The Emperor and the Nightingale

by Neil Duffield, based on The Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen

Showing 26 November - 14 January 2017 Previews 25 November 2016, 7.00pm


"A triumph of colour, movement and music... the actor-musicians light up the stage with their dancing, singing and playing"

Cumbria Life (Claire Sherwen) - 01 January 2017

“A perfect and enchanting introduction for young future-theatre-goers and a magical time for all the family. I really can’t recommend this production enough.”

Egremont Today (Ken Powell) - 08 December 2016


"This show is visually delicious, with elegant storytelling and strong performances – it is a delicate evocation of a wonderful children’s tale, on solid theatrical ground."

Exeunt Magazine (Joy Martin) - 02 December 2016

Rated 4 out of 5

"A pacy, entertaining Christmas show with outstanding music."

The Stage (Stephen Longstaffe) - 29 November 2016


"It's bold, energetic and colourful, but always remains faithful to the importance of clear and imaginative storytelling. For any youngsters who may be experiencing a formative moment of live theatre, it could not be better."

British Theatre Guide (David Upton) - 29 November 2016


"It was a fantastic finale, full of energy, colour and creativity, intertwined with alluring music and lots of fun."

News & Star (Tracy Walker) - 28 November 2016

"Martin Sarreal and Sally Cheng bring a wonderful, joyful, youthful exuberance to their performance… Theatre by the Lake gets it right!"

BBC Radio Cumbria (Katie Hale) - 27 November 2016

Rated 4 out of 5

"This adaptation has to be one of the best I have seen... it added real humour to the play which had the audience laughing throughout."

North West End (Katie Chesworth) - 26 November 2016


"The best bits of pantomime, blended with the depth of drama from a classic story, musical expertise from the cast and you have the perfect festive production."

Cumbria 24 (Karen Morley-Chesworth) - 26 November 2016