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D E C E MB E R 2 0 16 – J U N E 20 1 7 B OX OFFIC E: 012 2 3 50 3333 Book online and selec t your own seats: www.cambridgeartstheatre.com


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SHOW

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Thu 1 Dec 2016 - Sun 8 Jan 2017

DICK WHITTINGTON AND HIS CAT

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Wed 18 - Sat 21 Jan

ANNIE

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Mon 23 - Sat 28 Jan

THE FULL MONTY

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Tue 31 Jan - Sat 4 Feb

THE WINTER’S TALE

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Wed 8 - Sat 11 Feb

EDWARD II

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Mon 13 - Sat 18 Feb

GASLIGHT

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Mon 20 - Tue 21 Feb

RICHARD ALSTON DANCE COMPANY

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Wed 22 - Sat 25 Feb

HENCEFORWARD...

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Sun 26 Feb

MICHAEL PORTILLO

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Wed 1 - Sat 4 Mar

INVINCIBLE

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Tue 7 - Sat 11 Mar

SILVER LINING

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Sun 12 & Sun 19 Mar

CAMBRIDGE FOOTLIGHTS

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Tue 14 - Sat 18 Mar

ESCAPED ALONE

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Tue 21 - Sat 25 Mar

NELL GWYNN

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Mon 27 Mar - Sat 8 Apr

LA STRADA

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Mon 10 - Sat 15 Apr

ABIGAIL’S PARTY

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Mon 17 - Sat 22 Apr

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

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Tue 25 - Sat 29 Apr

ENGLISH TOURING OPERA

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Tue 2 - Sat 6 May

DEATH OF A SALESMAN

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Sun 7 May

LUCY WORSLEY

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Tue 9 - Sat 13 May

FANTASTIC MR FOX

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Mon 15 - Sat 20 May

NOT DEAD ENOUGH

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Mon 22 - Sat 27 May

FRACKED!

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Mon 12 - Sat 17 June

MY COUNTRY EDUCATION

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Get involved and make the most out of your trip to the Theatre with our programme of assisted performances. Touch Tours are available for audio described performances – booking essential. DICK WHITTINGTON BSL Sunday 4 December, 1pm Relaxed Performance Saturday 17 December, 11am Audio Described Saturday 7 January, 1pm SILVER LINING Captioned Audio Described

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Thursday 9 March, 7.45pm Saturday 11 March, 2.30pm

ESCAPED ALONE BSL

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NELL GWYNN Captioned Audio Described

Thursday 23 March, 7.45pm Saturday 25 March, 2.30pm

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG Audio Described Saturday 22 April, 2.30pm

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welcome Welcome to our spring/ summer 2017 season and what is my 40th season for the Theatre. When I sit down to write my welcome in the face of a looming print deadline, the feelings never change. Last minute doubts as to whether you, our ever loyal and discerning audience, will like the season. Money worries as I hope that we will sell sufficient tickets to keep our charity afloat. But when my mind settles, I feel pride, and not a little relief, that our Theatre continues to be able to attract the very best productions that are available. This means that we can offer a sufficiently varied programme to satisfy the theatre-going hopes of all of our, often very, different audience groups. If theatre for you is an entertaining night out and a diversion from your everyday concerns then the evergreen Annie, The Full Monty, the wonderful Nell Gwynn from Shakepeare’s Globe Theatre or Mike Leigh’s classic Abigail’s Party will be for you. If you want a new take on the classics, Cheek by Jowl’s The Winter’s Tale, the Marlowe Society’s Edward II or Tim Piggott-Smith in Death of a Salesman should fit the bill. If you want new writing and some real challenge to your world view you need to see Caryl Churchill’s incredible Escaped Alone prior to its Broadway run or The National Theatre’s My Country as it comments on the real views of post-Brexit Britain. Perhaps you just want a really good laugh. The theatrical phenomenon The Play That Goes Wrong will hit the spot, Alan Ayckbourn’s classic Henceforward... will remind us what a great playwright he is, there should be a car crash of classes in the hilarious Invincible, Sandi Toksvig’s new comedy Silver Lining promises to lift our spirits and remind us of the resilience of our elders as will James Bolam and Anne Reid in the hilarious Fracked! as a “stubborn old biddy” takes on the might of the energy companies. If horror or a decent murder mystery is your thing, Kara Tointon in Gaslight or Peter James’ Not Dead Enough will fit the bill nicely.

Cambridge Arts Theatre is managed by The Cambridge Arts Theatre Trust Ltd. Registered in England No. 03536370 Registered Charity No. 1069912. Registered Office: 6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ VAT Registration No. 229 1368 04

Our opera lovers are well served with Puccini’s Tosca and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience from the brilliant English Touring Opera and we are delighted to welcome back the Richard Alston Dance Company. Our younger audience members (5+) will be thrilled by the new musical version of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox. For something that defies convention I cannot recommend our new co-production highly enough. La Strada is a musical adaptation of the classic Fellini film directed and devised by one of the most exciting talents in theatre today, Sally Cookson. I am very proud that we will be presenting it prior to its West End run. Our annual panto extravaganza Dick Whittington and his Cat opens on 1 December and will fill the Theatre with families, school children and office parties over the festive period. Paul Nicholas will make his Cambridge panto debut as the evil King Rat and Matt Crosby makes a very welcome return as the irrepressible Sarah the Cook. Come along and join in the fun. Thank you as ever for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you again soon at Cambridge Arts Theatre. With kindest regards,

Dave Murphy Chief Executive Cambridge Arts Theatre 6 St Edward’s Passage Cambridge CB2 3PJ Administration: 01223 578933

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THURSDAY 1 DECEMBER 2016 – SUNDAY 8 JANUARY 2017 CAMBRIDGE ARTS THEATRE PRESENTS THIS YEAR’S TRADITIONAL FAMILY PANTOMIME

Directed by Carole Todd

Written by Al Morley and Matt Crosby Additional material by Carole Todd CAST (in order of appearance)

