a theatre by the lake production


by Moira Buffini

Showing Fri 16 June – Fri 4 November Previews Thu 15 June, 7.30pm

Creative team

Louie Whitemore

Louie Whitemore


OldVic12 2016 finalist, JMK 2010 finalist. OffWestEnd nominated for Best Costume Designer for The Daughter-in-Law at the Arcola Theatre and Best Set Designer for Tonight at 8.30 at Jermyn Street Theatre, where she is Associate Designer.

For Theatre by the Lake: Creditors and Miss Julie (both also for Jermyn Street Theatre), Handbagged, Single Spies, Bold Girls (also York Theatre Royal).

Other theatre includes: The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson (Park Theatre); Original Death Rabbit, Hound of the Baskervilles, Tonight at 8.30 and Tomorrow at Noon (Jermyn Street Theatre); Lancastrians (Junction 8 theatre North West Tour); Stewart Lee: Content Provider (UK tour and BBC2); Potted Sherlock (Vaudeville/UK tour); Three Birds (Bush/Royal Exchange); Egusi Soup (Soho Theatre); Blythe Spirit (Beijing); Good Soul (Young Vic); The Minotaur, My Father Odysseus (Unicorn); The Daughter-In-Law, The Dog, the Night and the Knife (Arcola); The Winter’s Tale (NAPA Karachi); Lost Land (Jenin, Palestine); Mud (Gate); Shakespeare Untold, The Magic Playroom (UK tour/ Pleasance); I Am A Superhero (Old Vic New Voices at Theatre503); Buttons (King’s Head, Islington).

Opera includes: Messiah (Danish opera, Frankfurt opera); Carmen (Dorset Opera); Banished (Blackheath Halls); The Magic Flute, Carmen, La Bohème, Albert Herring, The Marriage of Figaro (costume design for Co Opera Co).

Dance includes: Nora in the She Persisted Triple Bill (English National Ballet); The Nutcracker (Shanghai Ballet); Angelina Ballerina (English National Ballet); Egle (Lithuania National Ballet); Choreographics, Dance Journeys (English National Ballet at Sadler’s Wells/The Barbican).

Claire Nicolas

Claire Nicolas

(Costume Supervisor)

Claire is a French costume supervisor and costume maker.

She studied Fashion Design in Paris at the Atelier Chardon-Savard, where she learned dressmaking for both women and menswear, and also developed a passion for the history of costume and fashion. That’s when she discovered her love for theatrical costume. In 2007, she moved to London after briefly working in the French film industry.

She has specialised in costume supervision over the last 9 years, keeping a hand in dressmaking and other specialities related to costume such as dyeing, ageing and hand-embellishment.

She has had the chance to work for some of the most famous British institutions, like the English National Opera, Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells, and in the West end. She works extensively across various productions for stage work mainly, but has also worked in film and advertising, and is currently working on large productions as well as smaller scale projects. She is thrilled to enjoy lovely Keswick and to work at the Theatre by the Lake for the 2018 Summer Season.

Giles Thomas

Giles Thomas


Current and forthcoming projects include: Death of a Salesman (Royal & Derngate); The Ugly One (Park Theatre); DYL (Old Red Lion Theatre); Disco Pigs (Trafalgar Studios); Wait Until Dark (UK Tour).

Composer & Sound Design credits include: How My Light is Spent (Theatre by the Lake, Royal Exchange Theatre, Sherman Theatre); Othello (Tobacco Factory); Wish List, YEN
(Royal Exchange Theatre and Royal Court); Contractions (Sheffield Theatres); Correspondence (Old Red Lion Theatre); I See You (Royal Court); Pomona (National Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre & Orange Tree Theatre); Sparks (Old Red Lion Theatre); The Titanic Orchestra, This Will End Badly, Allie (Edinburgh).
Sound Design credits include: A Dark Night in Dalston (Park Theatre); What Shadows (Birmingham Rep); They Drink It In The Congo (Almeida Theatre); The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie (Arcola Theatre, HighTide Festival); Decades (The Brit
School for Performing Arts); The Snow Queen (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton & Royal & Derngate); Orson’s Shadow (Southwark Playhouse).

