– Patric Gilchrist, Executive Director, Theatre by the Lake
“The development of the new restaurant and cafe is of vital importance to Theatre by the Lake.
“A great deal has been achieved over the years but we cannot afford to rest on our laurels.
"This proposed development has the potential to create a more secure future for this very important regional theatre.
“We are delighted that the Arts Council has backed the plan to the tune of £400,000 and the fact that they have done so speaks volumes.
"If everything goes according to plan, the new building would open in the summer of 2014.”
A theatre in Keswick has announced plans for a £700,000 redevelopment.
Proposed plans for the Theatre by the Lake centre include a new restaurant and cafe building.
The Arts Council England awarded £400,000 to the creation of the development, which will be erected near to the current site.