Theatre by the Lake

Lakeside, Keswick, CA12 5DJ
Derwent Water

Derwent Water

During your Lake District stay why not enjoy a night of theatre on the shores of Derwent Water? Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake could perhaps be considered a "hidden gem".

Hosting a fabulous selection of shows throughout the year with something for everyone, the theatre is a favourite of locals seeking a polished dramatic performance.

Planning Your Visit

Contact Details:
01768 774 411 / Website
Please see official website
Seasonal Opening:
All Year


The Theatre by the Lake was built in 1999. Long before its creation, however, in 1975 a touring theatre company, Blue Box, who had been regular visitors to the site since their founding after World War 2, made the site the permanent base for their collection of lorries and caravans.

In recognition of the value a theatre building would bring to the town of Keswick, a National Lottery Arts Council grant was awarded and the theatre was the first to be built using National Lottery money.

Things To See

As well as hosting visiting performance companies, the Theatre by the Lake has its own resident company and produces around nine performances a year. A variety of shows are on offer on two stages, including drama, opera, and comedy.

There are also special film screenings, exhibitions, and each Christmas a family friendly show draws in the crowds. In addition, the venue is used for a number of events in the town including the literature, jazz, and mountain festivals.

Useful Information

The theatre has a café bar open each day from 10am with snacks, drinks, and light lunches served, as well as evening meals on performance days.

The theatre is fully accessible for wheelchair users and there are enhanced-hearing and induction loop systems in operation.The theatre is adjacent to a pay and display car.


You can purchase tickets online, by telephone, or in person at the theatre, though advanced booking is recommended.

Group discounts for more than ten people are available and the theatre can provide a group meal for an additional charge to coincide with your chosen performance.


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