Cate is excited to be returning to Theatre by the Lake, and her family are excited too about this excuse for taking breaks in such a beautiful spot! Cate made her professional debut here in last year’s production of Rogue Herries after graduating from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Since then she has played a 1940s WAAF in Amanda Whittington’s The Dug Out at the Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, a put-upon teacher in the feature film Boom Town, a shifty spy in 1960s Berlin in feature film Gentlemen, and a grieving young woman in the emotional short film Beneath the Tides. Cate also writes, and has co-written and produced a short film that will go into production next year. Her main aims for this season are to remember to play the right part in the right play, to reach the top of Scafell Pike, and to successfully consume an entire cow pie at The George. Training for the last has already begun…
(An Abbess/A Merchant)
Having been rained upon daily during The Firework- Maker’s Daughter, Laura is looking forward to a bit of sun, pretty please! Theatre credits include: My Family and Other Animals (York Theatre Royal); The Canterbury Tales (Northern Broadsides); Oliver Twist (Bolton Octagon); Major Barbara (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Ghost Sonata (People Show); The Turn of the Screw (Ipswich); Blood Wedding (Colchester); Ballad of Wolves, Dimetos, The Crimson Island (Gate Theatre); (Uncle) Vanya (Wrestling School); and seasons at Leeds, Leicester, Derby, Sheffield, the Young Vic, Bristol and many many more. TV includes: Holby City, Waking the Dead, Silent Witness, Most Mysterious Murders, Doctors, The Cater Street Hangman, Maigret, One Foot in the Grave and The Bill – lots of times! Film includes: Internal, The Visitors, The Calling, The Krays, The Fool and Little Dorrit. Laura played second trombone in the Gislingham Village Silver Band for a couple of years and divides her time between Norfolk and London with one chicken (the rest died, as they do!), two cats and an Irish man who tidies up and clears surfaces after her and is generally marvellous. Thank you!
(Antipholus of Ephesus)
Henry trained at Rose Bruford and was a winner of the 2010 BBC Carleton Hobbs award. Before training to become an actor, Henry spent time pursuing a career as a professional wrestler. He even moved to Louisville, Kentucky to join a wrestling school. The first play Henry remembers seeing that really inspired him was a production of The Cherry Orchard at the Sheffield Crucible, staring Joanna Lumley. He is very excited to be working in Keswick as part of a repertory company, as he feels it is a learning experience that you won’t find anywhere else. He is especially intrigued to play the role of Jonathan Harker in Dracula, as he recently played a version of the character in a radio adaptation of the classic silent movie Nosferatu. Theatre credits: Bedroom Farce, Hay Fever (Oldham Coliseum); Beauty and the Beast, The Schoolmistress (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); The Long Life and Great Good Fortune of John Clare (Eastern Angles). Radio credits include: Sense and Sensibility, Nosferatu, The Chrysalids, I Claudius (BBC).
(Dromio of Syracuse)
Theatre includes: The Hartlepool Monkey (Fuel Theatre); Down The Dock Road (Royal Court, Liverpool); Playing For Time (Sheffield Crucible); The Comedy of Errors, Seeing the Lights, The Winterling, A Doll’s House, Dry Rot, Great Expectations (Theatre by the Lake); Travels With My Aunt (Northampton); Donkey’s Years, The Lady in the Van(Salisbury Playhouse); Remember This, Machinal, Ice (National Theatre); Salome, Hamlet, Frankenstein, Macbeth, Richard III, The Crucible, The Trials of Oscar Wilde (Glasgow Citizens); Inconceivable (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Waiting For Godot, The Critic, The Dispute (Royal Exchange); The Importance of Being Earnest, The Winter’s Tale, Twelfth Night, The Wizard of Oz (Duke’s Lancaster); Calamity Jane, The Rocky Horror Show (Leicester); Dr Faustus (Contact, Manchester); Measure for Measure (Chester); That Time Catastrophe (Quiet Theatre).
TV includes: Damned (C4); Breathless (ITV); Coronation Street (ITV); Doctors (BBC); Miranda (BBC); Phoenix Nights (BBC); Holby City (BBC); Daniel in Oktober (ITV); The Way We Live Now (BBC); The Bill (Thames); Scavengers (ITV); The Troma Basement(Bravo); Brookside (C4); Grange Hill (BBC); The Firm (ITV); Fun at the Funeral Parlour (BBC); Harry Harvey in EastEnders.
Film: The Shouting Men and Cheese Makes You Dream.
Radio includes: The Spring Sonata, The Death of Federico Garcia Lorca, Death Comes Staccato, Shirley, Machinal, The Book of Shadows.
After her celebrated appearance judging 'Best Woof' at the Keswick Dog Show in 2014, Jennifer is delighted to be returning to Keswick, and can’t wait to get up those fells and
in the lake (though she might need to upgrade her wetsuit first).
Jennifer was the winner of a Laurence Olivier bursary whilst training at the Birmingham School of Acting and her theatre credits include: Future Conditional (Old Vic); Abyss (Arcola); The Winterling, Dracula, The Comedy of Errors, The Railway Children (Theatre by the Lake); Molesworth (Frinton).
