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Theatre by the Lake

Lake Road, Keswick CA12 5DJ, England
+44 17687 74411
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Lacking everything!

The production lacked atmosphere and lost all the tension of the novel. The introduction of a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Robin G
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Cumbria, United Kingdom
Great Expectations

We love this theatre and really enjoyed this production. The staff were very friendly and helpful... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Michael S
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Theatre by the Lake has a setting on the shores of Derwentwater no other professional theatre in Britain can match. Each year it stages up to nine of its own productions of classic, modern and new plays on its two stages and has won multi-starred reviews from national critics. It also hosts festivals of literature, jazz, film and mountains. There are lifts to all levels and wheelchair users can get to all front-of-house and backstage areas. Both auditoria have enhanced-hearing and induction loop systems.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Lake Road, Keswick CA12 5DJ, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The production lacked atmosphere and lost all the tension of the novel. The introduction of a comedy element failed miserably. Dreadful.More

Thank Robin G
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FullResponse, Manager at Theatre by the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello Robin, thanks for your review. I'd love to know which production that you're reviewing - perhaps Tilted Wig and Malvern Theatre's recently running show Great Expectations? If so, i'm sorry that the show wasn't for you. It has received breathtaking praise from national reviewers...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love this theatre and really enjoyed this production. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The play was well done, although our 7 year old fell asleep! We are looking forward to the next time we visit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow what can I say. From start to finish we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The staff were very friendly and the theatre itself is very clean and spacious inside. They have a variety of seating to suit all price ranges. We attended the meta theatre...More

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Reviewed 9 March 2018

Attended to watch my daughter and the many other talented youth in 2018 UDance perform creative and moving stories dance after dance. The theatre is a great size keeping an intimate feel but big enough to hold a good size audience. I was a bit...More

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Reviewed 8 March 2018

This is a lovely theatre and the show was very different from anything we had ever experienced before. The musicians were amazing, particularly the pianist. The role of Nina Simone was powerfully portrayed by Josette Bushell-Mingo of The Lion King fame. The struggles of the...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

The theatre is in a beautiful setting close to Derwentwater; they have a wide range of plays, show and films and is really worth a visit. It is best to book on line in advance as the theatre is very popular. Good parking available which...More

Thank Barbara B
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Reviewed 1 March 2018

If you like lukewarm coffee, this is your place! We called in to show visiting friends the Theatre and it’s lovely situation. It’s a wonderful asset to Keswick, and decided to call in for a coffee and cake. We wondered why it was so empty!...More

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FullResponse, General Manager at Theatre by the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your comments, we're sorry you did not enjoy your visit to our cafe/bar. All comments are noted and used to inform training and future planning of our services.

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Reviewed 27 February 2018

A lovely setting on the shore of Derwentwater, the theatre is an easy stroll from the centre of town. It has a very pleasant café, and offers a small selection of books and various information leaflets. It’s a venue for a range of films and...More

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Reviewed 24 February 2018

Theatre by the Lake is, quite rightly, one of the most iconic venues in the Lake District and one of the most important assets to Keswick. We visited the Spotlight Cafe today and, frankly, wished we had gone elsewhere. Yes, it was clean, tidy and...More

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FullResponse, General Manager at Theatre by the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your comments, we're sorry that you did not enjoy your visit to our cafe/restaurant. We take customer service very seriously and will use your comments to inform our catering partners staff training and development

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Reviewed 16 February 2018

Great experience at the theatre. The Westenders Musical Show was first rate, with a very professional band and superb, accomplished singers....

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Rosie C
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Linda B
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Hi, our website has full details of those shows via our handy calendar, it details which shows are on both those days. You can choose the performances you're interested on and it routes you to find out more about each show... More
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24 March 2017|
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Hello, The theatre announced at last year's festival that they were programming five days of Jazz events from Wed 10 May until Sun 14 May in the absence of anyone coming forward to run the festival in the future. But... More
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