Associate Sound Designer on: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (National Theatre); Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse & tour); Henry V (Michael Grandage Company, West End); 1984 (West End, UK Tour).

Music Producer on: An Appointment with the Wickerman (National Theatre of Scotland).

Giles was nominated for Best Sound Designer - Offie Awards 2015 - for his work on Pomona.

Chris Davey

Chris Davey

(Lighting Designer)

For Theatre by the Lake, Chris has designed Handbagged and As You Like It. He has designed extensively for the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Shared
Experience Theatre, the Royal Court, Hampstead Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, the Royal Exchange Manchester, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, Citizens Theatre Glasgow, Birmingham Rep and Manchester International Festival.

Designs include Witness for the Prosecution (County Hall, London); The Best Man (Playhouse Theatre, London); Nightfall (Bridge Theatre, London); Rhinoceros (Edinburgh International Festival); Vamos Cuba! (Sadler’s Wells); Sweeney Todd (La Monnaie, Brussels); 42nd Street (Chatelet Theatre, Paris); Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man and Lord of the Flies (Sadler’s Wells, national and international tours); The Driver’s Seat (National Theatre of Scotland); Carlos Acosta’s Classical Selection (London Coliseum, Royal Albert Hall and world tour); Touching the Void, The Crucible, Wonderful Town, The History Boys, High Society, Dr Dolittle and Dial M for Murder (national tours).

Opera includes Madame Butterfly (Oslo); The Magic Flute and Queen Of Spades (Opera North); Romeo et Juliette (Opera Ireland); L’Heure Espagnole, La Voix Humaine and Hippolyte et Aricie (Nationale Reisopera Netherlands); L’Arbore di Diana (Valencia); I Capuleti E I Montecchi (Opera North, Melbourne, Sydney Opera House); Skellig (Sage Gateshead); Aida (Houston); Bird of Night (Royal Opera House London); Bluebeard (Bregenz); Jephtha (Copenhagen / English National Opera/ Welsh National Opera); The Magic Flute and Sweeney Todd (Welsh National Opera); eight seasons for Grange Park Opera; Les Illuminations, The Turn of the Screw and The Rake’s Progress (Aldeburgh Festival) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (Monte Carlo).

Charmian Hoare

Charmian Hoare

(Voice Coach)

Recent theatre credits include: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mosquitoes, Barber Shop Chronicles, The Deep Blue Sea, The Plough and the Stars, Peter Pan, Ugly Lies the Bone, The Consent, Angels in America, Pinocchio, Network,
John, The Great Wave, Absolute Hell (National Theatre); Forty Years On, Fiddler on the Roof, Quiz and Present Laughter (Chichester Festival Theatre); Road (Royal Court); Frost/ Nixon (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); Luna Gale and Rabbit Hole (Hampstead Theatre); The Hook and The Herbal Bed (Northampton Royal and Derngate); Million Dollar Quartet (Regional Tour); Made in Dagenham (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch); Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); The Treatment and Against (Almeida Theatre); Welcome Home Captain Fox, One Night in Miami (Donmar Warehouse); Abigail’s Party, While the Sun Shines, Talking Heads, Half a Life (Theatre Royal, Bath); William Wordsworth and Handbagged (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick); Playhouse Creatures and The Kitchen Sink (New Vic Theatre, Stoke on Trent); Jekyll and Hyde (National Tour).

She is also a member of the Voice Department at the National Theatre and trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Ellie Collyer-Bristow

Ellie Collyer-Bristow

(Casting Director)

Ellie is delighted to be casting the 2017 season for Theatre by the Lake. Other current projects include a new musical about Dusty Springfield for Eleanor Lloyd Productions and the UK tour of Wait Until Dark.

