Beauty & the Beast

by Laurence Boswell

Showing Fri 23 Nov – Sat 12 Jan

The Performers

Max Gold

Max Gold


Max trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He has travelled widely with his work, including world tours with Kenneth Branagh’s Renaissance Theatre Company and with The Cambridge Theatre Company. In Sweden, recent work has included Jim in Belongings and David in Four Minutes Twelve Seconds (Gothenburg Studio Theatre). He has performed in Frankfurt, as Valmont, in Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

Three years with the Royal Shakespeare Company included: Flight, Sarcophagus, Melons, The Dillen, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth. Max recently played King Lear for Creation Theatre Company. Regional Theatre has included Salisbury, Liverpool and Derby Playhouses; Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh; Theatre Royal, York; Contact and The Royal Exchange, Manchester. In London, he performed with Glenda Jackson in Strange Interlude (Duke of York’s Theatre); Maurice in Dreyfus, at the Kilburn Tricycle and at the Lyric, Hammersmith. He has toured with Shared Experience and Compass Companies.

Numerous TV and film appearances include Dougie Briggs in EastEnders, Grimes in McCallum, Poldark, Endeavour, The Tunnel, and the soon to released feature, Eye of the Beholder. Filming has taken him to India, Taiwan, Czech Republic, Sardinia and Sweden. He is director of Brixton Youth Theatre.

Max loves the Lake District and spent a recent summer holiday in Keswick, climbing Scafell Pike with his wife and two sons. Max’s youngest son saw him play Mad Hatter 10 times, and is hoping to see Beauty & the Beast an equal number, over the Christmas holidays!

Nicola Blackman

Nicola Blackman


Nicola trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In a career that has spanned 47 years she has done nearly everything. From ensemble in the West End to leading roles off Broadway, her own TV series in the UK to her own pilot comedy show in the US. She has, as a backing singer, sung with Ray Charles, Lulu, David Essex, Millicent Martin and Cleo Laine.

She toured the UK with the original productions of The Rocky Horror Show, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Fame and Barnum and was here in Keswick last year with Babe The Sheep Pig playing Fly.

She is an Olivier Award and Time Out Award nominee.

Sarah Moss

Sarah Moss


Sarah studied Double Honours English Literature and Drama at The University of Manchester and went on to train at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in New York.

Theatre includes: June Child in Twentieth Century Boy (No.1 UK Tour); Little Voice in Little Voice (The Theatre Chipping Norton/Greenwich Theatre); Not Now Bernard and Other Monster Stories (Mercury Theatre/Polka Theatre/ UK tour); Aladdin and Cinderella (Mercury Theatre). There’s a Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis(Upstairs at The Gatehouse/ The Momentum Playhouse, Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Noises Off (The Old Vic Theatre, No1 UK tour); Aladdin (Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse); The Lion in Winter (Theatre Royal Haymarket) and They Came To A City (The Southwark Playhouse, The New Actor’s Company).

Film and TV includes: Nice Guy (Red Bike Films); Follow Me (Occasional Films) and Valentine’s Kiss.

Sarah is also a singer-songwriter and her EPs These Full Moons, Where the Siren’s Say, and Untitled are available online. She is thrilled to be working in beautiful Keswick this Christmas!

Charlie Cameron

Charlie Cameron

(Marie Claire)

Charlie trained at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. To the horror of her ballet teachers, she went into musical theatre. Her first job was playing Marty in Grease at Piccadilly Theatre in the West End. Other musical credits include Anybodys in a UK Tour of West Side Story, Florence in Stephen Sondheim’s Saturday Night at The Arts Theatre, and Rowena in Salad Days at Riverside Studios. She made the move to ‘straight’ theatre at the grand age of 22 in The Crucible at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Other theatre credits include First Witch in Kenneth Branagh’s Macbeth (New York, Park Avenue Armory and MIF); Don Juan Comes Back from the War (Finborough/National Theatre); Ophelia in His Wild Imaginings and Soldier in A Soldier’s Tale (LSO St Luke’s/Rough Fiction); Chrissie in Stop (Trafalgar Studios); Tatiana Dressler in Clockwork Canaries at Theatre Royal Plymouth; The Hairy Ape at The Old Vic and she also played Kaja Fosli in The Master Builder at The Old Vic, where she first met the wonderful Eleanor Sutton.

This summer, she was playing Goblin Clay in Disney’s Artemis Fowl directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Voice work for cartoons include Poppy Cat, Angelina Ballerina, Third and Bird and Lisa.

Video games include various characters in Demon Soul and Dragon Age.

She lives on a tiny boat on the River Thames and is delighted to be spending Christmas in one of the most beautiful places in all the world (and quite pleased about having central heating).

Eleanor Sutton

Eleanor Sutton


Eleanor grew up in Macclesfield, but moved to ‘that-there London’ at the age of 17 to train at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She graduated with a First Class BA Hons in Performance and a scarily large student loan.

