poster by the lakeA compelling dramatisation of Melvyn Bragg’s novel ‘The Maid of Buttermere’ has opened at the Theatre by the Lake.

This is a sumptuous adaption of a true story local to the Cumbrian hills. A young maid, Mary Robinson, has become an attraction for visitors to the town of Butteremere. An inn keepers daughter, she is swept of her feet by someone she believes to be both an aristocrat and Member of Parliament.

The director Ian Forrest weaves a well balanced blend between both professional and amateur actors. A large group from the Keswick community chorus lay an affectionate back drop for all involved. The leads played by Jonathan Keeble and Rebecca Pownall hold true to the passion of the story offering the audience up to both laughter and tears.

The Theatre sets the scene so well for this play, being able to see the dramatic backdrops of Derwent water and the surrounding mountains. I can highly recommend a trip to the area of Keswick both for it’s natural beauty and for the chance to see the world premiere of this play. A good place to start is on the theatre’s website: www.theatrebythelake.co.uk

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