PAUL NICHOLAS as King Rat DAWN HOPE as Fairy Bowbells HOLLY EASTERBROOK as Dick Whittington ROBERT DUNCAN as Alderman Fitzwarren ROBERT REES as Idle Jack RHIANNON PORTER as Alice Fitzwarren

MATT CROSBY as Sarah the Cook DANIEL CUMMINS as Tommy the Cat

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime this Christmas as Cambridge Arts Theatre whisks you away on a magical journey for all the family in this year’s spectacular family pantomime: DICK WHITTINGTON! EastEnders villain and star of hit sitcom Just Good Friends Paul Nicholas leads an all-singing, all-dancing cast that features Robert Duncan (Drop The Dead Donkey, Old Harry’s Game) and sees the triumphant return of Cambridge’s favourite Panto Dame, Matt Crosby. Featuring all your favourite pantomime characters and Cambridge Arts Theatre’s trademark blend of songs, laughter, joy and magic, make it a Christmas to remember with a visit to the home of family entertainment. 6


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BSL Interpreted Performance: Sun 4 Dec, 1pm stalls

Audio Described Performance: Sat 7 Jan, 1pm

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For One Night Only SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY

AN AUDIENCE WITH

MICHAEL PORTILLO LIFE: A GAME OF TWO HALVES

Politician, social commentator and TV documentary maker, controversial former MP for Kensington and Chelsea, Michael Portillo returns to the Arts Theatre for one night only. Since leaving the House of Commons in 2015, Michael has endeared himself to many with his respect for solid workmanship and creative energy, as found in our great Victorian railways. A historian at heart, he has recently used a Victorian railway guide to take millions of viewers on a historical voyage of discovery through the UK, Ireland, the USA and Europe with his BBC2 documentary series. Come and listen to his extraordinary story which will be followed by an opportunity to ask him your questions.

7.45PM: £23/£28 ALL TICKET PRICES INCLUDE A £3 PER-TICKET BOOKING FEE

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SUNDAY 7 MAY

AN AUDIENCE WITH

LUCY WORSLEY AT HOME WITH JANE AUSTEN

In the bicentenary year of Jane Austen’s death, join Dr Lucy Worsley as she delves into the life of the famous and much-loved author. During the evening, Lucy considers what home meant to Jane and tells the story through the rooms, spaces, possessions and places that mattered to her, as well as dispelling the myth that she was a cynical, lonely spinster. Lucy offers us instead a witty and passionate woman of her time, who refused to settle for anything less than Mr Darcy.    

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Lucy returns to Cambridge following her 2016 sell-out An Evening of Murder and this special event is the perfect prelude to Lucy’s forthcoming new book, At Home with Jane Austen.

7.45PM: £23/£28 ALL TICKET PRICES INCLUDE A £3 PER-TICKET BOOKING FEE

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SUNDAY 12 & SUNDAY 19 MARCH

Following the sell-out success of 2016, Cambridge Footlights are back by popular demand with two nights of hilarious new comedy! Cambridge Footlights are the world-famous comedy troupe who first aired the talents of some of the foremost British comedians and actors of this century. Founded in 1880, this university drama society boasts an impressive alumni including Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Trevor Nunn and Peter Shaffer. Join Footlights for two nights showcasing the finest sketches, songs and stand-up from some of the country’s finest student comedians. Early booking is highly recommended!

SUNDAY 12 & SUNDAY 19, 7.45PM: £13/£18/£23 ALL TICKET PRICES INCLUDE A £3 PER-TICKET BOOKING FEE

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THE MAYNARD BAR THE CIRCLE BAR

Have you tried our new bar spaces?

There’s more on offer on our upper floors

Our first floor Circle Bar offers a range of beers, wines and spirits – ideal for catching up with friends during the interval or before the show. On the second floor, The Maynard Bar serves great coffee and wine in a relaxed atmosphere, with spectacular views of the city. 10


WEDNESDAY 18 – SATURDAY 21 JANUARY CAMBRIDGE OPERATIC SOCIETY PRESENTS

Book by THOMAS MEEHAN Music by CHARLES STROUSE Lyrics by MARTIN CHARNIN Original production directed by Martin Charnin. Originally produced by Irwin Meyer, Stephen R. Friedman, Lewis Allen, Alvin Nederlander Associates Inc.,
 The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Icarus Productions.
 Based on “Little Orphan Annie” ® by permission of the Tribune Media Services Inc. Following their NODA award-winning production of Sister Act, CaOS returns to Cambridge Arts Theatre with Annie, the world’s favourite family musical. Set in 1930s New York during the Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery and torment at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Determined to find her real parents, Annie’s luck changes when she is chosen to spend Christmas with the famous billionaire Oliver Warbucks at his grand Manhattan residence. However, the spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas, and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search… With its multiple Tony-winning book and score, this stunning new production includes the unforgettable songs ‘Hard Knock Life’, ‘Easy Street’, ‘I Don’t Need Anything But You’ and ‘Tomorrow’. Don’t miss Annie – you can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll love it! This amateur production is presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LTD. on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of NEW YORK.

WEDNESDAY – SATURDAY, 7.30PM AND SATURDAY, 2.30PM: £18/£23/£28/£33 THURSDAY, 2.30PM: £18/£23/£28 ALL TICKET PRICES INCLUDE A £3 PER-TICKET BOOKING FEE

TO JOIN: SEE PAGE 38 Book if you enjoyed: Sister Act, Oliver!, Oklahoma!

