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Welcome to our Spring 2019 season When introducing each season I tend to draw on the works of theatre makers for inspiration, but for this season the words of living-legend George R. R. Martin seem far too apt. This is a season full of ‘old friends’. We will be revisiting classics and bringing familiar stories to the stage in new ways. However, what excites me most is the new work our students create. In addition to familiar stories, we have a spectacular array of new student writing for you to sample in our Spring Season. Whatever your tastes, I am sure you will find something within these pages. At the start of the student term, we bring to the stage the nation’s favourite play, Alan Bennett’s The History Boys (p8). Following eight bright but rowdy upper-sixth boys as they apply to Cambridge, this production has even greater relevance when performed by University of Cambridge students. Later in the season, we have another modern classic of particular relevance in Cambridge: Douglas Adams’s utterly bizarre and weirdly wonderful Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (p16). An alumnus of the ADC Theatre himself, Douglas Adams’s novel has been adapted for the stage by James Gross and Arvind Ethan David, and takes us from modern day Cambridge to the creation of the Universe and back again. We are incredibly lucky at the ADC to be working with some of the most talented Musical Theatre performers in Cambridge. Our spring musical season takes on the theme of stories retold. We begin with She Loves Me (p12), a warm and romantic story based on the 1937 play

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Parfumerie that is considered by many to be the most charming musical ever written. Later in the season we have cult favourite, Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds (p29), which infuses H.G.Wells’ story with a rock orchestra. Omigod You Guys, our season closes with award-winning, laugh-out-loud musical Legally Blonde (p22)! Adapted from the 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon, this feminist masterpiece takes us from the sorority house, to lavish Malibu golf courses and the hallowed halls of Harvard Law School. This season, 40% of our applications took the form of new student writing and I am delighted that we have a season so full of new work. Our Playroom season opens with Bastard (p5). The third play written by student Billie Collins to be produced in our venues, this one-man show explores fatherhood and inheritance. At the ADC Theatre we have Northern Irish farce, Grave Concern (p27). Written by student Connor Rowlett, this play is Sean O’Casey meets Martin McDonagh. We close our Playroom season with an exploration of the apocalyptic. The Unbelievable Ending of the World (p21) uses projection, puppetry and paranoia to tell the story of a person living through climate disaster. From Shakespearean tragedy to modern classics, stories retold to new tales, we have a full and exciting season ahead of us. Whether it is an ‘old friend’ you are after or a completely new story, our season will cater for you. We have settled in to our newly refurbished home here at the ADC Theatre and cannot wait to welcome you through our doors once more. Victoria Collins | Theatre Manager

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‘Old stories are like old friends… You have to visit them from time to time.’


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Bastard

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Machinal

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The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

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Orlando

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Wild Honey

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Jinkies!

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BirthdA

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One Man Romance

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Drunk Enough To Say I Love You?

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Gail Summerfield

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University Challenged

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A Glitch in my Code

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Hedda Gabler

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Pole Society Showcase

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The Once and Improvised King

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Panoptikos

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I’m Fine

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Atomic Jaya

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Conversations with Myself

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BAR NIGHTS

CUMTS presents the cream of Cambridge’s musical theatre talent in a series of one-off cabaret evenings at the ADC Bar! ADC BARSHOW MON 4 & 18 FEB AND 4 MARCH AT 8PM TICKETS £8/£6

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Join us for an evening of student-written and student-performed poetry, set in the relaxed atmosphere of the ADC Bar. ADC BARSHOW SUN 20 JAN & 10 FEB AT 8PM TICKETS £6/£5

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MONOLOGUE CLASH An evening of great actors performing a monologue of their choosing from all of theatre-history! ADC BARSHOW MON 28 JAN AND 25 FEB AT 8PM TICKETS £6/£5

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IMPRONAUTS QUICKFIRE

RAG SOCIAL

The Cambridge Impronauts perform a variety of scenes, games and songs, all completely made up on the spot. No script. No rehearsals. No problem.

As part of CUADC’s RAG week, raising money for theatrical charities in refugee camps, come down to the ADC Bar for a charity club night of theatre games and activities.

ADC BARSHOW SUN 27 JAN, 17 FEB & 10 MARCH AT 8PM TICKETS £6/£5

ADC BARSHOW SUN 3 MARCH AT 8PM TICKETS £6/£5

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8 – 12 January | ADC Theatre Cambridge Theatre Company

LITTLE WOMEN book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women, a timeless and captivating story, is brought to life in this glorious musical. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s critically acclaimed book and with a beautiful score by award winner Jason Howland, Little Women follows the adventures of the four March sisters. Jo, the second eldest of the March daughters and an aspiring writer, receives yet another rejection from a publisher. Professor Bhaer tells Jo she can do better by making her stories more personal. Begrudgingly, Jo weaves the story of how she and her sisters grew up in Civil War America – a tale of self-discovery, heartache, and everlasting love. ADC MAINSHOW TUE 8 – SAT 12 JANUARY AT 7.45PM MATINEE SAT 12 JANUARY AT 2.30PM TICKETS TUE £12/£9, WED/THU £14/£11, FRI/SAT £15/£12

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8 – 12 January | Playroom

15 – 19 January | Playroom Fletcher Players

BASTARD by Billie Collins

‘Suddenly I felt very Shakespearean. Very Game of Thrones. No longer was I the son of Stephen Bewley. I was the bastard son of Stephen Bewley.’ Charlie is on a train from Glasgow to London Euston when he finds out that his Mum is a brilliant liar. The man he called ‘Dad’ for 21 years is not his biological father. With one Dad in remission from prostate cancer, and another about to be released from HMP Brixton, Charlie is not sure of anything anymore. Bastard tells the story of how he figures out where he came from, and where he’s going next. BAWDS

