Theatre by the Lake
The Theatre by the Lake, which is situated at Lakeside in Keswick with it’s spectacular views across Derwent Water, Borrowdale and the Western Fells, owes it’s origins to the Blue Box Theatre. This was the unique touring venue of Century Theatre, which occupied the site of the current building from 1976 until it was moved to make way for the Theatre by the Lake in 1996.
This is the only new English Regional Producing Theatre to have been built with National Lottery funding. It was opened by the theatre’s President, Dame Judi Dench, and her late husband, Michael Williams, on 14 December 1999.
The Theatre by the Lake consists of a 400 seat main house, newly extended 100 seat studio, coffee shop and bars, two gallery spaces, meeting and conference facilities and a rehearsal room. The core programme is home produced professional drama productions and at least one other production in the Spring of each year. They offer a wide ranging programme of over 600 performances each year.