Letter: Moving theatre
Friday 10 September 1999
It was never a group of Portacabins. Its construction is based on a number of ex-RAF trailers. It was never the "Blue Box Theatre". That was the name of local supporters who kept the summer seasons going when the Century Theatre Co (as distinct from the building) ceased to function.
In the late Sixties and early Seventies its Keswick site was near the old bus station, now the site of the Lakes Supermarket. Its last move under its own power took it across town to the lakeside car park where the Theatre by the Lake now stands.
The "Old Lady" was not up to the latest legal requirements for road traffic. Though no longer mobile it's still a working theatre at Snibston Discovery Park, Leicestershire, not far from its birthplace.
Hunter Davies is right about row F ("Have I got views for you", 24 August). I spend quite a few hours on the roof trying to cure it but the gutter over that row just could not cope with Lakeland rain, which has a tendency to fall not in drops but in six-inch cubes.
The Century was certainly unique in that it was totally self-contained, with accommodation, bathroom and kitchen all on wheels and drawn by tractor. But it had many ancestors with wooden sides and canvas roofs, drawn by horses and pushed on carts.
BBC Trust agrees to axe channel from TV in favour of digital moveTV
Final Top Gear reviewTV
FestivalsFive ways to avoid the portable toilets
Jurassic WorldThe results are completely brilliant
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 2 Russian officials ban yoga because it's too much like a religious cult
- 3 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 4 Ginger Pride festival to take place next summer, organisers say 'time of bullying gingers is over'
- 5 Facebook rainbow profile pictures likely being tracked by social network
Glastonbury 2015: The best bits you missed from Lionel Richie and the Dalai Lama to The Libertines' secret set
Glastonbury 2015: The picture of a man crowd surfing in a wheelchair is brilliant, but it wasn't taken at Glastonbury
Fifty Shades of Grey author EL James' Twitter Q&A didn't exactly go as planned
Guillaume Tell gang-rape scene causes uproar at the Royal Opera House
Glastonbury 2015: Shocking scenes of rubbish left strewn across campsite as clean-up begins
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Pentagon accuses Russia of 'playing with fire' over nuclear threats towards Nato
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS