Autumn at the Lakeside Theatre: LOADS happening

The autumn schedule for The Lakeside Theatre at the University of Essex has been published.

Actually it’s been available for the past week or so now, but we’re playing catch up. We’ve already missed a couple of shows that looked half decent.

Hey hoe.

A clickety click over here for a pdf copy of the autumn schedule should ensure that you don’t miss out.

Isn’t the modern interweb ACE?


About those shows.

As ever it is a superb mix of the homegrown, touring productions and BIG HITTER live screenings from the top London shows.

Plus panto.

ALWAYS panto when we hit the run in to the end of year at The Lakeside.

It’s impossible to capture all the highlights with the self-imposed deadline of bashing this out before the cup of tea on our desk goes cold.

Some personal recommendations:

15 November: Ventoux

Ventoux is the most fearsome mountain encountered on the Tour de France. It is also the story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani – whose drug-fuelled race there in 2000 was the greatest cycling had ever seen.

We’re sure that it will be wonderful. But the trick might have been missed of staging some immersive theatre and recreating the race up the Col du Boundary Road.

22 November: To Hell in a Handbag

This is the play behind a play:

While others are preoccupied with cucumber sandwiches and railway cloakrooms, two minor characters from The Importance of Being Earnest are up to their necks in something else.

It sounds a little like Knots Landing [look it up] comes to The Lakeside.

And as for the BIG HITTERS?

The National Theatre’s Madness of King George III will be screened live on 20 November, as will Anthony and Cleopatra on 6 November .

If shows are more your kind of thing then Funny Girl The Musical is screened live on 24 October, with The King and I from The London Palladium on 29 November.

There’s LOADS of other stuff taking place. Every Friday evening during term time is The Hook:

Musicians, poets, spoken word artists and live performers – come and take the spotlight!

Plus Saturday is all about the young people of Sunny Colch:

Our workshops are led by theatre-makers and drama students who support participants to get creative in small groups and come together to share ideas.

We love The Lakeside. We don’t go often enough.

It’s a carbuncle of a theatre that holds so much beauty within.


One thought on “Autumn at the Lakeside Theatre: LOADS happening

  • 19th October 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Some of us attending Ventoux will be staging our own tribute, with a ride up Boundary Road in the hour prior to the show. Supporters welcome!

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