Theatre by the Lake


Lake Road, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5DJ

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Theatre by the Lake is one of the most beautifully situated theatres in the world.  It’s a creative hub for the communities of Cumbria and beyond.  Our two stages are cherished by our town and visitors. So if it’s a great night out you’re after or a chance to channel some creativity, you’re in for a treat when you visit us.

We have a reputation for creating top notch theatre productions, as well as serving our community as a year-round busy arts centre hosting all sorts of different artforms and festivals.

Watch actors at the top of their game on our stages, meet local heroes and national treasures. We’ve work to make you laugh, question, contemplate and cry, and everything in between.

We want every customer to have a comfortable and enjoyable visit. When you book either online or with the Box Office, please advise us of your requirements and we will do everything we can to ensure you have a great experience. The Theatre has level access points as well as options suitable for both wheelchair users and those wishing to transfer, drop counters, a lift and accessible toilets on all floors. The building is now open 60 mins pre-show, for ticket holders only.

At TBTL we offer Captioned, Audio Described (with optional touch tour), BSL and Relaxed Performances for in-person events. For digital events we offer a captions toggle.

Let us know your access requirements. Please sign up to book accessible tickets and to ensure you have a great visit.

Whether you’re watching our shows, visiting our café or dropping in for a workshop, we look forward to seeing you soon, and you can be sure of our famous friendly Cumbrian welcome.

Please see our review by Tim Calvert from A View on Access -

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£12.00 adult
Under 16£12.00 child

If you’d like to book accessible tickets, including wheelchair spaces – you can book them with our friendly Box Office team or you can do this online by completing our access requirements form on our website.

TBTL performances

For performances flagged as ‘Made by TBTL’, lowest available price tickets can be requested by disabled customers for all performances. Patrons who require the help of a personal assistant, carer or companion may request one additional ticket at the same rate.

Non TBTL performances

All patrons who require a personal assistant, carer or companion are eligible for a free ticket. To inform us of your requirements of a personal assistant, carer on companion please select this in ‘Other preferences’ on your TBTL account or contact Box Office.



  • Accessible Lift
  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Picnic area

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups
  • Dogs Accepted - Assistance dogs only
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Wireless internet (WiFi) connection available

Key Features

  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Smoking Areas Available - outside and sheltered areas provided

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • Off site parking
  • On site parking
  • Parking (free) - Blue badge

Payment Methods

  • Accept Bank Transfers, Internet Payment or SWIFT/IBAN
  • Cash Accepted
  • Cheques accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Groups Accepted

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

Travel & Trade

  • Group Discount

Map & Directions

Road Directions

TBTL is positioned in a uniquely beautiful lakeside setting. The lake is called Derwentwater and it’s a ten-minute walk from the centre of the bustling Lake District town of Keswick. Across the road from the theatre is Crow Park from where you can get 360⁰ panoramic views of the mountains that surround the town, along with stunning views down the lake towards the exceptionally beautiful Borrowdale valley.

Driving: Head to Lake Road and Lakeside Car Park.

Directions to TBTL are indicated by brown tourist road signs throughout Keswick. If our carpark is full or closed go to Visit Keswick Parking options.

Car park: Allerdale Borough Council’s Lakeside cark is right next to the Theatre. 

Parking currently has an overnight charge of £1 for parking after 7pm.  During the day, the car park can become very busy (particularly in the summer months) so please allow plenty of time to park. If our carpark is full or closed go to Visit Keswick Parking options.

There are 14 designated disabled parking spaces located at the side of the Theatre on the council run Lakeside Car Park.  Currently Blue Badge holders can park in any bay free of charge for three hours.

Public Transport Directions

The nearest train station (on the West Coast main line) is Penrith, about 17 miles from Keswick. The X5 bus service runs in both directions from Penrith to Keswick every day. Evening services are limited. Check bus timetables before you travel.

Opening Times

* Monday -Saturday 12-7.30 (performance days)
Monday-Saturday 12-5 (non-performance days)
Spotlight bar & cafe: Opens 40 mins before each show until 30 mins after the show

Dates to: Go to our website for current times: