Theatres in Cumbria

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

The theatres in Cumbria bring a wealth of heritage, creativity and imagination to one of Britain’s loveliest and remotest counties.

Radical thinkers, artistic pioneers and big names have found their inspiration in Cumbria: Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin and William Wordsworth all built a creative life in this stunning setting.

Theatres in Cumbria, such as Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake and the Brewery Arts Centre, build on that exceptional heritage to deliver dynamic and thriving programming.

It’s the intimate theatres, like Rosehill Theatre and The Old Laundry Theatre, and outdoor stages in such breathtaking settings that make Cumbria so special.


Here are our picks

  • 1. Theatre by the Lake

    Theatre by the Lake, Lakeside, Cumbria, Keswick, CA12 5DJ - Visit now

    Just a short stroll from Derwentwater on the edge of Keswick, amid the magnificent western fells of the Lake District, Theatre by the Lake is a purpose-built performance space with a unique history.


  • 2. Brewery Arts Centre

    Image courtesy of Brewery Arts Centre.

    Brewery Arts Centre, 122A Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4HE - Visit now

    The Brewery Arts Centre is the hub of daily cultural life in Kendal, with theatre, cinema, gallery, cafe and bar.

  • 3. The Old Laundry Theatre

    The Old Laundry Theatre, Crag Brow, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3BX - Visit now

    An intimate theatre in Bowness with a varied seasonal programme.

  • 4. Upfront Puppet Theatre

    Upfront Puppet Theatre
    Upfront Puppet Theatre

    Upfront Puppet Theatre, Near Hutton-in-the-Forest, Unthank, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 9TG - Visit now

    Upfront Puppet Theatre is located near Penrith, Cumbria and is one of only four authentic working puppet theatres in England.

  • 5. Rosehill Theatre

    Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven
    Rosehill Theatre

    Rosehill Theatre, Moresby, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 6SE - Visit now

    A cosy theatre, offering a diverse range of arts and entertainment, in an exceptional setting on the outskirts of Whitehaven.

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