One of the most amazing things about living in Keswick is the Theatre by the Lake.
Some returning guests to Maple Bank were booked in to see several productions in one week and encouraged us to go. Mum and I have now been to two productions and they were absolutely amazing.
In December 2018 we went to see the thriller – Beauty and the The Beast – yes a thriller! And this year we’ve seen Educating Rita with Stephen Tompkinson and Jessica Johnson – which was just fabulous. So lucky to see this touring show with such amazing stars. Stephen Tompkinson is up there with the greats as far as I’m concerned anyway, and so is Jessica Johnson. She had big shoes to fill – for those of us who have only seen the film with Michael Caine and Julie Walters – and boy did she fill them. She absolutely nailed it.
Following our wonderful trips we have now signed up Maple Bank to be Ambassadors of the theatre. This means that Maple Bank guests can get £3 off each ticket when you book at the theatre* – after you’ve booked to stay with us. On receiving a confirmed room booking, I will give you a code which you can quote online or on the telephone when booking your tickets direct with the theatre.
There is also a lovely restaurant by the Lake – Lakeside Cafe Restaurant – where you can enjoy a pre-theatre supper. We’ve eaten there several times now for lunch, coffee and cake, as well as for pre-theatre supper – and the food is lovely. For our last visit, I had the most amazing beef burger and Mum had a lovely starter of mushrooms on bruschetta. If you want to have a table looking out to the Lake then best to book in advance. Either way, the service is fast as they know you’re there for the show.
* Not applicable to some shows; terms and conditions apply – seewww.theatrebythelake.com/terms-and-conditions for details.
Bit more about the Theatre
The theatre, hailed by The Independent as “the most beautifully located and friendly theatre in Britain”, opened in 1999. It’s set a short stroll from Derwentwater on the edge of Keswick, amid the magnificent western fells of the Lake District. It was a permanent replacement for the Blue Box, an mobile theatre created after the Second World War to take plays to towns and cities with no active theatres.
Theatre by the Lake was the last theatre to be built in Britain in the old millennium and the first to be built with the help of money from the national lottery. It has since staged more than 100 plays, commissioned new work, established a reputation for high production values and found a loyal all-year-round audience in the people of Cumbria and visitors to the Lake District.
They have two stages, a 400-seat Main House and 100-seat Studio and present up to nine of their own productions of classic, modern and new plays throughout the year. The theatre also hosts a variety of festivals and visiting companies and is open 52 weeks each year.