Theatre By The Lake Keswick

A Midsummer Night's Dream

There is nothing like a good performance to feed the soul. Visitors at Lakeland District can enjoy a show or two while in the area thanks to the Theatre by the Lake. Located by the Lakeside, it will not only feed the soul with beautiful productions but with splendid views as well. It faces Derwentwater, Borrowdale and the Western Fells too.

This year round production and presenting theater started out in 1999 and has since put 5,000 productions on the stage. Each year they put on six plays during the summer season, a major Christmas production and another production during the spring.

Aside from these major productions they also have opera, comedy, music and drama together with four brilliant festivals which visitors can enjoy during their visits. It has a 400 seat main house with a newly extended 100 seat studio.

A coffee shop, bars, gallery spaces, meeting rooms and a rehearsal room complete the building.

Theatre by the Lake is open to the public from 9:30 am until after the evening performances. During non-performance days public areas are open until 5:00 pm and the Box Office is open until 8:00 pm. Getting around is made easy for those with special needs. Wheelchair spaces, adapted toilets, special parking and wheelchairs for transportation are all available in the theatre.

Aside from this, Touch Tours, Captioned Performances, Hearing Headsets and Audio Descriptions are also available. Special schedules for some of these may be set on specific dates.

Guests can also enjoy a delicious meal in the midst of beautiful art works through pre-theatre dinners. These are held from 5 pm onwards and come with sweets and coffee after the meal.

All meals must be reserved at least 24 hours ahead of time. For those who are looking to have some light snacks and lunches the Stalls Bar offers fair-trade coffee, home baked cakes and scones and many more. Wines and spirits are also available at the Circle Bar.

Those looking to stay for more than just a performance will find that there are many accommodations in the area. These range from cottages to bed and breakfast inns as well as hotels.

Many of these accommodations are Ambassadors for the theatre. Guests can get a special discount of 2.00 off on each theatre ticket when they mention the theatre. For more information on what is showing, schedules and other details visit the Theatre by The Lake website.

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