(Dromio of Ephesus)
Chris trained at Manchester Metropolitan University School of Theatre. He is delighted to be returning to Theatre by the Lake after appearing in the 2012 Summer Season in Dry Rot, Great Expectations and Bedroom Farce. Theatre includes: Crash of the Elysium (Punchdrunk); The Marriage of Figaro, Hobson’s Choice, Antony and Cleopatra, She Stoops to Conquer, The Miser (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Bouncers (John Godber Company); Schweyk in The Second World War (Library Theatre, Manchester); Blood Wedding (Liverpool Playhouse); Innocence (Arcola); Travels With My Aunt, Cinderella (Oldham Coliseum); Billy Liar (Middle Ground); My Last Car (Warwick Arts Centre); I Love Vinegar Vera, Wall Talks, The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol (Cut to the Chase). Also several pantomimes for Theatre Royal Wakefield including last year’s Jack and the Beanstalk, which Chris also wrote. Television includes two series of Topsy and Tim, currently showing on CBeebies. Also two series of Lunch Monkeys (BBC3); Citizen Khan, The Wrong Door, The Site, Mark’s Brilliant Blog, The Battle of the Somme, Doctors (BBC); Coronation Street, The Forsyte Saga (ITV); Bedlam, Mount Pleasant (Sky); No Angels (C4); Lifeskills (E4).
(Antipholus of Syracuse)
Bryn trained at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) and is delighted to be joining the company this season. He is all kitted out for a fabulous summer of walking in the lakes and is looking forward to getting lost (metaphorically not literally, we hope) in this incredible landscape. This summer will be his second appearance in a production of Dracula – his first was playing the title role in a primary school production aged 10. Perhaps that is where his thirst for performing came from. His theatre credits include: A Christmas Carol (New Vic Theatre); The Nutcracker Prince (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); Hot Air (Tobacco Factory, Bristol); As You Like It (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Romeo and Juliet (Pilot Theatre/York Theatre Royal); The Mystery of Jack and the Clones of Chaos (Pilot Theatre/International tour); The Seven Ages of Man (RSC); Echoes (Liverpool Everyman); The Tempest, Adventures of Pinocchio, Little Hope (Point Theatre, Eastleigh); Clybourne Park (Haugesund Theatre, Norway); Platform 13 (Theatre Royal, Plymouth); Les Misérables Le Panto (Oddsocks Productions, UK tour).
This is Katie’s first season at Theatre by the Lake and first time in the Lake District, but as it’s the setting of her favourite film, Withnail and I, she already feels like she knows it really well. She is looking forward to rampaging with bulls in fields, acting outlandishly in a Penrith tearoom and screaming bitterly to her agent from a telephone box. A writer and comedian, Katie is part of duo, Norris & Parker. They performed at the Edinburgh, Manchester and Camden Fringe Festivals last year, and most recently The Lowry with their sketch and character comedy show. Other theatre credits: Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Halle, Bridgwater Hall); The Demolition Man (Bolton Octagon); Doctor Faustus (Royal Exchange, Manchester). Katie trained at Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre, where she was nominated for the Spotlight Prize and Carleton Hobbs Award.
Peter is delighted to return to Keswick for his fifth Summer Season.
He was a member of the inaugural TBTL Company in 1999, performing in Charley’s Aunt, Two and A Christmas Carol. He is so pleased to back this year to be part of Ian Forrest’s and Martin Johns’ last season at the theatre. Favourite roles in over 22 productions at TBTL include Hector in The History Boys, Alan Bennett 2 in The Lady in the Van, Van Helsing in Dracula, Egeon in The Comedy of Errors, Badger in The Wind in the Willows, The Old Gentleman in The Railway Children, Fancourt-Babberley in Charley’s Aunt and The Landlord in Two.
Other highlights from a long career in theatre include Tartuffe and Richard II (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); David Copperfield(West Yorkshire Playhouse); Donkeys’ Years (Salisbury Playhouse); My Night with Reg (Manchester Library); Blue Remembered Hills (Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham) and How High is Up? (Theatre Centre Tour). Recent TV and film includes Peaky Blinders 3, Emmerdale (ITV) and Hamlin (BYFA). As a simulated patient for medical/psychology role play he has had almost every illness and ailment but has lived to tell the tale!
Alan trained at the Central School of Speech & Drama and has appeared in many theatre productions in London, including with Red Channel, the Arcola Theatre, Paper Thin, Kali Theatre Co., Drowned Princess, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Immigration Monologues and Southwark Playhouse. Film and TV credits include: Mother’s Journey, Touch Me Pink Hear Me Blue, The Providence, Wimbledon, London’s Burning. When not performing, Alan is a Professional Communications Skills Simulated patient for all the major medical schools in London. To date he has played potentially every illness, from simple coughs to severe psychological disorders. Alan is a keen fitness fanatic, enjoying the gym, cycling and badminton. He’s also a dog lover and is the proud owner of an eccentric chocolate Labrador. Alan’s only memory of the Lake District is a family holiday when he was 9 years old, when he and his family became stranded on a mountain ledge overlooking a sheer drop. Hopefully this visit will be exciting in a different way! He is thrilled to be part of the company, this being his first season in Keswick.
Matthew is thrilled to be back once again at Theatre by the Lake, where he last appeared in Noises Off, Dumb Show, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Lonesome West and The Importance of Being Earnest. Other theatre work includes: Very Little Women (Lip Service Theatre Company); The Memory Of Water (Library Theatre, Manchester); Blood and Roses (Trestle Theatre Company); The Importance of Being Earnest (Lip Service/The Palace Watford); Fastest Clock In The Universe, The Suicide, Mowgli’s Jungle, Macbeth, La Mandragola, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Pitchfork Disney, Hysteria, The Importance Of Being Earnest (Octagon Theatre, Bolton); A Passionate Woman (Oldham Coliseum/Redgrave Theatre, Farnham); Macbeth (Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford); The Public (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Tibetan Inroads/The New House (Arts Theatre London); The Way to Go Home (Royal Court); Hiawatha (Cleveland Theatre Company). Matthew’s television credits include Michael Feldmann in Emmerdale, Ian Griffiths in Underworld (History Channel), Dave in Sugar Rush (Channel 4/Shine), Crimestrike (Steelbank Films), The Final Frame (Kinesis/Channel 4), Gary in Missing Person (Yorkshire Television).