Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere

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Theater · Concert / Show
The Old Laundry Theatre is a 270 seat theatre-in-the-round situated in Bowness-on-Windermere, and a thriving cultural hub for residents and visitors to the Lake District. Over the past two decades, the Old Laundry has welcomed a host of famous names from Alan Carr and Jenny Eclair to Victoria Wood and Sue Perkins. And along with an impressive star-studded list of trustees, husband and wife Roger Glossop and Charlotte Scott name one of the country’s most famous playwrights as the inspiration behind the theatre’s creation: “We wouldn’t be where we are now without Alan Ayckbourn’s support, he gave us the confidence to open the theatre and its success is down to him”.

Every season, since the Theatre opened in 1992, the theatre has hosted Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s latest play on its world premier tour straight from Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre. The Theatre has also built an enduring relationship with The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) who bring their graduating student shows each year to the Lake District stage. Classical music, comedy, spoken word and film are also part of the annual programme of events creating a lively and professional season.
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  • This small theater gets you close to the performance and creates an intimate atmosphere, particularly when the set up in the 'in the round configuration'. A great place for Ayckbourn plays. There are....  more »
  • Went to see this production and it was very good. The stars for me were the actress playing Belinda and the Doctor but all the actors were very good. Nice theatre but it did get very hot during the.....  more »
  • Just enjoyed an amazing performance of 'Tell Me on a Sunday'. Great set, brilliant singing. The venue is small but that draws you into the performance, when you can see the smallest expression on an actor's face.
  • We took our 2 half Dutch granddaughters who love the Beatrix Potter stories, fantastic, we and they absolutely loved it. Couldn't fault anything. We saw the show, the exhibition and the tea with Peter Rabbit, all brilliant.
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