Theatre by the Lake announce their line-up for 2016

Theatre by the Lake has enjoyed record audiences in2015 (Photo: TBTL)

Theatre by the Lake has enjoyed record audiences in2015 (Photo: TBTL)

by Ken Powell

Theatre by the Lake have enjoyed a fantastic, record-breaking year in 2015 picking up a number of awards including the UK Theatre Awards best performance to Polly Lister for her role in Abigail’s Party, most welcoming theatre in the North West and Large Arts venue of the Year.

2015 also saw record audience attendance since the theatre opened in 1999. Coincidence that Egremont 2Day began regular reviews last year? I think not!

The line-up for 2016 has recently been announced and it looks as interesting and entertaining as the previous year.

Peter Macqueen on The Professor of Adventure, a one-man play he is writing and will be performing (Photo: TBTL)

Peter Macqueen on The Professor of Adventure, a one-man play he is writing and will be performing (Photo: TBTL)

The Professor of Adventure begins on Saturday 19 March and is a one man play based on the life of Cumbrian legend Millican Dalton. Then comes the world premiere of The Shepherd’s Life which opens on Saturday 26 March and is based on the Sunday Times best-seller list book by James Rebanks.

After that we’re into the main Summer season with another varied mix of six plays.

In the Main House, Watch It, Sailor! will provide fun and laughter for all the family as this comedy looks at the antics of a disaster-prone family preparing for a wedding. Dial M for Murder is a well-known gritty thriller about a husband determined to murder his adulterous wife. The Rivals is a superb comedy set in eighteenth century Bath and is the play that gave birth to the word ‘malapropism’ thanks to a certain character famous for mispronounciation.

In the Studio, The Vertical Hour is a play centred around the effect of the Iraq War on the lives of characters. Timely for the world’s political climate currently this is a drama by one of Britain’s finest living writers. Elektra is a classic Greek tragedy about a daughter, corroded by grief, who seeks revenge for the murder of her father. Finally, Iron is a tense, psychological dram set in a prison and concerns the attempts of a mother and daughter trying to break down the many barriers which separate them.

So that’s the line-up and it looks likely that tickets for these plays will go quickly so it’s worth booking as soon as they become available on Monday 4 January 2016. Tickets will also be available at www.theatrebythelake.com or call the box office on 017687 74411.