CRIMES AGAINST CHRISTMAS

PLAYROOM MAINSHOW TUE 15 – SAT 19 JANUARY AT 7PM TICKETS TUE £7/£5, WED/THU £8/£6, FRI/SAT £9/£7

by Feargus Woods Dunlop

Crimes Against Christmas is a good old-fashioned, grown-up antidote to the traditional family pantomime. It’s a delightful, fast-moving feast of Christmas-themed, murderous fun. Take Agatha Christie’s classic thriller And Then There Were None, recast it in a 12 Days of Christmas mould and you get the idea. Pete Artridge, penniless and down on his luck, is tasked by a shadowy visitor to his detective agency with preventing the theft of a priceless Christmas bauble. He joins a group of strangers, mysteriously invited to spend the festive holiday on a remote island. They soon begin to meet their fates in increasingly quick succession and suspiciously Yule-related ways! PLAYROOM MAINSHOW TUE 8 – SAT 12 JANUARY AT 7.45PM (please note start time)

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15 – 19 January | ADC Theatre European Theatre Group

OTHELLO by William Shakespeare

‘Farewell the tranquil mind; farewell content.’ It’s the Swinging Sixties. Free Jazz is growing. Within a smokey, dimly lit club, Iago plots his scheme to overthrow Othello. With jazz standards oozing in the background, relationships swing amongst the perils of suspicion and deceit. Jealousy, the green-eyed monster, is lurking in the shadows. Othello is a powerful exploration of the human condition and the disaster that can arise from our emotions. Trust is eroded and innocence is

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corrupted in this tragic tale of manipulation and jealousy. Featuring live jazz, this exciting new take on one of Shakespeare’s darkest plays is one not to miss. ADC MAINSHOW TUE 15 – SAT 19 JANUARY AT 7.45PM MATINEE SAT 19 JANUARY AT 2.30PM TICKETS TUE £10/£8, WED/THU £13/£9, FRI/SAT £14/£10

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22 – 26 January | Playroom

MACHINAL

22 – 26 January | Playroom

BirthdA

by Sophie Treadwell

by Alannah Lewis

‘Your skin oughtn’t to curl - ought it - when he just comes near you - ought it? That’s wrong, ain’t it? You don’t get over that, do you - ever, do you or do you?’

‘People at school have been nicer to me ever since I hired them for my birthday party.’

It’s America’s Golden Age, a time of happiness, freedom, and prosperity. Or is it? For one young woman in the industrial, male-dominated world of the 1920s, life is nothing like she hoped it would be. Restless and unfulfilled in a passionless marriage and an unwanted motherhood, she finds her only joy in the form of an illicit love affair. But when reality sets in and she must return to her routine existence, she’ll go to any lengths to be free. Inspired by the infamous 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, Machinal is a riveting look at the danger that can come from a life unlived.

Another year, another string of disappointments for BirthdA Girl. Bored, bewildered and staring straight down the barrel of adolescence, she has little choice but to ponder out loud on the nature of friendship, grief, solitude, and what it means to enter womanhood via the margins. Comprising a series of short tragically comical monologues told from the point of view of a young woman with Asperger’s, BirthdA provides a portrayal of the dilemmas of youth in equal parts familiar and bizarre. PLAYROOM LATESHOW TUE 22 – SAT 26 JANUARY AT 9.30PM TICKETS TUE £7/£5, WED/THU £8/£6, FRI/SAT £9/£7

PLAYROOM MAINSHOW TUE 22 – SAT 26 JANUARY AT 7PM TICKETS TUE £8/£6, WED/THU £9/£7, FRI/SAT £10/£8

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22 – 26 January | ADC Theatre

by Alan Bennett

‘How do I define history? It’s just one f*cking thing after another.’ Sheffield. 1982. Eight bright but rowdy upper sixth boys are aspiring to Oxbridge and Hector is in charge of getting them there, but the Headmaster has insisted on providing some new blood to help polish them. A story of sexuality, adolescence, and potential, Alan Bennett’s acclaimed and beloved The History Boys looks at a world where education is becoming less about what you are taught, and more about where it can take you.

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Opening at the Royal National Theatre in 2004, The History Boys has since become a worldwide hit, winning the 2004 Olivier and 2005 Tony Awards for Best Play. ADC MAINSHOW TUE 22 – SAT 26 JANUARY AT 7.45PM MATINEE SAT 26 JANUARY AT 2.30PM TICKETS TUE £12/£9, WED/THU £14/£11, FRI/SAT £15/£12

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29 Jan – 2 Feb | Playroom

29 Jan – 2 Feb | Playroom

THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?

