Mon 20 Feb 2023

Theatre by the Lake and our commitment to the Planet

Theatre by the Lake has joined with its long-standing printing supplier H&H Reeds to minimise the environmental impact of producing its brochures, leaflets and other printed materials.

H&H Reeds has joined a Woodland Trust scheme ensuring that all of its paper stocks where possible– including that used by Theatre by the Lake – are from sustainable woodlands. In addition, the Woodland Trust will plant new native trees into woodland in the UK, removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and contributing to cleaner air.

According to the Woodland Trust’s figures, the leaflets for Theatre by the Lake’s upcoming production of Around the World in 80 Days will lead to the planting of 31 square metres of new native woodland, removing 2,153kg of carbon dioxide from the air.

The move is part of a wider scheme by the Theatre to reduce its environmental impact. Paper tickets have already been phased out in favour of digital, and any waste printed and paper materials will now be returned to H&H Reeds to be responsibly recycled.

David Jane from Theatre by the Lake explains, “Theatre by the Lake takes our environmental responsibilities extremely seriously, and we are examining all the ways we can reduce our waste and lessen our impact. We are very pleased to be working with our Cumbrian-based printing supplier H&H Reeds to review our approach to brochures and leaflets to ensure, wherever possible, we only ever use sustainable paper stocks and contribute to the replanting of native woodland.”

Theatre by the Lake has a long-standing relationship with Cumbria printer H&H Reeds, who provide the company’s brochures, leaflets, posters and signage.

Gareth Rylands from H&H Reeds comments, “We are proud to have a longstanding relationship with Theatre by the Lake, and being able to offer sustainable and responsible solutions for their print and signage requirements is what we are all about as a business. We will continue to support the theatre as they review their environmental impact and assess their future needs.

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Theatre by the Lake, hailed by The Independent as ‘the most beautifully located and friendly theatre in Britain’, opened in 1999. It is a short stroll from Derwentwater on the edge of Keswick, amid the magnificent western fells of the Lake District, which has recently been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Comprising of two stages, a 400-seat Main House and 100-seat Studio, the theatre presents up to nine of its own productions throughout the year as well as hosting a variety of festivals and visiting companies, playing to over 125,000 people per year. It is the only Arts Council funded producing theatre in Cumbria, generating a further £2.5m through sales and fundraising each year to support work onstage and the provision of inspiring community engagement programmes for people of all ages.  For five years running it has been voted the Most Welcoming Theatre in the North West in the UK Theatre Awards. Theatre by the Lake (as Cumbria Theatre Trust) is a registered charity, number 516673.