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MONDAY 23 – SATURDAY 28 JANUARY

‘CHUFFING BRILLIANT’ Daily Mail

ANDREW ANTHONY CHRIS DUNN LEWIS FOUNTAIN

GARY LOUIS KAI LUCY EMERICK OWEN

‘EVERY INCH A WHOPPING HIT’ Daily Telegraph

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WINNER! UK THEATRE AWARD BEST TOURING PRODUCTION

DIRECTED BY JACK RYDER

The Full Monty returns to Cambridge after a sell-out week in 2014! The classic film about six, out-of-work, steel workers with nothing to lose took the world by storm and this is your chance to see the story live on stage! Based on his smash hit film and adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy, this hilarious and heartfelt production stars Gary Lucy, Andrew Dunn, Louis Emerick, Chris Fountain, Anthony Lewis and Kai Owen, and is directed by Jack Ryder. Not only has the play been getting standing ovations every night, but it also won the prestigious UK Theatre Award for best touring production. Featuring great songs by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones you really should… drop absolutely everything and book today! Age Guidance:14+ (Contains strong language and sexual references)

MONDAY – SATURDAY, 7.45PM AND SATURDAY, 2.30PM: £18/£28/£33/£38 THURSDAY, 2.30PM: £18/£23/£28/£33 ALL TICKET PRICES INCLUDE A £3 PER-TICKET BOOKING FEE

TO JOIN: SEE PAGE 38 Book if you enjoyed: Calendar Girls, The Full Monty film

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TUESDAY 31 JANUARY – SATURDAY 4 FEBRUARY PRODUCED BY CHEEK BY JOWL IN A CO-PRODUCTION WITH THE BARBICAN, LONDON; LES GÉMEAUX/ SCEAUX/SCÈNE NATIONALE; GRAND THÉÂTRE DE LUXEMBOURG; PICCOLO TEATRO DI MILANO - TEATRO D’EUROPA; CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE THEATER; CENTRO DRAMÁTICO NACIONAL, MADRID (INAEM)

THE WINTER’S TALE By William Shakespeare

Directed by Declan Donnellan  Designed by Nick Ormerod 

‘One of theatre’s most cutting-edge companies’ THE TIMES   

‘Cheek by Jowl brings fresh life to the classics using intense vivid performances like a laser of light to set the text ablaze’  THE GUARDIAN 

TUESDAY – FRIDAY, 7.45PM SATURDAY, 2.30PM AND 8PM:

One of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, The Winter’s Tale, though written at the same period as The Tempest, smashes all the rules that The Tempest follows. Unity of time, place and action are hurled aside as we range across Europe, from court to country, from high tragedy to low comedy, across a time span of sixteen years.  

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The Winter’s Tale tells of a delusional and paranoid king who tears his family apart. But this is the new Shakespeare, after he completed his great tragedies, and the tough struggle for redemption yields flickers of hope. Initial darkness gives way to joy as Time leads the characters to a shattering conclusion... 

£18/£28/£33 ALL TICKET PRICES INCLUDE A £3 PER-TICKET BOOKING FEE PRE-SHOW TALK: WED 1 FEB 6.30PM BOOKING ESSENTIAL ON 01223 503333

Book if you enjoyed: ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore, Ubu Roi, Macbeth

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WEDNESDAY 8 – SATURDAY 11 FEBRUARY THE MARLOWE SOCIETY PRESENT

EDWARD II By Christopher Marlowe

‘All live to die, and rise to fall’

Son to an impressive father, husband to a passionate queen, King Edward II struggles to find his own voice amidst the clamour of stronger personalities in the English court. Despite the disapproval of his nobles, he finds consolation in his relationship with the low-born Piers Gaveston, often choosing his pleasures with Gaveston over the responsibilities of his position. When his queen and nobles unite against Gaveston, Edward must decide how far he is willing to go to assert his own will in the face of hostile resistance.

WEDNESDAY – SATURDAY, 7.45PM AND SATURDAY, 2.30PM: £18/£23/£28 THURSDAY, 2.30PM: £18/£23 ALL TICKET PRICES INCLUDE A £3 PER-TICKET BOOKING FEE

In Edward II, Christopher Marlowe masterfully depicts the conflict between personal and political, in which duty wars with desire and even a king’s wishes must yield to the demands of state. Christopher Marlowe’s gripping drama of deceit and responsibility is brought vividly to life by the Marlowe Society, Cambridge University’s leading drama society. The Marlowe return to Cambridge Arts Theatre after their recent acclaimed productions of Measure for Measure and Dr Faustus; it has been responsible for launching the careers of some of Britain’s greatest actors including Ian McKellen, Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston and Derek Jacobi.

TO JOIN: SEE PAGE 38 Book if you enjoyed: Measure for Measure, Doctor Faustus

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MONDAY 13 – SATURDAY 18 FEBRUARY

KARA TOINTON KEITH ALLEN WITH

RUPERT YOUNG

A PLAY BY

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PATRICK HAMILTON


‘A SUPERBLY GRIPPING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER’ THE DAILY TELEGRAPH One of the greatest thrillers of all time comes to Cambridge, starring the highly acclaimed stage and television actress Kara Tointon. Patrick Hamilton’s Gaslight is a masterpiece of suspenseful playwriting that will have you on the edge of your seat. While Jack Manningham is out on the town each evening, his wife Bella is home alone. She can’t explain the disappearance of familiar objects, the mysterious footsteps overhead or the ghostly flickering of the living room gaslight – is she losing her mind? Does the terror exist in her imagination or are dark secrets living in her home? The arrival of a retired detective leads to a shocking discovery that will shake her respectable Victorian marriage to its core. Kara Tointon has received universal critical acclaim for her West End performance of Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, further stage credits include the West End revivals of Alan Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends and Relatively Speaking. Her television credits include winning the 2013 series of Strictly Come Dancing, Mr Selfridge and The Sound of Music Live! Casting includes Rupert Young who is best known for portraying Sir Leon in the BBC drama series Merlin and Keith Allen, direct from the highly acclaimed West End production of Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming. In the tradition of heavyweight thrillers from Hitchcock, Christie or Priestley, Gaslight is a genre-defining, sensationally elegant masterpiece. A definitive seat-gripping drama which is not to be missed and a tense, hugely satisfying evening of great British theatre.

Directed by Anthony Banks Set & Costume Design by David Woodhead Lighting Design by Howard Hudson

Composition and Sound Design by Ben and Max Ringham

MONDAY – SATURDAY, 7.45PM AND SATURDAY, 2.30PM: £18/£28/£33/£38 THURSDAY, 2.30PM: £18/£23/£28/£33 ALL TICKET PRICES INCLUDE A £3 PER-TICKET BOOKING FEE

TO JOIN: SEE PAGE 38 Book if you enjoyed: An Inspector Calls, After Miss Julie, Rebecca

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MONDAY 20 – TUESDAY 21 FEBRUARY

RICHARD ALSTON DANCE COMPANY Tangent Isthmus Remix Holderlin Fragments Nomadic

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Martin Lawrance’s Tangent. Photo by Chris Nash

Richard Alston Dance Company return to the Arts Theatre with a knock-out programme of superbly skilled choreography to music from all over the world.

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In his brand-new Tangent, Martin Lawrance explores the vivid accents and attack of Tango. Four couples, intertwined but shifting and subtly syncopating, glide through the Four Seasons of Buenos Aires by Tango master Piazzolla, played live by Jason Ridgway on piano. Alston’s Isthmus Remix and Holderlin Fragments explore contrasting pieces of music by Japanese composer Jo Kondo and Benjamin Britten respectively. The closing piece Nomadic mixes Asian-influenced traditional Romany singing with the toughness of an urban beat. To explore the interaction between gypsy music and urban sound, Alston has collaborated with hip-hop choreographer Ajani Johnson-Goffe.

‘Forget Strictly - come see these wonderful dancers in exhilarating form’ THE HERALD (on the premiere of Tangent)

***** ‘Nomadic joins the A-list’ LONDON DANCE MONDAY - TUESDAY, 7.45PM: £23/£28/£33 ALL TICKET PRICES INCLUDE A £3 PER-TICKET BOOKING FEE PRE-SHOW TALK: MON 20 FEB, 6.45PM BOOKING ESSENTIAL ON 01223 503333

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WEDNESDAY 22 – SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY STEPHEN JOSEPH THEATRE, SCARBOROUGH, IN ASSOCIATION WITH YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE, PRESENTS

HHHH ‘Darkly funny’ THE OBSERVER

‘The theatrical Titan’s 1987 futuristic hit displays an eerie prescience’ THE TELEGRAPH

Sometime, in the not-too-distant future, composer Jerome struggles vainly to complete his life’s masterwork about love. With the help of a deranged android childminder, Jerome hatches a cunning plan to retrieve his source of artistic inspiration, his beloved daughter Geain, from her mother, his hostile estranged ex-wife. But the best laid plans of men and mechanical women... A new revival directed by the author, Alan Ayckbourn’s classic comedy was first produced in Scarborough in 1987 and subsequently at the Vaudeville Theatre, London in 1988, starring Ian McKellen and Jane Asher, where it won the Evening Standard Best Comedy award. Age guidance: 12+

WEDNESDAY – SATURDAY, 7.45PM AND SATURDAY, 2.30PM: £18/£23/£28/£33 THURSDAY, 2.30PM: £18/£23/£28 ALL TICKET PRICES INCLUDE A £3 PER-TICKET BOOKING FEE

Book if you enjoyed: Surprises, Confusions, Communicating Doors

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WEDNESDAY 1 – SATURDAY 4 MARCH THE ORIGINAL THEATRE COMPANY AND THEATRE ROYAL BURY ST EDMUNDS PRESENT

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Elizabeth Boag

Emily Bowker

“SHARPLY OBSERVED BITTERSWEET COMEDY” STAGE REVIEW

With the recession biting hard, Emily and Oliver have decided to downsize and shift their middle-class London lifestyle into a small town in the north of England. One night they open their doors and invite their next door neighbours, Dawn and Alan, into their home. Over the course of a disastrous evening of olives, anchovies, Karl Marx and abstract art, class and culture collide where the consequences are as tragic as they are hilarious! This ‘riotously funny’ production is brought to you by one of the most exciting playwrights to emerge since Alan Ayckbourn, Torben Betts, and produced by the award-winning Original Theatre Company (Birdsong, Night Must Fall, Three Men in a Boat). Age guidance: 12+

Graeme Brookes Alastair Whatley

WEDNESDAY – SATURDAY, 7.45PM AND SATURDAY, 2.30PM: £18/£23/£28/£33 THURSDAY, 2.30PM: £18/£23/£28 ALL TICKET PRICES INCLUDE A £3 PER-TICKET BOOKING FEE

Book if you enjoyed: Three Men in a Boat, classic Alan Ayckbourn

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TUESDAY 7 – SATURDAY 11 MARCH AN ENGLISH TOURING THEATRE AND ROSE THEATRE KINGSTON CO-PRODUCTION

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Sheila Reid

‘Razor sharp witty one-liners and intelligent humour’ WHATSONSTAGE on Sandi Toksvig’s Bully Boy

HHHH ‘Toksvig’s script is both witty and heartfelt’ SUNDAY TELEGRAPH on Sandi Toksvig’s Bully Boy

Starring Sheila Reid, Joanna Monro, Amanda Walker, Rachel Davies and Maggie McCarthy On one dark and stormy night in the upper day room of the Silver Retirement Home, five elderly ladies are trading stories of their remarkable lives. With the storm floods rising and no rescue team in sight, the ladies are faced with the sudden realisation that in order to survive they are going to have to do what they have done for their entire lives – do it themselves! Silver Lining is a hilarious new comedy by writer, actor, presenter and political activist Sandi Toksvig. It tells the tale of five extraordinary yet forgotten women, who come together one treacherous night to recreate The Great Escape – senior citizen style!

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This World Premiere production of Silver Lining is brought to the stage by English Touring Theatre and the Rose Theatre Kington. ETT’s recent work includes Terence Rattigan’s French Without Tears (★★★★ ‘A hoot of an evening’ The Times) and Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited (★★★★ The Daily Mail).

TUESDAY – SATURDAY, 7.45PM AND SATURDAY, 2.30PM: £18/£23/£28/£33 THURSDAY, 2.30PM: £18/£23/£28 ALL TICKET PRICES INCLUDE A £3 PER-TICKET BOOKING FEE PRE-SHOW TALK: TUE 7 MAR, 6.30PM BOOKING ESSENTIAL ON 01223 503333 POST-SHOW TALK: WED 8 MAR, 7.45PM CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: THUR 9 MAR, 7.45PM AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: SAT 11 MAR, 2.30PM Touch tour available.

Book if you enjoyed: Handbagged, Travels with my Aunt

BOX OFFICE: 01223 503333

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Starring Linda Bassett, Deborah Findlay, Kika Markham and June Watson Direct from London and New York, don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the critically acclaimed new play by Caryl Churchill, one of our greatest and most inventive living playwrights.

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Three old friends and a neighbour. A summer of afternoons in the back yard. Tea and catastrophe. Directed by James Macdonald (The Father), Escaped Alone is the latest play from a celebrated writer whose work includes The Skriker, Light Shining In Buckinghamshire, A Number, Far Away, Blue Heart, Serious Money, Top Girls and Cloud Nine. Design by award-winning Miriam Buether, lighting by Olivier Award winner Peter Mumford and sound by Tony Award winner Christopher Shutt. Age Guidance: 14+

AND SATURDAY, 2.30PM: £18/£23/£28/£33 THURSDAY, 2.30PM: £18/£23/£28 ALL TICKET PRICES INCLUDE A £3 PER-TICKET BOOKING FEE POST-SHOW TALK: WED 15 MAR, 7.45PM BSL PERFORMANCE: THUR 16 MAR, 7.45PM

TO JOIN: SEE PAGE 38 Book if you enjoyed: Constellations, The Father, Good Grief

BOX OFFICE: 01223 503333

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TUESDAY 21 – SATURDAY 25 MARCH ENGLISH TOURING THEATRE IN ASSOCIATION WITH NICA BURNS, ELEANOR LLOYD PRODUCTIONS AND PAULA MARIE BLACK PRESENT THE SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE PRODUCTION OF

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‘Gloriously funny and touching…a right royal treat’ THE TELEGRAPH TUESDAY – SATURDAY, 7.45PM AND SATURDAY, 2.30PM: £18/£23/£28/£33 THURSDAY, 2.30PM: £18/£23/£28 ALL TICKET PRICES INCLUDE A £3 PER-TICKET BOOKING FEE

Winner of the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, Jessica Swale’s blissfully funny Nell Gwynn embarks on its first ever UK tour, direct from critically acclaimed, sell-out runs in the West End and at the Globe Theatre. 1660 Drury Lane. Charles II has cast off London’s drab, puritanical past with a love of all things loud, French and sexy. A young Nell Gwynn is selling oranges for sixpence in London’s burgeoning West End theatre scene. Little does she know who is in the audience one fateful night.

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Jessica Swale’s warm-hearted, bawdy comedy tells the story of an unlikely heroine, who went from lowly orange seller to win the adoration of the public and the heart of the King. Starring Olivier Award nominated actress Laura Pitt-Pulford, Nell Gwynn is brought to the stage by English Touring Theatre.

PRE-SHOW TALK: TUE 21 MAR 6.30PM BOOKING ESSENTIAL ON 01223 503333 POST-SHOW TALK: WED 22 MAR, 7.45PM CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: THUR 23 MAR, 7.45PM AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: SAT 25 MAR, 2.30PM Touch tour available.

Book if you enjoyed: Anne Boleyn, Eternal Love

BOX OFFICE: 01223 503333

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WINNER! BEST NEW COMEDY OLIVIER AWARDS 2016

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MONDAY 27 MARCH - SATURDAY 8 APRIL KENNY WAX LTD IN ASSOCIATION WITH CAMBRIDGE ARTS THEATRE & BRISTOL OLD VIC PRESENT THE BELGRADE THEATRE COVENTRY’S PRODUCTION OF

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TO A WEST END SEASON

PREVIEW: MONDAY 27 MAR, 7.45PM: ALL TICKETS £18 TUESDAY 28 MAR - SATURDAY 8 APR, 7.45PM

La Strada ‘The Road’, a metaphor for life, is a deeply impassioned tale of love and loss, set against the backdrop of a country still reeling from the devastating effects of the Second World War. We journey into the heart of the Italian countryside where Gelsomina, full of the innocent spirit of youth, is bought by Zampanò, a travelling street performer, to join his cheap ‘strong man’ act. When the mismatched pair stumble across a ragtag circus and a daredevil tight-rope walker, Gelsomina finds herself caught between the two men, not knowing which way to turn… Frederico Fellini’s Oscar-winning La Strada is one of the all-time masterpieces of world cinema. This musical adaptation is directed by Olivier Award nominee Sally Cookson (Jane Eyre & Peter Pan National Theatre, Hetty Feather West End) and boasts a beautiful new score by Benji Bower with songs performed by an international cast of actor musicians. Moving between the dazzling lights of the circus and the bare landscapes of rural Italy, this production of La Strada promises to be a theatrical feast for all the senses.

AND SATURDAY 1 & SATURDAY 8 APR, 2.30PM: £18/£23/£28/£33 THURSDAY 30 MAR & THURSDAY 6 APR, 2.30PM: £18/£23/£28 SUNDAY 2 APR: NO PERFORMANCES ALL TICKET PRICES INCLUDE A £3 PER-TICKET BOOKING FEE

TO JOIN: SEE PAGE 38 Book if you enjoyed: Rebecca, The 39 Steps, Brief Encounter

BOX OFFICE: 01223 503333

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MONDAY 10 – SATURDAY 15 APRIL THEATRE ROYAL BATH PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS

AMANDA ABBINGTON (SHERLOCK, MR SELFRIDGE) STARS IN

Abigail’s Party BY MIKE LEIGH ‘Brilliantly cringe-making’ MAIL ON SUNDAY

‘Pricelessly funny and painfully accurate’ TIME OUT

40TH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION: PRIOR TO WEST END It’s been forty years since the appalling Beverly first put Donna Summer on the turntable, stacked a plate with little cheese and pineapple sticks, plied her guests with alcohol, cigarettes and Demis Roussos and slow-danced her way across the shag-pile into theatrical history. The drinks party from hell begins when Beverly and her estate agent husband Laurence invite round their new neighbours, Tony and Ange, along with the nervous divorcee Sue, who is jittery about the bash her teenage daughter Abigail is throwing down the road. As that party gets out of hand, this one too descends into chaos, and comedy, drama and tragedy combine into an iconic piece of theatre. Hilarious and horribly compelling, Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party is an undisputed classic. Amanda Abbington is best-known for playing Mary Morstan in Sherlock, Miss Mardle in Mr Selfridge and DS Jo Moffat in Cuffs.