DRUNK ENOUGH TO SAY I LOVE YOU?

by Edward Albee

Martin and Stevie have been happily married for many years now. With a son that they both love (and seemingly accept for being gay), a more than comfortable lifestyle, and passion left in their marriage, it seems to be the ideal life. But when Martin is interviewed by his friend Ross for his fiftieth birthday, events are set in motion that threaten to tear down this life and leave his family in tatters. With Edward Albee’s trademark acerbic wit and humour, The Goat is a hugely enjoyable parable that plumbs the deepest questions of social constraints on the individual expression of love. PLAYROOM MAINSHOW TUE 29 JAN – SAT 2 FEB AT 7PM TICKETS TUE £8/£6, WED/THU £9/£7, FRI/SAT £10/£8

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by Caryl Churchill

‘Britain’s ultimate playwright’ Caryl Churchill’s Drunk Enough to Say I Love You is a chilling examination of masculinity, imperialism, and foreign policy. First performed at the Royal Court, the play sees Guy leave his wife and kids for Sam. The two embark on an exciting rollercoaster of sex, power, and war. It’s chaotic, poetic, and exhilarating – but how long can it last? PLAYROOM LATESHOW TUE 29 JAN – SAT 2 FEB AT 9.30PM TICKETS TUE £8/£6, WED/THU £9/£7, FRI/SAT £10/£8

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29 January – 2 February | ADC Theatre

WILD HONEY by Anton Chekhov, translated and adapted by Michael Frayn ‘You funny creature! A woman who loves you - a woman you love - fine summer weather. What could be simpler than that?’ Charming, handsome, and witty, once upon a time Platonov seemed bound for greatness. Now he is a simple country schoolteacher and husband to a dutiful yet unimaginative wife. After a long winter, summer has finally arrived and the village Don Juan will do anything for a bit of excitement.

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Adapted from Anton Chekhov’s untitled earliest complete work, which remained unperformed in his lifetime, Wild Honey is Michael Frayn’s romp through the Russian countryside. A blending of the farcical and the tragic, this unique piece captures the combined absurdity and despair at the heart of Chekhov’s scenario, creating the world of a gloriously bittersweet summer where none of the rules apply. ADC MAINSHOW TUE 29 JAN – SAT 2 FEB AT 7.45PM TICKETS TUE £10/£8, WED/THU £13/£9, FRI/SAT £14/£10

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5 – 9 February | Playroom

5 – 6 February | Playroom

GAIL SUMMERFIELD: OLDER, WISER, FUNNER, SILLIER ORLANDO

by Virginia Woolf adapted for the stage by Sarah Ruhl Adapted from Virginia Woolf’s novel, ‘the longest and most charming love letter in literature’ (Nigel Nicolson) playfully constructs the figure of Orlando as the fictional embodiment of Woolf’s close friend and lover, Vita Sackville-West. Orlando, a beautiful charismatic nobleman, enjoys a lifetime of adventures, love and debauchery, spanning five centuries. At the midpoint of this period, whilst serving as ambassador to Constantinople, Orlando wakes from a seven-day sleep to find he has become a woman. A dreamy adaptation, Sarah Ruhl’s Orlando is a magical and poetic dance between gender and through time, a fantastical world in which courtly movement and biographical narration combine to tell the story of someone who lives outside of human expectations, and enjoys twice the experience that humanity has to offer. PLAYROOM MAINSHOW TUE 5 – SAT 9 FEBRUARY AT 7PM TICKETS TUE £8/£6, WED/THU £9/£7, FRI/SAT £10/£8

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Agony Aunt and Tour-De-Force Gail Summerfield is here to dispense advice and tissues. Get the pinot chilling, girls, it’s going to be a BIG night! PLAYROOM LATESHOW TUE 5 – WED 6 FEBRUARY AT 9.30PM TICKETS TUE £7/£5, WED £8/£6

7 – 9 February | Playroom

UNIVERSITY CHALLENGED: SECOND ROUND After a sell-out run last year, Cambridge’s least impressive quiz teams are back! PLAYROOM LATESHOW THU 7 – SAT 8 FEBRUARY AT 9.30PM TICKETS THU £7/£5, FRI/SAT £8/£6

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SHE LOVES ME book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, music by Jerry Bock ‘But - strangely enough – you were right, Mr Nowack! – when you’d guessed I’d never met the man I was waiting for. He was just someone who’d been writing letters to me – such glorious letters.’ Set in a 1930’s Budapest parfumerie, She Loves Me is a hilarious, heart-warming and Olivier Award winning musical that follows the love lives of the various employees. Amalia Balash and Georg Nowack have not once seen eye to eye, with almost nothing in common except the fact that both have been writing anonymous love letters to a romantic stranger they met through a lonely-hearts ad. But when a date is finally set and identities are to be revealed, the two may find that true love is not without its surprises.

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She Loves Me is an enchanting evening of love and laughter, based on the 1937 play Parfumerie that similarly inspired famous film classics such as Ernst Lubitsch’s The Shop Around The Corner and Nora Ephron’s You’ve Got Mail. ADC MAINSHOW TUE 5 – SAT 9 FEBRUARY AT 7.45PM MATINEE SAT 9 FEBRUARY AT 2.30PM TICKETS TUE £12/£9, WED/THU £14/£11, FRI/SAT £15/£12

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12 – 16 February | Playroom

12 – 16 February | Playroom

DI AND VIV AND ROSE

A GLITCH IN MY CODE

‘How do you want to live here? I mean we could come and go and lead separate lives. Or we could really live together. What do you think?’

