What could be better than enjoying some of the UK’s best new plays, writers, performers and comedians with a backdrop of the stunning Lake District? Well this September, Grasmere is the place to experience just that.
Popping up and plugging in from Thursday September 14th to Sunday 17th, Paines Plough will be bringing their Roundabout theatre to Grasmere. Having had a sold out festival at The Brewery Arts Centre last year, the Grasmere event is set to be the same and has attracted even bigger names to perform.
What looks like an outdoor garden marquee houses a state of the art pop up theatre with seating, lighting, sound and a stage. The location in this Lake District village is In the green opposite Heaton Cooper Studio, Broadgate, Grasmere LA22 9SX.
Offering something for everyone from children to adults look out for Black Mountain a tense psychological thriller by winner of the Harold Pinter Commission, Brad Birch, dry and extremely funny stand-up comedian Alun Cochrane, Sarah McDonald-Hughes’ family-friendly play, How to Be a Kid (4 showings during the event) and Henry Normal one of the UK’s most revered and successful comedy writers and producers. If you don’t know him then how about his co-writing work such as Alan Partridge and The Royle Family and producing for the likes of Uncle and Gavin & Stacey.
Bring a picnic, make a day of it and walk and wander around Grasmere. Grasmere Water is a delightful walk or head up onto the fells where you’ll be able to view the theatre site from above. Enjoy lunch or dinner in one of the restaurants, pubs or cafes in Grasmere Village before heading to your chosen performance.
Where to stay? If you’ve not been to Grasmere before then you’re in for a real treat. There’s lots of places to stay but our tip is Raise View on White Bridge. Lovely rooms with views of Helm Crag, an honesty bar and freshly cooked breakfasts. The quality is confirmed by their recent Superior Award from Cumbria Tourism. Rooms on start from £120 for doubles, £65 for their single room or choose the Silver How suite for a real treat. Visit, http://www.raiseviewuk/ to view rooms and to book.
To purchase tickets and for the complete line up visit https://www.breweryarts.co.uk/theatre/.