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Director Sarah Esdaile’s productions include Talking Heads for Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Death of a Salesman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Deep Blue Sea for West Yorkshire Playhouse.

‘A sharp, satirical play that remains as painfully funny as ever’ THE TIMES

‘A great play’ DAILY MAIL

MONDAY – SATURDAY, 7.45PM AND SATURDAY, 2.30PM: £23/£33/£38/£42 THURSDAY, 2.30PM: £23/£28/£33/£38 ALL TICKET PRICES INCLUDE A £3 PER-TICKET BOOKING FEE POST-SHOW TALK: TUE 11 APR, 7.45PM

TO JOIN: SEE PAGE 38 Book if you enjoyed: Grief, Bad Jews, Clybourne Park

BOX OFFICE: 01223 503333

www.cambridgeartstheatre.com


MONDAY 17 – SATURDAY 22 APRIL

BEST NEW COMEDY WINNER WHATSONSTAGE.COM AWARD 2014

WINNER OLIVIER AWARD 2015

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Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off in this multi award-winning West End smash hit comedy, returning to Cambridge after the success of 2015’s Peter Pan Goes Wrong. The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does! As the accident prone thesps battle on against all the odds to reach their final curtain call, hilarious results ensue! Hailed as ‘a gut-busting hit’ by the New York Times, Mischief Theatre’s sell-out West End comedy has won a host of celebrity endorsements, from the likes of Joanna Lumley (“We laughed until the tears ran down our faces, it has to be seen”) to Ant & Dec (“The funniest show we’ve seen! If you can get a ticket, go!”). Don’t miss this brilliantly funny comedy that’s guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter!

MONDAY – SATURDAY, 7.45PM AND SATURDAY, 2,30PM: £18/£23/£28/£33 THURSDAY, 2.30PM: £18/£23/£28 ALL TICKET PRICES INCLUDE A £3 PER-TICKET BOOKING FEE AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: SAT 22 APR, 2.30PM Touch tour available.

TO JOIN: SEE PAGE 38 Book if you enjoyed: Peter Pan Goes Wrong, Noises Off

BOX OFFICE: 01223 503333

www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

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TUESDAY 25 – SATURDAY 29 APRIL

ENGLISH TOURING OPERA

TOSCA BY PUCCINI

Tuesday 25, Friday 28 & Saturday 29 April Sung in Italian with English surtitles Puccini’s Tosca is one of the world’s best-loved operas, brimming with lust, corruption and intrigue. When the firebrand revolutionary Cavaradossi is imprisoned, Tosca is faced with an impossible choice: submitting to the desires of the sadistic chief of police, or letting her lover be executed.

PATIENCE BY GILBERT & SULLIVAN Wednesday 26 & Thursday 27 April Sung in English with surtitles

An all-singing, all-dancing comedy by the masters of British musical theatre, Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience pokes fun at Victorian society and its stock characters, with willowy poets, sighing maidens and burly officers galore. Expect plenty of tunes and humour as fresh today as it was at the first performance.

ALL 7.30PM: £23/£28/£33/£42 ALL TICKET PRICES INCLUDE A £3 PER-TICKET BOOKING FEE PRE-SHOW TALK: TUE 25, THUR 27 AND SAT 29 APR, ALL AT 6.30PM BOOKING ESSENTIAL ON 01223 503333

Book if you enjoyed: Don Giovanni, La bohéme, HMS Pinafore

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TUESDAY 2 - SATURDAY 6 MAY A ROYAL & DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON PRODUCTION

Willy Loman is not as young as he once was, and boy is he feeling it. After 36 years on the road, this once successful travelling salesman is on the brink of unemployment, can’t pay his bills and has long ago lost the respect of his wife Linda, his family and friends. When their dropout son Biff moves home again, Willy decides to give success one last shot. Can he prove to everyone he’s got what it takes?

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Widely considered to be one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century, Death Of A Salesman is about the cost of not being able to let go of the American Dream. This major touring revival of Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece sees 2016 Tony and Olivier Award nominee Tim PigottSmith (King Charles III) play the iconic role of Willy.

Book if you enjoyed: Of Mice and Men, An Inspector Calls, To Kill a Mockingbird

TUESDAY – SATURDAY, 7.45PM AND SATURDAY, 2.30PM: £18/£28/£33/£38 THURSDAY, 2.30PM: £18/£23/£28/£33 ALL TICKET PRICES INCLUDE A £3 PER-TICKET BOOKING FEE

BOX OFFICE: 01223 503333

www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

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TUESDAY 9 – SATURDAY 13 MAY A NUFFIELD AND CURVE PRODUCTION IN ASSOCIATION WITH LYRIC HAMMERSMITH

Adapted for the stage by Sam Holcroft TUESDAY, 7PM WEDNESDAY, 1.30PM & 7PM

“You know as well as I do: no-one outfoxes a fox!” Boggis, Bunce and Bean, three greedy, smelly, horrid farmers hate the cunning Mr Fox. Mr Fox is smart, clever and rather fantastic, but he doesn’t realise how determined the farmers are to get revenge. Can he hatch a plan to save his family and friends? Can they outrun the diggers and outsmart the farmers? And can Rabbit shut up long enough not to give the game away?