‘But you seem so… so human, so… alive. Truth is I’ve never stood this close to an android before. If I hadn’t known, I wouldn’t have been able to tell.’

by Amelia Bullmore

It’s 1983. Di, Viv and Rose move into a university house and embark on the adventure that is womanhood. Across the years they roller-coaster through life encountering sex, loss and all kinds of love. As they lean in and pull apart, their relationships are tested to the point of breaking. This is a daring exploration of the enduring bond of friendship. PLAYROOM MAINSHOW TUE 12 – SAT 16 FEBRUARY AT 7PM TICKETS TUE £8/£6, WED/THU £9/£7, FRI/SAT £10/£8

by Anna Shmatenko

Intelligent androids are slowly replacing vacuum cleaners, dishwashers and washing machines on the shelves of electronics shops all over the UK. They are now a common household item, just like a kettle or a toaster. Curious as to what the whole AI craze is all about, Ian, a university student, purchases one of these androids for himself. When his new mechanical helper emerges from its refrigeratorsized box, Ian begins to question if the thing in front of him is really a machine. Can something so human-like really be made of metal and plastic? But if even he is having trouble believing it... will his friend Alice ever guess that his new ‘roommate’ is not what ‘he’ seems? And what will happen if she treats ‘him’ like a human for too long? PLAYROOM MAINSHOW TUE 12 – SAT 16 FEBRUARY AT 9.30PM TICKETS TUE £7/£5, WED/THU £8/£6, FRI/SAT £9/£7

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12 – 16 February | ADC Theatre

ANGELS IN AMERICA

PART 1: MILLENIUM APPROACHES by Tony Kushner Set in 1980s Reaganite America, Angels in America is a powerful exploration of queer culture and the AIDS crisis. Following three different narrative strands, the play deals with the ideas of internalised homophobia in a political landscape where otherness is rebuked, the impact the AIDS crisis had on personal relationships, and the fragile and complicated relationship that humans have with the supernatural.

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19 – 23 February | Playroom

19 – 23 February | Playroom

BAD LUCK CHARLIE

A PLANE OLD SKETCH SHOW

Charlie has spent his entire life followed by bad luck. He misses his trains, spills all his drinks, and somehow, every single time he goes into a park, he comes out of it with bird poo in his hair. It’s a part of his life that’s become all too easy to get used to, to laugh at – and to blame things on when they go wrong.

Footlights Members Friso de Graaf and Gabriel Barton-Singer return from their Edinburgh Fringe success with a classic sketch show filled with wit, sarcasm and irreverence. A Plane Old Sketch Show does away with all the ploys and tricks of other sketch shows and just presents good, funny sketches for an hour of simple, funny comedy without gimmicks. The show is all set on an airplane. But other than that, there are no gimmicks at all, we promise. Presenting satirical, dynamic and hysterical sketches for an hour of non-stop hilarity, these two promise to have you crying with laughter by the end of the show.

by Mariam Abdel-Razek

But things change when, in the space of the same two weeks, he’s dumped and his childhood best friend dies in a freak car accident. Suddenly his unlucky life from before looks like a walk in the park. Lonely, untethered, and desperately missing his past, he attempts to reconnect it the only way he knows how – through his ex-girlfriend, Alex. Part comedy, part drama, this piece of new writing explores with tenderness and wit what grief, intimacy, and what it means to be vulnerable.

by Friso de Graaf and Gabriel Barton-Singer

PLAYROOM LATESHOW TUE 19 – SAT 23 FEBRUARY AT 9.30PM TICKETS TUE £7/£5, WED/THU £8/£6, FRI/SAT £9/£7

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DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY by James Goss and Arvind Ethan David (based on the novel by Douglas Adams) ‘These are the offices of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. Dirk Gently, owner and proprietor, at your service. Thank you for asking; the term ‘holistic’ refers to my belief in the fundamental interconnectedness of all things.’ Dirk finds himself on the trail of a gruesome murderer who is somehow involved with the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quantum physics, and the enigmatic study of the Cambridge Professor of Chronology.

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Ultimately, the stakes of the case are far greater than a single murder, but go to the fate of life on Earth. Confused? Don’t be. Everything is connected. ADC MAINSHOW TUE 19 – SAT 23 FEBRUARY AT 7.45PM TICKETS TUE £10/£8, WED/THU £13/£9, FRI/SAT £14/£10

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26 Feb – 2 March | Playroom

HARROGATE by Al Smith

‘I dream about you young. When I’m asleep you’re as young as the girl I met.’ Harrogate tells the story of a father struggling to confront his obsessions without destroying his family. It is a play about the intensity of parental love and its capacity to consume, how we perform versions of ourselves depending on the company we keep, and how we project onto others versions of the people we want to see, rather than accepting who stands in front of us. Harrogate is a darkly funny, tender and uncomfortable play. It ‘defies interpretation’ and ‘has a kind word to say about everyone, yet spares no one’ (The Telegraph). The play is a triptych about obsession, repression and lust. PLAYROOM MAINSHOW TUE 26 FEB – SAT 2 MARCH AT 7PM TICKETS TUE £8/£6, WED/THU £9/£7, FRI/SAT £10/£8

26 Feb – 2 March | Playroom

The Fletcher Players

PANOPTIKOS What does it mean to watch and be watched? In an age of reality television, this new play examines the human tendency towards voyeurism and our willingness to observe the suffering of others. Ava has an ideal life. A prominent GP, she has a thriving practice, a loving husband, and a talented child. Tensions arise upon the appointment of a new patient, triggering the disintegration of both her personal and professional lives. Within three months, Ava is giving evidence against her husband in a destructively public murder trial. As she constructs a narrative of the past three months to an investigator, her distraught daughter begins to piece together an alternative course of events that would exonerate her father. As events spiral out of her control and the paranoia of being watched amplifies Ava’s anxiety and shame, these tragic events of Ava’s life play out in the most public of forums. PLAYROOM MAINSHOW TUE 26 FEB – SAT 2 MARCH AT 9.30PM TICKETS TUE £7/£5, WED/THU £8/£6, FRI/SAT £9/£7

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FOOTLIGHTS SPRING REVUE

The Footlights Spring Revue is a showcase of the freshest new comedy from the graduating members of one of the oldest and most famous comedy societies in the UK. Well-established as one of the biggest events in the Cambridge comedy calendar, it is sure to be an unmissable night of sketch, monologue and song. Don’t miss your chance to see this brand new extravaganza from the group that launched many of the greatest names in comedy, including Peter Cook, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Sandi Toksvig, David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Sue Perkins and Richard Ayoade.

