A summer of six beside the Lake

Published: 12 July 2013
Reporter: David Upton

Audiences can see six plays in one week at Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake, when the final two shows open in the summer season.

The final launched in the main house is She Stoops to Conquer, the warm-hearted comedy from the pen of Oliver Goldsmith. The plot turns upon mistaken identities—Charles Marlow goes to visit the young woman his father hopes he will marry, but in the process manages to mistake her father’s house for an inn and her for a barmaid.

Alongside She Stoops is contemporary American drama The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute in the Studio. When nerdy, unattractive Adam meets beautiful art student Evelyn, he’s as surprised as everyone else when she agrees to be his girlfriend. But Adam’s friends are suspicious about Evelyn’s motives.

She Stoops to Conquer opens July 26; The Shape of Things August 2. They will be performed on alternate days, along with the other four plays (See How They Run!, Vincent in Brixton, An Inspector Calls and ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore).