Notes to the editor

Notes to the Editor

Theatre by the Lake is Britain’s most remote producing theatre.

Set in the Lake District on the edge of the small town of Keswick and close to Derwentwater, it produces up to nine plays a year in its Main House (400 seats) and Studio (100 seats).

From May to November, actors come to live in Keswick and appear in six contrasting plays, five of them running in repertory. Three of the plays in Summer 2017 are world premieres.
The theatre also hosts festivals focusing on literature, film, jazz and outdoor pursuits and welcomes touring theatre, music and dance companies. It presents more than 600 performances a year and last year played to 130,000 people.

Theatre by the Lake works closely with schools and young people, offering Artsmark and Arts Award programmes as well as bespoke workshops.

Operating both a Young Company and Elders Company, the theatre tackles issues of rural isolation and helps to enable as many people as possible in our communities to engage with the arts. 

Since opening, Theatre by the Lake has increased annual audiences for theatre in Keswick six-fold, from under 20,000 in the year before opening to over 130,000 annually.
The Theatre has directly created over 100 full time jobs and has indirectly facilitated the creation of a further 200 jobs.