Wishing everyone at Theatre by the Lake a great last day on THE EMPEROR & THE NIGHTINGALE. A fabulous production that everyone should be proud of. (Insert sound of large gong here!!). X



18134 The Emperor and the Nightingale new image v5Another lovely review for THE EMPEROR & THE NIGHTINGALE, this time in Egremont2Day: “Composer and music director Richard Atkinson has to be praised along with the actors for the incredible music – all of which was live and performed on stage”.

Many thanks to Ken Powell for his kind words.

You can read the full review here: http://www.egremont2day.co.uk/theatre-review-the-emperor-the-nightingale-at-theatre-by-the-lake/

Christmas in China! (..sort of)

18134 The Emperor and the Nightingale new image v5Rehearsals have started today for the Christmas show at Theatre by the Lake. This year’s production is THE EMPEROR AND THE NIGHTINGALENeil Duffield‘s reworking of the tale by Hans Anderson, set in ancient China. The piece will be performed by 8 talented actor musicians, and features a score written by myself, and which is heavily influenced by traditional Chinese music. Day 1 has consisted of introducing the cast to some of the new instruments they will be tackling, including the Guzheng and the Dizi, and starting to learn some of the songs. We also had a fabulous read through of the script, and got to see the amazing set and costume designs by Martin Johns. Tomorrow will see the start of getting the show on it’s feet with Director Ian Forrest and movement director Bronya Deutsch. If you’re up near the Lakes this Christmas then please feel free to come and catch the show, which previews on Nov 25th, and opens on the 26th: https://www.theatrebythelake.com/production/14733/The-Emperor-The-Nightingale

Theatre by the lake announces 2016 season

TBTLTheatre by the lake, in Keswick, today announced it’s 2016 season. This includes THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE, adapted and directed by Chris Monks, former Artistic Director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, which opens on Sat 26 March and runs until Sat 23 April, and for which I will be writing the music. Monks and Theatre by the Lake have staged a major coup in securing the rights to put on stage a book that topped The Sunday Times best-selling list and has garnered rave reviews. The production will feature puppet sheep and sheepdogs and a locally recruited community chorus of adults and young people.

See more at: http://www.theatrebythelake.com/news/article/2016-season-launched