Since then, her theatre credits include: The Crucible and A Little Night Music (Chester Storyhouse); Amadeus (National Theatre); Future Conditional (The Old Vic); The Master Builder (The Old Vic - alongside the lovely Charlie Cameron!); Windows (Finborough Theatre); As You Like It (UK tour) and King of the F*ckin’ Castle (The Vaults).

Eleanor is delighted to be performing here in this beautiful venue, and her family are glad she is a bit closer to home for Christmas.

Joseph Richardson

Joseph Richardson


Joseph is delighted to be back at Theatre by the Lake having previously been in The Shepherd’s Life in the spring of 2016. Joseph trained at the Guildford School of Acting, graduating in 2013.

Theatre work includes: Brave New World (Creation Theatre); Sunny Afternoon (UK Tour); War Horse (UK, Ireland and South Africa Tour); The Shepherd’s Life (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick); Alice in Wonderland and As You Like It (Guildford Shakespeare Company); Reel Life (St James Theatre Studio, London); Thatcherwrite (Theatre503 and A Little Night Music (Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford).

Joseph is a freelance puppetry practitioner for the National Theatre Learning Department, and has been a visiting tutor teaching puppetry at the Guildford School of Acting, Birmingham School of Acting and Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts as well as the Universities of Lincoln, York, Staffordshire and Lancashire, and Teatrul Tandarica, a puppetry theatre in Bucharest, Romania.

As a Puppetry Consultant, his credits include: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Kilworth House); His Dark Materials (Staffordshire University) and Rufus Longbottom and the Space Rabbit (Filament Theatre).

Gareth Cassidy

Gareth Cassidy


Gareth is beyond chuffed to be back in Keswick and amongst the fells. He was last here for the 2013 Summer Season, during which time he ate his body weight in cake, nearly drowned in Derwentwater and found himself waist deep in a bog near High Seat. He also appeared in ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore, Vincent in Brixton and She Stoops To Conquer.

Other theatre includes Astley’s Astounding Adventures, Treasure Island (New Vic Theatre); The Hobbit, Beauty & the Beast, Hansel & Gretel, A Christmas Carol, The Life And Times Of Mitchell And Kenyon, Pierrepoint, Treasure Island, Peter Pan (The Dukes, Lancaster); Spring And Port Wine (Oldham Coliseum); Cinderella (Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield); Little Shop Of Horrors (Salisbury Playhouse/Colchester Mercury); Around The World In 80 Days (Theatre Chipping Norton & Tour); We Are Three Sisters, Heidi – A Goat’s Tale (Northern Broadsides); Hard Times (Library Theatre Company); The Wild Adventures Of Robin Hood (Sticks Theatre/Square Chapel Halifax); Crying In The Chapel (Contact Theatre); Twelfth Night (Cotton Grass Theatre Company); The Merchant Of Venice, Hamlet (Demi Paradise at Lancaster Castle); Pinocchio(Oldham Children’s Theatre); In The Picture (M6 Theatre Company); A Spectre Calls (JB Shorts); Cell (24:7 Theatre Festival and Library Theatre).

Television: 7 Days That Rocked Elton (Channel 5); Curfew (Sky); The Great Train Robbery (BBC); South Riding (BBC).

Other work includes radio plays for BBC Radio 4 and various audiobooks for Harper Collins.

Gareth trained at Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre.

Jonny Weldon

Jonny Weldon


Jonny trained at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.

Theatre includes: For the RSC: Chiron in Titus Andronicus, A Mad World My Masters (RSC/No.1 English Touring Theatre Tour/The Barbican); Dear Santa (UK Tour); Bruno Jenkins in The Witches (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Kai in the Snow Queen (Royal and Derngate); Peter Pan in Peter Pan (Polka Theatre); And Then The Dark (New Wolsey, Ipswich); Civil Rogues (Edinburgh Fringe and Pleasance London); Edmund in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (Kensington Gardens, 360 Productions); Noah Gellman in Caroline, Or Change (National Theatre); Gavroche in Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre) and Michael Banks in Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre).

TV includes: Doctors, Half Moon Investigations and The Bill.

Films include: Little, Middle East Side Story.

Jonny is delighted to be spending his Christmas performing at Theatre by the Lake!

Ashley Gerlach

Ashley Gerlach


Ashley trained at the Manchester School of Theatre (MMU) and is still pleasantly surprised and eternally grateful to be working.

His theatre credits include: Storylab (Kiln Theatre); Heather (Bush Theatre); Sh!t-Faced Shakespeare’s Hamlet (Edinburgh); Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth (National Theatre); You Forgot The Mince (UK tour); All My Sons (Talawa Theatre Company UK tour); Home Theatre and Dick Whittington (Stratford East); The Nutcracker and The Legend of Captain Crow’s Teeth (Unicorn Theatre); Herons (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Where The Flowers Grow (Warehouse Theatre).

Television credits include: Rock & Chips (BBC); The Bill (ITV); The Midnight Beast (Channel 4).