the gingham curtains all is not quite what it seems. Described as a ‘blistering comedy’, the show explores gender roles in modern Britain.  The production has already clocked a five star review from the Yorkshire Post who called it “seriously funny”.

Jacaranda is a co-production with Pentabus – the nation’s leading rural touring theatre – and is a play that explores love, loss, prejudice, race and belonging through a chance meeting of two unlikely strangers on the longest night of the year.  It runs from Thu 4 – Sat 13 November.

To ensure that audiences feel comfortable returning to the theatre, both shows will go on sale with some guaranteed socially distanced performances.  Other performances will be sold initially in socially distanced conditions in bubbles of varying sizes which may be relaxed to full capacity at a later date.  The theatre has also catered for those for whom an in-person visit to the theatre is too soon by announcing a digital on-demand version of Home I’m Darling available to book now and viewable on-demand from Sat 23 – Sat 30 October.

TBTL is proud to be See it Safely approved by Official London Theatre and have received the Visit Britain ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry standard mark.  Strict Covid precautions will be in place to ensure the safety of audiences with enhanced cleaning, ventilation, queueing systems in place and reduced touchpoints. Audiences can also book with confidence knowing that the theatre allows maximum flexibility to exchange or refund your ticket(s) up to 24 hours before the performance. Full details can be found here.

TBTL’s Artistic Director, Liz Stevenson said:

“Our whole team have been immensely touched by the support we’ve received from our community over this period of closure. Whilst we’ve learnt so much from our digital season of work, we’ve also seen how much live theatre has been missed in our region. We’re thrilled to be opening with these two productions, which have been made with some incredible companies and artists from across the country. It’s going to be a very special moment when our doors open for the first time.”

To book tickets for Home I’m Darling or Jacaranda become a Friend of Theatre by the Lake online or via our Box Office for just £20/year and secure your favourite seats at the best prices with 48 hours’ Priority Booking.  Tickets go on general sale on Wed 28 July at 9.30am.  Read more about these events and show times on the theatre’s website.

Audiences can also donate towards Theatre by the Lake’s Reopening Appeal. The theatre has already raised £120k and set a goal to increase that to at least £150k by the time they open their doors this autumn.  A gift of any amount helps the theatre move closer to achieving their goal and can be made online or by contacting the theatre’s Box Office team at 017687 74411.


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