Customers Of Theatre By The Lake Can Net Themselves A Bargain

Theatre lovers are advised that time is running out to buy a nine show theatre deal that packages up the year’s work at Theatre by the Lake into a ticket deal that could save them up to 58%* on the full cost of their tickets. 

Theatre by the Lake in Keswick have seen burgeoning sales of show deals since they launched them several years ago. As word of mouth has spread amongst regular theatre attenders, the sales of theatre packages – known as ‘I Love Theatre’ show deals – have exploded and up to 500 nine show packages are sold every year.

This year, the beautiful lakeside venue has packaged together three Spring shows (Hymn to Love, A Streetcar Named Desire and Great Expectations), as well as five Summer Season shows (Main House shows: Jeeves & Wooster, Alan Bennett’s Single Spies, Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility and Studio shows: world premiere show Rails and Rona Munro’s Bold Girls), alongside Christmas show, Beauty and the Beast.

Whilst bookers have to choose their dates for the early Spring shows, the flexible package allows customers to book their Summer and Christmas dates later in the year at a time of their choosing. This year, the nine show deal is only available until tickets for Spring Studio show Hymn to Love are sold out and the production is proving very popular with bookers, so we’d encourage culture enthusiasts to net themselves a bargain and book soon.

One package buyer recently enthused, “Your season tickets are very good value, when you think about how much you’re spending on a ticket – it’s very cheap.”

Those who miss out on the nine show deal need not despair as the theatre also has a seven show deal, which allows customers to choose one show from the trio of Spring shows, coupled with the Summer and Christmas shows. Whilst the percentage saving is best on a nine show deal, the seven still offers customers a saving of up to £113* on the cost of full price tickets.

The first show to open in Theatre by the Lake’s Spring Season is a one-woman play called Hymn to Love – Homage to Piaf that pairs intense drama with electrifying singing. Piaf remains one of France’s most successful singers of all time and one of the great international stars of the 1940s and 50s. Her music was often autobiographical with her singing reflecting her hard upbringing and the great loves and losses of her life.

Hymn to Love centres on one particular incident in Piaf’s life, the death of her lover, Marcel Cerdan, killed in a plane crash on his way to watch her sing. She heard the news of his death whilst rehearsing for the show, but went on stage anyway, dedicating her performance to him: “I’m singing tonight. There’s nothing else. Nothing but singing.”

Charting the incident and its effects through different times in her life, the show interweaves performances of thirteen of Piaf’s songs, creating an emotionally charged and deeply moving piece of theatre. Elizabeth Mansfield takes on the starring role of Piaf and co-devised the show with husband Steve Trafford, who wrote the play and translated the songs from the French.

Mansfield has performed in many leading roles in UK regional theatres and London’s West End, winning an Olivier Award nomination for ‘Best Actress in a Musical’ and ‘Best Actress’ in the UK Theatre Awards for her performance in Marie – The Story of Marie Lloyd. She’s also appeared in several popular TV series over the years including Coronation Street and The Bill.

Playing the role of the Pianist, Patrick Bridgman will be back performing at Theatre by the Lake for his fifteenth production, having appeared in the inaugural season in 1999, as well as more recently in The Emperor and the Nightingale during Christmas 2016. A consummate musician, Patrick trained at Chetham’s School of Music and St. Anne’s College, Oxford before going on pursue an acting career (often with a musical aspect), including frequent visits to Lancaster’s The Dukes, Bolton’s Octagon Theatre and Manchester Library Theatres, as well as numerous national and international tours. He lives in Cockermouth in Cumbria.

The show is co-produced by Theatre by the Lake, York Theatre Royal and Ensemble, and directed by Damian Cruden, York Theatre Royal’s Artistic Director. Following its two and a half week run in Theatre by the Lake’s Studio in Keswick, the show will go on the road, visiting halls and community centres across Cumbria, as well as transferring to York Theatre Royal for a five day run.

Hymn to Love – Homage to Piaf runs at Theatre by the Lake from Fri 23 March until Tue 10 April. For more information on show deals visit To book call Box Office on 017687 74411.

hymn to love.jpg Hymn to Love - Homage to Piaf starring Elizabeth Mansfield (Edith Piaf)
patrick bridgeman.jpg Patrick Bridgman (The Pianist)