ADC MAINSHOW TUE 26 FEB – SAT 2 MARCH AT 7.45PM MATINEE SAT 2 MARCH AT 2.30PM TICKETS TUE £12/£9, WED/THU £14/£11, FRI/SAT £15/£12

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5 – 9 March | Playroom

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ATOMIC JAYA by Huzir Sulaiman

Bombs, bombs, bombs! Mary has been recruited for a top-secret national project in Malaysia by the ambitious General Zulkifli. The mission: building Southeast Asia’s first atomic bomb. The catch: there is no legal way for them to obtain uranium. Join Mary as she collides with one wacky character after another, from a shady uranium smuggler to an army general with a Napoleon complex. This political satire takes on racial issues, national hubris and the post-colonial hangover present in contemporary Malaysia. PLAYROOM MAINSHOW TUE 5 – SAT 9 MARCH AT 7PM TICKETS TUE £8/£6, WED/THU £9/£7, FRI/SAT £10/£8

5 – 9 March | Playroom

CONVERSATIONS WITH MYSELF by Leopold Benedict

It’s Friday evening, Manhattan, 1969, and Nicholas Payne returns home from a long day on Wall Street. His mother suggests he ‘see someone to help him’. We soon realise that Nicholas is in a predicament. He tries to liberate himself from this unexplained anguish, but the audience is left guessing: what ails him so? He exhausts all options until his best friend Gino arrives and convinces him to have a drink. The alcohol’s soothing effects coax Nicholas to spill his frustrations, and Gino convinces him to hold a party. Nicholas gets into his party gear and greets the guests, but those arriving are in fact the demons of his mind. One by one, they renew the crisis to which he was subjected before inebriation. The night spirals beyond his control. Hell is empty. And all the devils are here. PLAYROOM LATESHOW TUE 5 – SAT 9 MARCH AT 9.30PM TICKETS TUE £7/£5, WED/THU £8/£6, FRI/SAT £9/£7

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HEDDA GABLER

by Henrik Ibsen

Like The Doll’s House, Hedda Gabler explores the trope of the married woman stuck in a loveless and constricting marriage and social situation, but gives it a refreshingly new and darker twist. Hedda is a victim of patriarchal society but she is angered rather than subdued by that fact – she acts out on the world and people around her, whether they deserve it or not, in a perverse but horrifyingly empowering act of revenge. A feminist anti-hero, the remarkable (and realistic) complexity of her character and psychology

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allows the play to transcend its 19th century setting and to become a nightmarish cautionary tale for all oppressive societies. In each new context it is revived and revisited it forces us to reflect on aspects of our own world and selves, and, perhaps, the darker parts that we’d rather ignore. ADC MAINSHOW TUE 5 – SAT 9 MARCH AT 7.45PM TICKETS TUE £10/£8, WED/THU £13/£9, FRI/SAT £14/£10

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12 – 16 March | Playroom

12 – 16 March | Playroom

YERMA

THE UNBELIEVABLE ENDING OF THE WORLD

by Federico Garcia Lorca What does it take to break a woman? Yerma and her husband, living happily married, must suddenly face the fact that they are unable to have a child. Their tragic situation quickly leads Yerma in ultimate desperation to a dark climax in which everything will change, forever. Federico Garcia Lorca’s searing tale of a woman battling the stigma of infertility in a small community bristles with urgency and injustice. Translated into a semi-modern setting, this production presents a wild rendering of Lorca’s claustrophobic original, drawing in the elements to create a visual spectacle that brings to the fore the pagan undertones of his script. An essential piece of theatre exploring cultural expectations, the gender binary, and what it means to search for new life as a woman and as a human, Yerma promises to be both a harrowing and an inspiring watch. PLAYROOM MAINSHOW TUE 12 – SAT 16 MARCH AT 7PM TICKETS TUE £8/£6, WED/THU £9/£7, FRI/SAT £10/£8

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by Will Maclean

April is worried about the world. She sees strange colours in the sky, apocalyptic headlines, and images of polar bears trapped on lumps of melting ice. She knows the world is changing, and has already changed. So April takes action. Everyone is saying that she killed her kids to stop climate change. Is this as ridiculous as it sounds? This experimental show tests your principles, and dares you to believe the unbelievable. Using projection, puppetry and paranoia, The Unbelievable Ending of the World follows the story of a person living through climate disaster who sees her options more starkly than the rest of us. PLAYROOM LATESHOW TUE 12 – SAT 16 MARCH AT 9.30PM TICKETS TUE £7/£5, WED/THU £8/£6, FRI/SAT £9/£7

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13 – 23 March | ADC Theatre Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club

LEGALLY BLONDE by Heather Hach

The international, award-winning musical Legally Blonde follows the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl whose life is turned upside down when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her to ‘get serious’ and go to Harvard Law. Refusing to let her dream life slip away, Elle becomes determined to show him how serious she can be. She charms her way into Harvard but when she arrives she struggles to gain the respect of her peers, professors, and most importantly, Warner. With the help of a few good friends, she quickly realises her potential and sets out to prove herself in this new world.

