[A]head of 2017’s Spring and Summer Season announcement, Theatre by the Lake is to present their upcoming season of visiting work from some of the UK’s most innovative and exciting touring companies and artists. The eclectic season of music, comedy, films, theatre and family events runs from December 2016 to May 2017 and has something to tempt all tastes and ages.
Highlights include Silver Lining by writer and presenter Sandi Toksvig, a hilarious new comedy about five elderly ladies in the Silver Retirement Home, trading stories about their remarkable lives as flood waters rise. Other must-see theatre includes I Was a Wife, written and performed by Theatre by the Lake regular Polly Lister (winner of 2015’s UK Theatre Award for Best Actress for her role in TBTL’s Abigail’s Party), and Old Herbaceous and Professor of Adventure both starring Peter MacQueen and which return to the Studio after delighting audiences in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
Alongside our two family Christmas productions – The Emperor & the Nightingale and The Secret Life of Suitcases – we have plenty on offer for little ones over the next few months.
The much-loved children’s book Babe is brought to the Main House stage in February half term, alongside the quirkily charming Mavis Sparkle which plays in the Studio. And there’s another chance to catch the locally filmed Swallows & Amazons for anyone who missed it first time round.
Favourites such as Opera Della Luna, The Manfreds and The Lancashire Hotpots return to our Main Stage, alongside a scintillating line up from Keswick Music Society and annual productions from local theatre groups and choirs including KAOS, Committed to Rock and Keswick Theatre Club in a celebration of local talent. Banff Mountain Festival and Keswick Film Festival return once again as well as the ever-popular Words by the Water festival (the full line up of which will be announced in January when it also goes on sale).
First timers to Theatre by the Lake include jazz maestro Joe Stilgoe with a stylish tribute to the greatest and best loved films of the twentieth century, comedian Susan Calman with her stand-up show ‘The Calman before the Storm’, and David Scheel with his hilarious send-up of the classical music world in ‘Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Piano Player’.
“Whether you’re a theatre, music or film fan, we hope there’s plenty to tempt you in this varied season,” said Tess Ellison, Assistant Producer at Theatre by the Lake. “We’re excited to be welcoming back some familiar faces, as well introducing some fabulous new acts and theatre companies, and are particularly thrilled to be presenting the world premiere tour of Sandi Toksvig’s comedy Silver Lining which is sure to be high in demand so we recommend booking soon.”
Booking is already open, and theatregoers can book by phone on 017687 74411, online at www.theatrebythelake.com or in person at the Box Office.