Guide to the Lakes

An Operatic Picnic & Travel Guide

31 Jul to 30 Aug

Full Price: £15 | Affordable: £5 | Online: £1 plus optional donation
Produced and presented by Story Tree

Music: Lente Verelst and Hans Vercauteren
Words: William Wordsworth and Dorothee Wordsworth, dramatised by Hans Vercauteren and Charles Sobry

On Stage - Live Performance: 7:30pm - 8:10pm, 31 July, £15/£5

Live Online - Interactive Broadcast: 7:50pm - 8:55pm, 2 August, £1

On Demand - Interactive Broadcast Recording: 2 August - 30 August, £1

Guide to the Lakes is a theatrical picnic and a new music theatre piece by Story Tree.

Composers (and partners) Lente Verelst and Hans Vercauteren each wrote a brand new set of songs, performed by a musical trio, that will guide you through points of view, excursions, picnics, wandering thoughts, riddles and impressions that will be scarcely ever effaced.

Based on William Wordsworth’s Guide to the Lakes, this show is a staged tourist guide where actor Charles Sobry takes on the role of guide and sometimes even of Wordsworth himself. With trivial introductions, frivolous afterthoughts and some delightful poems he escorts you through the romantic ideas of the awe-inspiring Lake District.

In times where travelling is complicated, this show about travel is as healthy for you as the air in the Lake District.

The interactive broadcast includes a Q&A with the cast and creative team, and perhaps even some riddles.

Age range: all ages, but mostly adults

We ask our audiences to stay home if there is any risk of infection, and to stick to one metre social distancing at all times. 

We continue to:

  • Reduce the number of people using spaces in the building
  • Maintain COVID safe cleaning regimes   
  • Make available bottles of hand sanitiser and wipes throughout the building
  • Open all the doors and windows to aid air-flow and fill the place with potted plants that cheer us all up (and calm us all down).

For this show we are keeping managed social distancing in place. 

We also request that everyone wear a mask when moving around the building, wash their hands often and practice self-distancing. Our companies and audiences will include Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people. We want everyone to feel and be safe.

  • You will be asked to queue outside in your bubbles, so wear weather-relevant clothes and let us know if you or anyone you know has a mobility or standing difficulty by emailing the Box Office.   
  • We will check you in on arrival. You may be asked for ID so please have some handy. 
  • We will show you straight into the auditorium - unless you need to use the facilities - where you will be seated in your bubbles
  • There will be one way systems in place.  Our gorgeous stewards will guide you and show you how to leave should you need to.
  •  In the auditorium, another gorgeous steward will check our seating plan and show you to your seat(s). Like in a restaurant. 


We will be running a normal bar service with extra tables for your drinking comfort.


For more information on how things work, have a look at our dedicated Covid:19 page.