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Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox is family fun at its finest. A juicy tale of greed, pride and the power of friendship, this flagship production for the Roald Dahl centenary celebrations, promises a Dahlicious theatrical feast with live music and songs and gloriumptious designs. A wondercrump treat for the whole family! Suitable for ages 5+

THURSDAY, 10.30AM & 7PM FRIDAY, 7PM SATURDAY, 2PM & 7PM ADULTS: £25 CHILDREN: £18 ALL TICKET PRICES INCLUDE A £3 PER-TICKET BOOKING FEE

Book if you enjoyed: James and the Giant Peach, Gangsta Granny, Hetty Feather

BOX OFFICE: 01223 503333

www.cambridgeartstheatre.com


MONDAY 15 – SATURDAY 20 MAY

THE THRILLING NEW STAGE PLAY FROM THE NO.1 BEST SELLING AUTHOR

Following the huge sell-out success of The Perfect Murder and Dead Simple, the thrilling work of multi-million selling author Peter James returns to Cambridge with the world premiere production of Not Dead Enough. Starring Laura Whitmore, one of the stars of 2016’s Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1 and Stephen Billington, best known for roles on Hollyoaks and Coronation Street, with further casting to be announced. On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife, he was sixty miles away, asleep in bed. At least that’s what he claims. But as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace continues to deal with the mysterious disappearance of his own wife, he starts to dig a little deeper into the chilling murder case and it soon becomes clear that love can be a dangerous thing... Adapted for the stage by award-winning writer Shaun McKenna and directed by Olivier Award winner Ian Talbot, Not Dead Enough is the third novel in Peter James’ award winning Roy Grace series and the third play in his box office smash hit and critically acclaimed stage franchise. Peter has been acclaimed as ‘one of the most fiendishly clever crime fiction plotters’ (Daily Mail) and his brilliant novels have sold over 18 million copies worldwide. He is the 2016 recipient of crime writing’s highest honour, the Diamond Dagger.

Adapted by Shaun McKenna Directed by Ian Talbot MONDAY – SATURDAY, 7.45PM AND SATURDAY, 2.30PM: £23/£33/£38/£42 THURSDAY, 2.30PM: £23/£33/£38 ALL TICKET PRICES INCLUDE A £3 PER-TICKET BOOKING FEE

TO JOIN: SEE PAGE 38 Book if you enjoyed: The Perfect Murder, Dead Simple

BOX OFFICE: 01223 503333

www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

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MONDAY 22 – SATURDAY 27 MAY A CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE PRODUCTION

A new play by

ALISTAIR BEATON

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JAMES BOLAM

Deerland Energy’s plans to drill for shale gas in the pretty village of Fenstock are going well. The company is looking at big profits, they can count on the support of university departments funded by the energy companies, and Councillor Pilbeam, Chair of the Planning Committee, seems to be open to lucrative offers. The only slight snag is a ragged band of protestors, reluctantly led by retired academic, Elizabeth Blackwood. Surely she’s just another ‘mad old biddy’, as she’s characterised by ruthless PR guru Joe Selby? This new razor-sharp black comedy by Alistair Beaton takes a timely look at the conflicted core of planetary energy and earthly power. A much-praised political satirist, Beaton’s television work includes the BAFTA-nominated The Trial of Tony Blair and Spitting Image, and plays such as his revised version of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.

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The distinguished cast includes James Bolam, whose recent television work includes Cold Feet series II and New Tricks, and Anne Reid, acclaimed for her many award-winning roles in theatre, television and film including Hedda Gabler (Old Vic), Last Tango in Halifax and Dinnerladies (BBC).

ANNE REID MONDAY – SATURDAY, 7.45PM AND SATURDAY, 2.30PM: £18/£28/£33/£38 THURSDAY, 2.30PM: £18/£23/£28/£33 ALL TICKET PRICES INCLUDE A £3 PER-TICKET BOOKING FEE

Book if you enjoyed: The Absence of War, The Duck House

BOX OFFICE: 01223 503333

www.cambridgeartstheatre.com


MONDAY 12 - SATURDAY 17 JUNE A NATIONAL THEATRE PRODUCTION

MY COUNTRY; A WORK IN PROGRESS in the words of people across the UK and Carol Ann Duffy In the days after the EU referendum, the National Theatre began a nationwide listening project. A team of interviewers spoke to people around the country – from Leicester to Londonderry and Merthyr Tydfil to Glasgow – to hear their views of the country and town they live in, their lives, their future, and the referendum. Using exact words taken from the interviews, My Country puts those conversations centre stage. Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, collaborates with Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, to create this new production which opens in London before playing at venues around the country. Created in collaboration with eight UK arts organisations in association with Cusack Projects Limited.

MONDAY – SATURDAY, 7.45PM AND SATURDAY, 2.30PM: £18/£23/£28/£33 THURSDAY 2.30PM: £18/£23/£28 ALL TICKET PRICES INCLUDE A £3 PER-TICKET BOOKING FEE

TO JOIN: SEE PAGE 38 Book if you enjoyed: The Absence of War, The History Boys, Grief

BOX OFFICE: 01223 503333

www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

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education Cambridge Arts Theatre has a diverse range of shows which will supplement and support the national school curriculum. We offer a variety of activities and materials, to support the performances, so the experience doesn’t end with the final curtain.

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Thur 1 Dec 2016 – Sun 8 Jan 2017 Hearing the streets are paved with gold, our down-on-his-luck hero Dick Whittington sets off to London, with his trusty cat, in search of fame, fortune, adventure and… true love! Join us on this magical adventure which is purr-fect for your school. With a cross-curriculum resource pack, workshops, help with transport and a lunch room to help you make the most of your theatre trip, this is an experience you cannot miss! Suitable for ages 1-101!