Other recent credits include: Madame Rubinstein (Park Theatre); A Lie of the Mind (Southwark Playhouse); Dirty Great Love Story (Arts Theatre); Fool for Love (Found 111); The Wind in the Willows (Theatre Royal Plymouth, Lowry, Mayflower and London Palladium); Much Ado About Nothing (ReFASHIONed Theatre at Selfridges for The Faction); French Without Tears (Orange Tree/English Touring Theatre and UK tour); Night Must Fall (Salisbury Playhouse/Original Theatre Company and UK tour); Sideways (St. James Theatre); Gaslight (Ed Mirvish Toronto); The Glass Menagerie (Nuffield Southampton Theatre); Dancing at Lughnasa (Lyric Theatre Belfast); Handbagged (Eleanor Lloyd Productions and UK tour); The Gathered Leaves (Park Theatre); Arcadia (English Touring Theatre and UK tour); Told Look Younger (Jermyn Street Theatre); Eldorado (Arcola Theatre); Tape (Trafalgar Studios); Blue Remembered Hills, Playhouse Creatures, Fred's Diner (Chichester Festival Theatre), Four Nights In Knaresborough (Southwark Playhouse); Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be and Bernarda Alba (Union Theatre); This Is How It Goes and A Christmas Carol (King’s Head Theatre).

Ellie previously worked as Casting Associate for the Ambassador Theatre Group.

Siân Williams

Siân Williams

(Movement Director)

Founded The Kosh dance theatre company with Michael Merwitzer.

Choreography includes: The Messiah (Birmingham Rep & Tour); Troilus and Cressida (RSC); Hamlet, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe) Handbagged, As You Like It, The Secret Garden, Sense and Sensibility (Theatre by the Lake); Room (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Powerplay (Hampton Court); The Taming Of The Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe Education); Dedication (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton); Pride and Prejudice (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); The Night Watch (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); Singin’ In The Rain (Bolton Octagon/ Salisbury Playhouse/ New Vic Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Play for the Nation, Wolf Hall, Bring Up The Bodies, The Mouse and His Child (RSC); I Am Thomas (Told By An Idiot/ Scottish National Theatre); Kate Bush’s concerts Before the Dawn (Hammersmith Apollo); Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2 (Winter Gardens Theatre, New York for RSC/ Playful Productions); Wolf Hall (BBC2 TV); The Knight of the Burning Pestle, The Changeling, Romeo and Juliet tour; Hamlet Globe to Globe Tour; As You Like It, Measure for Measure, Heresy of Love, Pericles, The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe); Ben Hur (Tricycle Theatre / Fiery Angel); My People (Theatre Clwyd / Invertigo Theatre Company); Merry Wives of Windsor (Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre); Twelfth Night, Richard III (Belasco Theatre, New York for Sonia Friedman Productions/Shakespeare’s Globe); Eternal Love, Anne Boleyn (English Touring Theatre); Oh! What a Lovely War (Northern Stage); Cafe Chaos, The Storeroom (The Kosh).

Kash Arshad

Kash Arshad

(Assistant Director)

Kash is the Trainee Artistic Director at Freedom Studios, Bradford. Most recently he directed Lisa Holdsworth’s adaptation of Adelle Stripe’s novel, Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile about Bradford Playwright Andrea Dunbar for Freedom Studios.

He is thrilled to be directing Guards at the Taj for Theatre by the Lake’s Summer Season. Recent directing credits include Airplays (Leeds Playhouse); We Are Ninja Division (Slung Low Shorts); The Tempest (ALRA North); Selfies Kill More People Than Sharks and Making Love (Rogue Bones); Memories of Partition (Manchester Royal Exchange); Free Fall (Rogue Bones); The Big Reveal (Abooo Theatre) and Street Voices (Freedom Studios).

He was Associate Director on When We Were Brothers and North Country (Freedom Studios) and Assistant Director on Threepenny Opera (Octagon Bolton, dir. David Thacker); Handbagged (Theatre by the Lake, dir. Liz Stevenson); ChipShop The Musical(Freedom Studios/Octagon Bolton dir. Ben Occhipinti) and Assistant Trainee Director on Romeo and Juliet (West Yorkshire Playhouse, dir. Amy Leach).

He is also co-artistic director of Rogue Bones Theatre, 2018/19 Associate Company with Oldham Coliseum.