A Keswick theatre company has announced their jam-packed 2022 programme schedule.

Theatre By The Lake (TBTL) will be bringing to the forefront a world premiere, award winning directors, and a record number of collaborations, whilst also re-introducing programmes of work that had been previously cancelled during the pandemic.

Theatre by the Lake’s artistic director, Liz Stevenson, said: “I’m so thrilled to announce our programme for 2022. It feels a long time in the making and a watershed moment as we look to the future after a challenging time for the theatre and our sector.”

The theatre, which has been referred to by The Independent as ‘the most beautifully located and friendly theatre in Britain’, will kick off their main house schedule with a production of Richard Cameron’s The Glee Club in late February – a musical comedy about the tale of five miners.News and Star: Richard Cameron's The Glee Club running from FebruaryRichard Cameron's The Glee Club running from February

Much of the programme listing looks to be emblematic of both nature and ambience, a perfectly suited listing schedule to the backdrop of the western fells of the Lake District.

This idea will be re-emphasised by Liz Richardson’s SWIM (showing on 2 April), a production from a Lake District native about the healing power of nature and outdoor swimming.

The venue will also be showcasing the world premiere of The Climbers by Carmen Nasr, a play characterising the human exploration of mountains combined with the agony that comes with life and death situations.

“I’m absolutely delighted that we’re producing the world premiere of The Climbers, and co-producing SWIM, maintaining our commitment to new writing telling stories that have a connection to our landscape and local communities,” Ms Stevenson said.

News and Star: Liz Richardson's SWIM Liz Richardson's SWIM

“I’m also proud to be partnering with so many fantastic northern theatres and exciting artists to bring top quality theatre to Keswick.

“Our programme of home-produced work will be surrounded by some fantastic visiting productions and special events that celebrate the creativity of our local communities and emerging theatre-makers, and we look forward to revealing more about our plans soon,” she said.

As the year goes on the theatre will also be host to award-winning director Atri Banerjee’s production of Kes, Emma Rice’s version of Brief Encounter, and Mary Norton’s The Borrowers.

“We hope that the new season will bring audiences flocking back to experience the magic of live theatre once again,” Liz said.

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