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This laugh-out-loud musical will take you from the lavish golf-courses of Malibu to the hallowed halls of Harvard Law as we follow Elle on her journey to discover you don’t need to conform to other people’s idea of ‘serious’ to win a murder case. ADC MAINSHOW WED 13 – SAT 23 MARCH AT 7.45PM MATINEES SAT 16, THU 21 & SAT 23 MARCH AT 2.30PM, NO PERF SUN 17 TICKETS OPENING NIGHT £13/£10, MON–THU AND MATINEES £15/£12, FRI/SAT EVE £16/£13

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26 – 30 March | ADC Theatre The Pied Pipers Johnny, Will and Tunny each search for meaning in the post 9/11 era. Fuelled with sex, drugs, and vital angst, the friends’ dreams smash against reality with rock ‘n’ roll force. Winner of two Tony Awards, plus a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album, the show features the music of Green Day, and a book written by lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong himself alongside award-winning director Michael Mayer. As relevant today as when it first burst onto the American stage in 2009, this electric show speaks to anyone looking for their place in a fast-changing world – and packs a powerful theatrical punch. by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer Green Day’s American Idiot is a high-energy punk rock opera exploring the disillusionment of a generation coming of age in a tumultuous world.

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29 – 30 March | Playroom Young Actors Company

ALICE IN WONDERLAND An innocent performance of the Junior Stage Academy’s stage production is suddenly derailed when the leading lady falls down a rabbit hole. Alice is thrown into the wickedly wild, wayward world of Wonderland, where she encounters a host of peculiar characters. White Rabbits, Mock Turtles, Jabberwockies, Gryphons and Dodos are amongst the bizarre beasts that she must deal with in her attempts to figure out how to escape, and who she really is... After all, those strange girls running past look awfully familiar... PLAYROOM MAINSHOW FRI 29 & SAT 30 MARCH AT 7PM MATINEE SAT 30 MARCH AT 4PM TICKETS FRI £7/£5, SAT £8/£6

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2 – 6 April | ADC Theatre Bawds

MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL

by T.S.Eliot

England, 1170 – a land riven by a struggle between Church and State. With powerful barons at home and threats abroad, King Henry II is under pressure. Game of Thrones meets modern miracle play in this version of Murder in the Cathedral by T.S.Eliot. Thomas Becket has such influence as Archbishop of Canterbury that Henry sees him as a threat and asks, ‘who will rid me of this turbulent Priest?’. Four knights take it upon themselves to assassinate the Archbishop, in his own Cathedral and in front of a chorus of women of Canterbury.

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A powerful drama with elements of Greek tragedy and medieval ritual, this production aims to involve the audience as witness, judge and jury. ADC MAINSHOW TUE 2 – SAT 6 APRIL AT 7.45PM MATINEE SAT 6 APRIL AT 2.30PM TICKETS TUE £10/£7, WED/THU £12/£9, FRI/SAT £13/£9

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9 – 13 April | ADC Theatre Combined Actors of Cambridge

PHOTOGRAPH 51 by Anna Ziegler

Anna Ziegler’s award-winning play comes to Cambridge for the first time, following a sell-out West End debut in 2015. It’s 1953 and the race is on to uncover the secret of life: the structure of DNA. Biophysicist Rosalind Franklin is one of the few in the world able to capture an image of the mysterious structure. Does she realise she holds the key to the biggest scientific breakthrough of the 20th century? Will rival scientists beat her to it? What kept Franklin out of the history books and Cambridge’s Watson and Crick in? A fast paced and ultimately moving play about ambition, ego and legacy. ADC MAINSHOW TUE 9 – SAT 13 APRIL AT 7.45PM MATINEE SAT 13 APRIL AT 2.30PM TICKETS TUE £10/£8, WED/THU £13/£9, FRI/SAT £14/£10

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END OF THE LINE by Will J-Wood

London, 1969. The last days of the manual telephone exchange. While the new automated switchboards are being installed across the nation, an operator resents connecting phone calls that are ending the careers of her colleagues... THU 31 JANUARY – SAT 2 FEBRUARY AT 8PM TICKETS THU £7/£5, FRI/SAT £8/£6

8 February Papercuts Rehearsed Reading

THIS PLAY IS NOT ABOUT ME by Steve Rathje

This play is about dreams, where forgotten memories go, how thoughts aren’t just inside our heads, déjà vu, laughter, the inability to laugh, that sense you get when you can tell someone is staring at you, the four bodily humors and other discredited theories.But it is not about me. FRI 8 FEBRUARY AT 8PM | TICKETS £3

7 – 9 March

LET’S START A FIRE by Victor Rees

It’s been days since the video of Robin leaked online, provoking public outrage and a media storm. As the flames die down, his sister Sam tries to renegotiate control over her own life and that of her girlfriend Emma...

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A pitch-black tale of celebrity and cruelty, Let’s Start a Fire questions what it takes to be famous in the 21st century – and how much you can truly love those you hurt. THU 7 – SAT 9 MARCH AT 8PM TICKETS THU £7/£5, FRI/SAT £8/£6

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16 – 19 January Dragtime

CIRQUE DU SLAY! For just four nights the circus has come to town, a circus that is quite unlike any other… Cambridge’s premiere student drag troupe invite you to enter a sparkling tent of mystical wonders for their most ambitious and obscure show to date. Welcome to the Cirque du Slay… WED 16 – SAT 19 JANUARY AT 11PM TICKETS WED £7/£5, THU £8/£6, FRI/SAT £9/£7