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THE WINTER’S TALE

Tue 31 Jan - Sat 4 Feb One of Shakespeare’s finest examples of tragicomedy is brought to the stage in Cheek by Jowl’s vivid and explosive style. To accompany this production there is a resource pack, live recording and workshop. Suitable for ages 14+

EDWARD II

Wed 8 - Sat 11 Feb Christopher Marlowe’s gripping drama of deceit and responsibility is one the first English history plays ever written. Brought alive by Cambridge University’s Marlowe Society, there are a range of resources available to deepen students understanding of the play, including a teachers pack and workshops. Suitable for ages 12+

RICHARD ALSTON DANCE COMPANY

Mon 20 - Tue 21 Feb The award-winning company dance company return with three exquisite pieces set against music from around the world. Richard Alston Dance Company will be offering a resource pack, pre-show talk and workshops ideal for dance students. Suitable for ages 12+

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The Winter’s Tale

Wednesday 1 Feb, 6.30pm

Richard Alston Dance Company

Monday 20 Feb, 6.45pm

Silver Lining Nell Gwynn

Tuesday 7 Mar, 6.30pm

English Touring Opera

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Tuesday 21 Mar, 6.30pm

Silver Lining

Wednesday 8 Mar, 7.45pm

Nell Gwynn

Wednesday 22 Mar, 7.45pm

Escaped Alone Abigail’s Party

Wednesday 15 Mar, 7.45pm Tuesday 11 Apr, 7.45pm

Tuesday 25, Thursday 27

& Saturday 29 Apr, 6.30pm

If you would like to discuss the educational resources for any of the shows featured in the brochure please contact Victoria Willingale, Marketing and Education Officer on 01223 578912 or email at vwillingale@cambridgeartstheatre.com.


MONDAY 13 – FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY

half-term drama workshops

A week of workshops designed to inspire imaginations. Come along and learn new skills, build confidence and make friends. Monday 13 February, 10am – 12pm

Ages 5-6

£15

UNKNOWN WORLDS – In this workshop anything is possible as children create their own magical worlds and share them with the rest of the group on an adventure that could lead anywhere!

Monday 13 February, 2pm – 4pm

Ages 7-10

£15

BRINGING TEXT ALIVE – Looking at poems, plays and stories the group will work together to create lively performances.

Tuesday 14 February, 10am – 12pm

Ages 7-10

£15

DANCE – A fun and exciting dance workshop learning new skills and routines to popular music.

Wednesday 15 February, 10am –12pm

Ages 11-13

£15

ADAPTATION – Participants bring either their most-loved, or least favourite, story (from books, films or video games) to discover ways to bring them alive!

Thursday 16 February, 10am – 12pm

Ages 14-15

£15

DEVISING – Using found objects we will create three short pieces of devised work exploring different techniques.

Friday 17 February, 10am – 2pm

Ages 16+

£20

TO SCRIPT OR NOT TO SCRIPT? – Investigating ways of creating new performance styles perfect for young directors and writers.

For more information and to book a place on the workshop, please contact the Box Office on 01223 503333 or email Victoria Willingale: vwillingale@cambridgeartstheatre.com All workshop fees go directly to our Panto Wheels scheme which helps bring children from disadvantaged backgrounds to see our pantomime. Please visit our website for more information on Panto Wheels.

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how to book Following the redevelopment of our Foyer spaces, we now have a new permanent entrance on St Edward’s Passage, where you will find the Arts Theatre Box Office. Please visit us during opening hours to pick up tickets, book for future performances or talk to us about the season. ONLINE

Book online at www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

IN PERSON

Monday to Saturday, 12noon – 8pm including Bank Holidays.

BY TELEPHONE

Monday – Saturday, 12noon – 8pm on 01223 503333

BOOKING FEE

All tickets for the Arts Theatre include a £3 per-ticket booking fee. The booking fee is essential direct income for the Theatre. Because ticket revenue is divided between many different parties, an increase in ticket prices would not necessarily benefit the Theatre. By charging a booking fee we can ensure that every penny goes directly to the Theatre to help us protect its growth and longevity. Tickets are not refundable unless a performance is cancelled. Exchanges and resales may be made under certain conditions; please contact the Box Office for details of our policy.

REFUNDS & EXCHANGES DISCOUNTS

Discounts for customers with disabilities apply to most performances. We also offer discounts on certain performances for over 65’s, groups and schools. Please note there are no discounts on the lowest price seats. Only one discount applies and all discounts are subject to availability. Please check with the Box Office at time of booking for available discounts.

SUPPORTERS’ CIRCLE

Starting from just £5 per month, our Ensemble level members receive: • Priority booking periods - offering the best chance to secure your favourite seats • Regular bar offers and discounts for all shows • Ticket offers on selected shows throughout the year • Free ticket exchange

Our Supporters’ Circle scheme offers a range of levels with a sliding scale of discounts, offers, events and involvement

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Higher levels also receive: • Complimentary programmes and tickets throughout the year • Invitations to our meet-the-cast drinks receptions • Private backstage tours and invitations to our glittering events • Dedicated hotline to bypass Box Office queues • Your chosen seats held for all shows

Email joinus@cambridgeartstheatre.com or call the Box Office on 01223 503333 For information on our higher levels, please call Laura Rico on 01223 578935


access

The Arts Theatre aims to care for every patron as an individual, on a one to one basis. There are parking spaces for customers with disabilities in 4 locations near the Theatre: 4 on Peas Hill; 2 in Wheeler Street; 7 in King’s Parade and 36 in Grand Arcade car park. If you have mobility requirements, please advise the Box Office when booking tickets so we are able to allocate you the correct space. Mobility scooters cannot be accommodated inside the building. We have four house wheelchairs available for use during all performances. We have a Sennheiser infra-red hearing enhancement system, designed to help DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING patrons both without hearing aids, and for those who have hearing aids with a ‘T’ setting. We are also able to provide headsets and personal induction loops. If you have never used one before, we recommend arriving at the Theatre early so that our Front of House staff can explain how they work. Some of our performances are BSL INTERPRETED. The British Sign Language interpreter will stand to the right of the stage, where they will interpret dialogue, as it is spoken. We also programme CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES; words will appear, as they are spoken or whenever a sound is made, on a screen positioned above or to the side of the stage. For patrons who are BLIND OR VISUALLY-IMPAIRED, we can provide large print cast lists on request. Guide dogs are welcome in the auditorium, please inform Box Office at time of booking, so that they can allocate the relevant ticket. We programme a number of AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES throughout the year; the describer will explain what is happening, visually, on stage throughout the performance and this is relayed through a headset. A pre-show touch tour of the set is often available. We also offer RELAXED PERFORMANCES, specifically designed to welcome people with an autism spectrum condition, learning disability and sensory or communication disorders, and families with very young children.

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