Book A Room

Blog Menu

Theatre by the Lake Summer season

Theatre by the Lake has to have one of the most breath taking settings of any theatre in the UK; perched on the shores of Derwentwater, a visit to a show is always accompanied by some unforgettable views.

Described by The Telegraph as combining ‘a spot as idyllic as anywhere on Earth, with first class theatrical entertainment’ the theatre puts on six shows over the summer across its two stages. Due to the unique ‘repertory’ system the theatre uses, where one company of actors work across several shows, audiences on a week long holiday can see up to five different shows in that time – and spot the same actors performing in different roles in the different plays.

The shows in the 2018 season are: Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, Single Spies by Alan Bennett, Sense and Sensibility and The Other Place in the Main House, and world premiere production Rails and Bold Girls in the Studio.

We caught up with actor Tom Richardson, one of the Summer Season 18 company, to hear more:

Jeeves and Wooster

What’s special about working at Theatre by the Lake?

The opportunity to work in a repertory system is so magic. Your skills as an actor are really challenged and stretched. The quality of work and production values are so high – plus you get to walk out of the building and be surrounded by the most amazing views.  Coming from London, by being here the clean air itself can only be a massive benefit!

And what’s special about the theatre for audiences?

The plays are so eclectic that there really is something for everyone. If you fancy having a belly laugh, you have that option in the Main House. Or if you want to see some new writing in a more intimate setting you can choose to do that instead in the Studio. And of course, nipping out in the interval to have your ice-cream or drink down by the lake as the sun sets is pretty special – you can’t do that in the West End!

Theatre by the Lake view

Tell us about the plays you’re performing in and the characters you play? 

I’m playing Bertie Wooster in Jeeves & Wooster, famously played by Hugh Laurie in the TV series. He’s an upper class man about town in 1930s London who gets himself into all sorts of scrapes. The play is madcap to say the least and rehearsals are hugely enjoyable! It’s a lot of fun and we are laughing a lot. But also as they say, ‘comedy is a very serious business’ – it requires a very specific set of skills – like working out timings and gags etc.

I’m also playing Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility, and he’s a bit of a tragic hero of sorts, and a supporting role in Single Spies.

You’ve performed at Keswick previously, in the 2016 season. What are your Keswick and Lake District tips for someone who’s visiting the area (other than seeing a show at TBTL)!

Get up a fell! It’s breath taking.

Find out more about Theatre by the Lake and their summer season at www.theatrebythelake.com, or call the Box Office on 017687 74411.

Theatre by the Lake
Theatre by the Lake outside
Jeeves & Wooster production at Theatre by the Lake
Jeeves & Wooster production at Theatre by the Lake
Jeeves & Wooster production at Theatre by the Lake
Jeeves & Wooster production at Theatre by the Lake
Jeeves & Wooster production at Theatre by the Lake
Jeeves & Wooster production at Theatre by the Lake
Rails production at Theatre by the Lake
Rails production at Theatre by the Lake
Rails production at Theatre by the Lake