Theatre by the Lake is to transfer its entire season of summer shows to the York Theatre Royal for the first time, as part of a pilot aimed at introducing new audiences to the “joys of rep”.
The venue said the move represents a “marked shift of ambition” under artistic director Conrad Lynch, who took up the post in 2016.
All of the five shows that are currently part of Theatre by the Lake’s summer rep season, including Alan Bennett’s Single Spies and Jessica Swale’s adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, will run at the York venue from November 6 to 17.
A company of 10 actors performs the plays in the season, which will be called The Lakes Season when it runs at the York Theatre Royal. The plays will be performed in the York theatre’s main house and studio space.
Lynch said: “York Theatre Royal is a wonderful venue, and, with the resurgence of interest in repertory theatre – highlighted by many including our patron Judi Dench and Ian McKellen – it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to introduce other audiences to the joys of rep.”
The transfer of the season follows the venues’ co-production of Hymn to Love in April, and York Theatre Royal’s remounting of Theatre by the Lake’s Secret Garden.