Pickled Image Theatre brings a festive treat for children to the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal as Christmas Tales with Granddad delights the young audience, writes Karen Morley-Chesworth.

The puppetry is life-size and believable - and very engaging. The children in the audience shrieked with laughter at the snoring, and trumps from the sleeping Granddad on stage.

She is a household name who revolutionised the way middle class women managed their homes, yet the truth of Mrs Beeton’s own domestic setting were far from perfect, as Alison Neil brings to life onstage in her own one-woman show, writes Karen Morley-Chesworth.

You know Christmas has really started when you see your first performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol - however, this year's production at Theatre by the Lake gives a completely new approach to the tale that kicked off Christmas as we know it today.

The Queen of Countdown's Dictionary Corner, Susie Dent delighted a full house at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal - and shocked many with her love of American English, writes Karen Morley-Chesworth.

The original horror movie came back to haunt a new audience at Appleby Public Hall as Bristol-based four-piece, Minima accompanied the classic 1922 cult movie Nosferatu, writes Karen Morley-Chesworth.

On Halloween, Thunder Road Theatre Company brought a modern reimagining of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel The Body Snatcher to The Box theatre in Kendal writes Karen Morley-Chesworth.

Classic and abstract comedy arrives on time at The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal as Lipservice Theatre steam into town with their hilarious presentation Strangers on a Train Set, writes Karen Morley-Chesworth.

The warnings given as we walked into the Studio at Theatre by the Lake on a dark and stormy night in Keswick created the same emotions as when the safety harness locks and there's no point of return on a rollercoaster - terror and excitement, writes Karen Morley-Chesworth. And this regional premiere of Guards at the Taj by Rajiv Joseph leaves you with that same spinning of emotions you get when stepping off the twister ride.

One of England's most prolific and well-loved play writers, Sir Alan Ayckbourn has adapted Chekhov's Russian based Uncle Vanya and brought it literally to Cumbria, writes Karen Morley-Chesworth.

Jim Cartwright is a genius at capturing the gritty real lives of working-class northerners. His quick wit lines, summing up a painful existence and delivering a reality which is both funny and deeply sad. The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is one of his classics, writes Karen Morley-Chesworth.

Sat in a comfortable theatre just a few miles away from a former nuclear power station and the site of Europe's largest nuclear processing plant, surrounded by sheep farms that were put under restrictions following the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, the setting of The Children could not have been in a more perfect location for its regional premiere, writes Karen Morley-Chesworth.