New season of visiting work now on sale at TBTL – dance, drama and family events galore

Ahead of announcing their 2018 programme of in-house shows, Theatre by the Lake is delighted to present their programme of visiting work for February and March 2018, including dance, drama, film and a wide range of half term family events, from some of the UK’s most innovative and exciting touring companies and artists.

Highlights include the smash-hit show Nina – A Story About Me and Nina Simone (27 – 3 March) which comes to Keswick following sell-out shows at London’s Young Vic and the Traverse in Edinburgh, where it received significant acclaim from both critics and audiences, with the Guardian describing the show as ‘a searing tribute’ (★★★★) and TimeOut declaring ‘Josette Bushell-Mingo blows the roof off’ (★★★★). Other must-see shows include Phoenix Dance Theatre’s triple bill Calyx, Windrush and Shadows, a celebration of the arrival of the first Caribbean migrants to the UK, set to an uplifting soundtrack ranging from calypso, jazz and blues, to ska, gospel and reggae (20 February). We’re also excited to welcome back Motionhouse dance company on 7 March with their new multi-media show Charge, which promises to be truly electrifying.

Alongside our two family Christmas productions – The Secret Garden and Snow Play - we have plenty on offer for little ones over the next few months. February half term (10 – 17 February) is jam packed with family shows including A Tiger’s Tale, which tells the true story of a family of acrobats and their adopted tiger cub, Don’t Dribble on the Dragon, featuring magic designed for the show by the much-loved magician Paul Daniels, and The Walrus and the Carpenter, a musical show paired with a craft workshop. We also have family films on offer with the captivating classic Mary Poppins (16 February), and a sing-a-long screening of Beauty and Beast (4 February).

Music favourites such as soul and RnB diva Ruby Turner (2 February) and Bee Gees tribute Jive Talkin (8 February) return to our Main Stage for gigs which are sure to bring the house down, alongside a scintillating line up from Keswick Music Society. Banff Mountain Festival and Keswick Film Festival return once again as well.

First timers to Theatre by the Lake include sitarist Jonathan Mayer who brings us a unique and soulful exploration of Indian classical music on 7 February, and, for musical theatre fans out there, join us on 15 February for a selection of West End hits presented in the World’s Greatest Musicals.

Assistant producer Tess Ellison said: “I’m so looking forward to Spring 2018 at Theatre by the Lake, as we welcome a whole host of exciting theatre, dance and music to our venue. I hope you’ll join us, whether it’s for top quality modern dance from Phoenix Dance or Motionhouse, a night mixing politics and song at Josette Bushell Mingo’s show about Nina Simone, or the interactive Chit Chat Chalk Show for families – or anything else that might whisk away your winter blues.”

Booking is already open, and theatregoers can book by phone on 017687 74411, online at or in person at the Box Office.