The Theatre by the Lake which is Cumbria’s only producing theatre – is delighted to announce its eagerly anticipated 2017 season, the first under the leadership of new Artistic Director, Conrad Lynch – marking the theatre’s bold move to being a producer-led venue for the first time. Bursting with World Premieres, Regional Premieres, new collaborations and new writing – this exciting and ambitious programme aims to surprise and delight audiences whilst highlighting Lynch’s ambitions to offer fresh, innovative and memorable theatre for all.
Paying homage to the “great British play” is very much at the heart of Lynch’s inaugural season, kicking off in March 2017 in the main house with the World Premiere of William Wordsworth, a Theatre by the Lake and English Touring Theatre co-production, written by award-winning playwright Nicholas Pierpan.
In the public imagination, the Nature poet William Wordsworth was removed from the cares of the world: he peacefully wandered around the Lake District while penning lines like ‘I wandered lonely as cloud…’ But nothing could be further from the truth. For most of his life, Wordsworth struggled with anxieties over his family, money and finding any kind of stable career while many of his peers rose to ‘success’ and healthy incomes. He was a husband, father, brother and provider and dealt with the daily dilemma between pursuing his art and providing for his family. William Wordsworth is a beautifully written and poignant piece taking place in 1812, when the poet is 41 years of age and these struggles were reaching their peak.
Writer Nicholas Pierpan won the 2013 Off West End Award for Most Promising New Playwright and was nominated for an Evening Standard Award for his play You Can Still Make a Killing. He has also won the Cameron Mackintosh Award for New Writing twice, a Peggy Ramsay Award, was shortlisted for the Yale Drama Prize and has been on attachment with the National Theatre Studio. William Wordsworth will be directed by Michael Oakley who most recently directed Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s The Invisible at the Bush Theatre and Caroline Quentin in The Life and Time of Fanny Hill at Bristol Old Vic.
This opening production also ‘welcomes home’ English Touring Theatre, formerly Century Theatre Company, who will co-create a show for Keswick for the first time since their move to Crewe and then London over twenty years ago.
Of his inaugural theatre programme for Theatre by the Lake 2017, Artistic Director and Chief Executive Conrad Lynch, comments: “It has given me great pleasure to plan the year ahead and curate an innovative and accessible mix of work. We hope to build on the wonderful foundations created by my predecessors, Ian and Patric, by staying loyal to their commitment to produce excellent, accessible and timeless theatre. I am also really excited about developing the theatre’s growing reputation for making work of scale and ambition with artists, collaborators and our Theatre by the Lake team. I hope that my first season will continue to enthuse, entertain, inspire and engage our audiences from all over the world, here in our spectacular rural location on the edge of Derwentwater.”
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