the regional premiere of

Guards at the Taj

by Rajiv Joseph

Showing 8 August – 2 November

Creative team

Elizabeth Wright

Elizabeth Wright


Liz is delighted to return to Keswick for the 2019 Summer Season. Some of her favourite past designs for Theatre by the Lake have included Wallflowering, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, The Birthday Party, The Glass Menagerie, Vincent in Brixton, The Shape of Things, Suddenly Last Summer, The Lady of the Lake, The Vertical Hour, Iron and Elektra.

Liz’s other work includes We’re Staying Right Here (Park Theatre for Metal Rabbit Productions); The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists and Rouse Ye Women (Townsend Productions); Herding Cats (Hope Mill Theatre for Play With Fire); The Blue Room, Blithe Spirit, Picnic and Barnbow Canaries (HOME for Manchester School of Theatre); Master of the Macabre (The Vaults, Waterloo); The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Octagon Theatre, Bolton, and Hull Truck Theatre); Queen of the North and Peter Pan (Octagon Theatre, Bolton) and When The Waters Recede, a site-specific production on Derwent Island, Keswick.

She studied at Leeds University, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has a PhD in Theatre Design from Wimbledon College of Art.

Robbie Butler

Robbie Butler

(Lighting Designer)

Robbie trained at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He is an honorary life member of the Association of Lighting designers, has twice been nominated for an Off West End Award for Best Lighting Design and was the winner of the 2015 ETC Award. More at

Theatre Includes: ORAL (Regional Tour); The Crown Dual (Seabright Productions); The Happy Tragedy of Being Woke (Complicité); The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Macron Stadium, Bolton); The Selfish Giant (UK Tour); Down and Out: Live (La Generale, Paris); Lady MacWata (Ghostlight Theatre Co.); Abandoman (Underbelly Productions); For King and Country (Southwark Playhouse); There or Here (Park Theatre); The Wind In The Willows (Core Theatre); Mother Courage and Her Children (Southwark Playhouse); Run The Beast Down (Marlowe Theatre); as well as many productions at the Finborough Theatre, The Old Red Lion Theatre and Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.

Opera Includes: Isabeau (Opera Holland Park); Dialogues Des Carmelites (Guildhall School); Il Trovatore (The Royal Danish Opera and Teatro Real Madrid - Associate); The Enchanted Pig (HGO).

Mark Melville

Mark Melville

(Composer / Sound Designer)

Mark is a composer and sound designer for theatre and film and trained at Leeds
College of Music. His work has been seen across the UK and internationally and
exhibited at the V&A Museum in London, the Prague Quadrennial Theatre Design
Festival and the British Design for Theatre Exhibition.

Recent theatre includes: The Children (Theatre by the Lake); Where Do We Belong (Northern Stage); Flight (Vox Motus/Edinburgh International Festival - included in the New York Times’ ‘Unforgettable Theatre Moments of 2018’); Little Gift (M6 Theatre/ AndyManley); Road (Leeds Playhouse); The Greatest Play in The History of the World (Tara Finney Productions/Royal Exchange); The Manchester Project (Monkeywood Theatre); Where Do We Stand? (Northern Stage); 1984 (Emilia Romagna Teatro); Frankenstein, Wit, Birth (Royal Exchange); Charlie Sonata (Royal Lyceum Theatre); The Destroyed Room (Vanishing Point/Battersea Arts Centre); Human Animals; Violence and Son; God Bless the Child (Royal Court); Yer Granny, Knives in Hens, Miracle Man, Empty, My Shrinking Life (National Theatre of Scotland); Tomorrow (Vanishing Point/Cena Contemporânea Festival, Brazil/ Brighton Festival/Tramway); Dragon (Vox Motus/National Theatre of Scotland); Saturday Night (Vanishing Point/Teatro Nacional Sao Jao, Porto/Teatro San Luis); Mister Holgado (Unicorn); Wonderland (Vanishing Point/Napoli Teatro Festival/ Edinburgh International Festival); The Crucible, A Tender Thing, Hamlet (Dukes Playhouse).

Upcoming work includes: A Little Space (Gecko/Mind The Gap).

Mark is also a frequent collaborator with director, Louie Ingham and a member of the Association of Sound Designers.

Kaitlin Howard

Kaitlin Howard

(Fight Director)

Kaitlin is not only an award-winning actress, but also one of only three women on the Equity Register of Fight Directors. She is a founding and teaching member of The Academy of Performance Combat, has taught in some of the UK’s top drama schools
and has choreographed professional top level fight direction for the last 15 years.

Fight Direction Credits include: A Skull in Connemara and The Effect (Oldham Coliseum); A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Our Country’s Good (The Tobacco Factory, Bristol); Robin Hood (Cast, Doncaster); Romeoand Juliet and Macbeth (The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool); The Little Mermaid (Liverpool Everyman); King Lear, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Comedy of Errors, Cymbeline and Hamlet (Cambridge Shakespeare Festival); Twelfth Night, The Art of Success and The Illusion (HOME, Manchester); Wallop! Mrs Cox (Birmingham Hippodrome); The Comedy of Errors (Greenwich Playhouse); Beauty and the Beast (The Gracie Fields Theatre, Rochdale); Dick Whittington (Lincoln Theatre Royal); Killer Joe (The Comedian’s Theatre Company/The Pleasance Theatre, London); So Awkward Series 3 & 4 (CBBC/Channel X North); Crimewatch (BBC); Clouds (V-PAC Productions); and Blank... (KenMor Films/Caged Films Ltd.).

Kay Magson

Kay Magson

(Casting Director)

Kay was resident Casting Director at West Yorkshire Playhouse for many years, and she is now Casting Associate there. She is also Associate Artist at Curve. Kay regularly casts
for both these theatres as well as for Storyhouse Chester (including Grosvenor Park), Liverpool Everyman, Derby Theatre, Theatr Clwyd, Birmingham Stage Company and
other theatres where she works as a freelance artist.

As a freelancer Kay cast Beautiful Thing (Curve/Arts Theatre/UK Tour); Singin’ In The Rain (West Yorkshire Playhouse/ National Theatre/UK tour); Breakfast At Tiffany’s (Curve, National Tour and West End); Sweeney Todd (Royal Festival Hall) and An Officer And A Gentleman (Curve and National Tour).

Kay is a member of the Casting Directors Guild.

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. That’s when she discovered her love for costume and stage wear.

In 2007, she moved to London after briefly working in the French film industry. She specialised in costume supervising over the last 11 years, keeping a hand in dressmaking and designing. She has worked for some of the most famous and prestigious British institutions, including the English National Opera, the Royal Opera House, and Sadler’s Wells.

Her latest project took her to Ireland for the Wexford Opera Festival, and Maria Stuarda for OperaUpClose. She is really happy to be back at Theatre by the Lake to supervise the Summer Season 2019.