Lakes Season at York Theatre Royal

Five shows from the summer season at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, are set to transfer to York in November. The Lakes Season will see three Main House and two Studio shows travelling to York for a fantastic two-week theatre extravaganza. 

The company for the season is Thomas Richardson, Theo Fraser Steele, James Duke, Christine Entwisle, Toby Vaughan, Lydea Perkins, Oliver Mott, Alice Imelda, Sarah Kempton and Karen Ascoe. 

Olivier Award-winning writer Jessica Swale, who adapted York Theatre Royal’s summer hit The Secret Garden, turns her attention to Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility in The Lakes Season, which runs at York Theatre Royal from 6 to 17 November.

Olivier award-winning writer Jessica Swale has adapted Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility to open the season from 6th-10th November. The adaptation is set to offer a fresh and funny take on the classic book. The story follows the Dashwood sisters as they are cheated out of their inheritance and banished to a cottage in Devonshire. However, the arrival of a handsome stranger shakes things up.

Next up in the season is Alan Bennett’s Single Spies on 13th and 14th November. It’s award-winning comedy but I’ve seen it before and honestly to this day I have no idea what it’s about. Espionage and spies, I think…

On 16th and 17th November, York Theatre Royal presents Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, a play from the works of P G Wodehouse by the Goodale Brothers. It follows an artistocratic man, Bertie Wooster, and his dutiful valet Jeeves as they go for a weekend away at a country house. When Wooster is called on to play matchmaker, the ever dependable Jeeves steps in to save the day. The show just has three cast members who play a whole host of characters, so it’s going to be a manic but hopefully for all the right reasons. 

A final shows in the Studio complete The Lakes Season. Bold Girls is written by Rona Munro, set in 1991 West Belfast during the Troubles. Marie, Cassie and Nora are trying to get by without their husbands, who have either been locked up or killed, but there’s trouble ahead when a mysterious young woman turns up and disrupts their girls’ night out. 

Tom Bird, York Theatre Royal’s Executive Director, said: “The Lakes Season is an exciting part of our Autumn/Winter season that gives our audience the opportunity to see five top-class productions from another wonderful north of England producing house.” 

It’s so refreshing to see theatres collaborate in this inventive way. Visit the York Theatre Royal website for more information and to book your tickets.

Photograph credited to Robert Day

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