23 – 26 January Cambridge Footlights

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HUMAN RESOURCES

Life inside the HR office seems mundane, but get ready to turn that frown 180 degrees around, because comedy is coming to shape things up for the better! WED 23 – SAT 26 JANUARY AT 11PM TICKETS WED £8/£6, THU £9/£7, FRI/SAT £10/£8

30 January – 2 February Fletcher Players

GRAVE CONCERN by Connor Rowlett

A cloudy day in West Belfast. It’s Dennis’s funeral. Everything seems normal. The priest drones on, the crowd half-heartedly pat their eyes with hankies. Then Uncle John orders an Indian takeaway (at 11 in the morning) and hijacks the sermon. Cue a morbid dogfight with vindaloos, Belgian girlfriends, and handbag-wielding octogenarians... WED 30 JAN – SAT 2 FEB AT 11PM TICKETS WED £7/£5, THU £8/£6, FRI/SAT £9/£7

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FOOTLIGHTS STAND-UP SHOWCASE New for 2019, The Footlights Stand-up Showcase brings you the freshest new stand-up comedy from the graduating members of one of the oldest and most famous comedy Societies in the UK. WED 6 – SAT 9 FEBRUARY AT 11PM TICKETS WED £8/£6, THU £9/£7, FRI/SAT £10/£8

13 – 16 February

POOL NOODLES

by Alex Franklin, Noah Geelan and Will Bicknell-Found Can wannabe-lifeguard Kenny Shallows stay afloat when thrown in at the deep end? A narrative sketch show that’s sure to make a splash. WED 13 – SAT 16 JANUARY AT 11PM TICKETS WED £7/£5, THU £8/£6, FRI/SAT £9/£7

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20 – 21 February

COMIC SANS MEN 2.0 We’re back baby, and better than ever. Comic Sans Men 2.0 returns to grace the ADC stage with an hour of hilarity, without a script or a man in sight. Improvised stand-up comedy, improvised sketches, improvised music – based entirely on audience suggestions. It’s sure to be hilarious. Maybe. It’s improvised. WED 20 – THU 21 FEBRUARY AT 11PM TICKETS WED/THU £9/£7

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22 – 23 February Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society

CUMTS GALA NIGHT: STEP IN TIME The CUMTS Gala Night returns for another year, boasting another glorious selection of songs from the shows. Come join the party! FRI 22 – SAT 23 FEBRUARY AT 11PM TICKETS FRI/SAT £10/£8

27 February – 2 March JEFF WAYNE’S MUSICAL VERSION OF

THE WAR OF THE WORLDS

story by HG Wells, music by Jeff Wayne Jeff Wayne’s 1978 The War of the Worlds album, infusing the classic HG Wells story with rock, orchestra and electronic sounds, remains today the 40th best-selling album of all time in the UK. Brought to life on stage, the events of the Martian Invasion unfold through this thrilling musical concert. WED 27 FEBRUARY – SAT 2 MARCH AT 11PM TICKETS WED £9/£7, THU £10/£8, FRI/SAT £11/£9

6 – 9 March Cambridge Impronauts

THE ONCE AND IMPROVISED KING The Cambridge Impronauts present The Once and Improvised King, an all-new cycle of Arthurian legends made up each night based on audience suggestions. An entirely improvised retinue of knights, ladies, trusty squires, wise elders, incognito noble youths raised in obscurity, champions, fools, hermits, marvels and monsters shall embark upon a quest of the audience’s choosing. WED 6 – SAT 9 MARCH AT 11PM TICKETS WED £7/£5, THU £8/£6, FRI/SAT £9/£7

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24HR MUSICAL

In just 24 hours, CUMTS will create and perform a brand new musical. There will be sleeplessness and coffee. There will be magic. TUE 15 JAN AT 11PM | TICKETS £9/£7

Prang is the debut hour from Footlight, writer of this year’s Panto and self-proclaimed QLad Comrie Saville-Ferguson. Be prepared for surreality, technology and energy in a stylised collection of comedic and serious monologues about the self we present, being lonely in a crowd, and the myriad characters we play everyday. TUE 5 FEB AT 11PM | TICKETS £9/£7

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COMRIE SAVILLEFERGUSON: PRANG

Cambridge University Show Choir Cambridge Footlights

FOOTLIGHTS SMOKER Footlights bring you the funniest songs, sketches, monologues and standup in an hour of non-stop, back-to-back, fun-filled hilarity. TUE 22 & 29 JAN, 19 FEB AND 5 MARCH AT 11PM | TICKETS £9/£7 FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

Cambridge Film Association

CAMBRIDGE SHORTS Cambridge Shorts showcases the best in student film-making at the ADC’s only film night. TUE 12 FEB AT 11PM | TICKETS £9/£7

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Cambridge University Pole Society

CAMBRIDGE POLE SHOWCASE Breathtaking pole dance performances from dancers of the Cambridge University Pole Society.

In 23 hours, 30 of Cambridge’s finest comedians in 5 teams come together to create a new and hilarious sketch-show. THU 14 MARCH AT 11PM | £9/£7

TUE 26 FEB AT 11PM | TICKETS £9/£7

2030 Cambridge University Show Choir

SHOW CHOIR:

THE EVOLUTION OF MUSIC Forget Darwin, come and hear our theory of evolution! Come and listen to the legendary Show Choir as they take on a journey through time. The Cambridge University Show Choir are an all-singing, all-dancing competitive musical group. After the success of last term’s The Greatest Show they’re tackling music from throughout the decades! Sit back, singalong and enjoy the ride. WED 13 MARCH AT 11PM | £9/£7

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THE 23-HOUR SKETCH SHOW

“Worried about graduation? Getting on the housing ladder? Global warming? AI? The bees? Self-driving cars eating you alive? Or just plain old nuclear annihilation? There’s plenty of things to be stressed about over the next decade. Why not find out how terrible things are going to be in advance? Come see 2030, the only druid-certified soothsaying sketch show! The cast and crew have travelled back in time 11 years to present to you a series of light vignettes and grim warnings all set in the near-future. The best of the Cambridge comedy scene’s writers and performers present a vision of the future that’s so funny you’ll wish you were a decade older! FRI 15 & SAT 16 MARCH AT 11PM TICKETS FRI £7/£5, SAT £9/£7

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FOOTLIGHTS PLAYROOM SMOKER JAZZ EMU by Archie Henderson

Footlights bring you the funniest songs, sketches, monologues and stand-up in an hour of non-stop, back-to-back, fun-filled hilarity. MON 4, 11 & 25 FEB AND 11 MARCH AT 9.30PM | £8/£6

The winner of the IYAF Best of the Brighton Fringe Comedy Award brings a new hour of sharp and original musical comedy to Cambridge. MON 14 JAN AT 9.30PM | £8/£6 Cambridge University Show Choir

JINKIES! by Louisa Keight

Surreal multi-media character comedy, sketch and stand-up from former Cambridge Footlight and current Cambridge footnote, Louisa Keight. MON 21 JAN AT 9.30PM | £8/£6

Fletcher Players

SMORGASBORD Smorgasbord, the Fletcher Players’ night of fresh new writing is back, showcasing some of Cambridge’s best new talent! MON 18 FEB AT 9.30PM | £8/£6

ONE MAN ROMANCE Leo Reich has made the bold artistic decision to have never been romantically loved by anyone his whole life. How did he become so brave? MON 28 JAN AT 9.30PM | £8/£6 FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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by Joy Hunter

Joy Hunter is fine. Really. She’s totally fine. She’s Fine okay! JESUS! Here’s a show about it. MON 4 MARCH AT 9.30PM | £8/£6 ADC THEATRE

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booking information Book for events at the ADC Theatre, Corpus Playroom and other venues across Cambridge in a single transaction. Tickets are non-refundable and nonexchangeable. Full Terms and Conditions are available online or on request.

how to book online Book for any of our events up to one hour before every performance at adctheatre.com Visit adcticketing.com to book for performances at other Cambridge venues.

box office 01223 300085 ADC Theatre, Park Street, Cambridge Mon – Sat: 1pm – 7pm Tickets can be bought in person or over the phone.

on the door Tickets can be bought on the door of the ADC Theatre or Corpus Playroom 30 minutes before every performance, if the show has not sold out.

concessions Concessions are offered for under 16s, students, senior citizens, CAMCard holders, University staff and jobseekers.

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day seats In the event of a sell-out show, a limited number of Day Seats may be available for evening performances of ADC Mainshows on the day of the performance from 1pm in the Box Office. Any remaining Day Seats are released online 30 minutes later. Please contact the Box Office for more information.

opening nights Beat the crowds and book for the opening night of one of our shows. Opening Nights are cheaper than the rest of the run and let you see the show before anyone else.

seating Tickets for most performances at the ADC Theatre are sold from a reserved seating plan (see below). Some lateshows, bar shows and studio shows, as well as all performances at the Corpus Playroom, have unreserved seating.


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The ADC Theatre is fully wheelchair accessible. There is a lift in the foyer which leads up to the bar and auditorium. The accessible toilet is located on the ground floor. Wheelchair users can now purchase tickets online. Please contact access@adctheatre.com or visit our website for more information.

ADC Ticketing provides the best value and highest quality customer service for events happening in and around Cambridge.

Both the ADC Theatre and Corpus Playroom are fitted with an infra-red audio system designed to help deaf and hard of hearing patrons. If you are using the system for the first time, please arrive early and seek advice from our Front of House team. Assistance dogs are welcome in both our venues. Please call the Box Office or email the above address when booking to ensure you are seated appropriately. We regret that the Corpus Playroom is not currently wheelchair accessible.

Our Box Office is easily accessible, located conveniently in Cambridge City Centre. As part of the University of Cambridge, the ADC Theatre is a reliable and secure partner. We will ensure your event is ticketed smoothly and your ticketing experience is hassle-free. We charge a 9% commission (+ VAT) or ÂŁ25, whichever is greater, on sales for ticketed events. With the lowest commission rate in Cambridge, we also include many additional services to help you sell your event, such as marketing reports, setting up of special offers, season tickets and many more. For more information, or to request the use of ADC Ticketing, please contact ticketing@adctheatre.com.

adc bar Come along for a pre-show drink at our lively theatre bar. The ADC Bar is open Tuesday to Saturday from 7pm and stays serving until the early hours of the morning. With a friendly atmosphere and student prices, it is a popular place to come for a drink whether or not you are seeing a show. We have a fantastic range of alcoholic and soft drinks as well as snacks and ice creams to take into the show. Choose one of our 11 different gins for your gin and tonic, have a pint of Real Ale from the local Milton Brewery, or sample our Cocktail of the Week. Avoid the queues by ordering your interval drinks before the show. A

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ADC Theatre Spring Season 2019  

Welcome to the Spring 2019 Season at the ADC Theatre and Corpus Playroom. Check out this season's brochure to see what we have in store!

ADC Theatre Spring Season 2019  

Welcome to the Spring 2019 Season at the ADC Theatre and Corpus Playroom. Check out this season's brochure to see what we have in store!

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