Autumn Season Announced
Thu 17 May 2012
With 67 show applications, Autumn
2012 has been the most hotly-contested season ever. Over the last
week, we've been reading applications and meeting teams that want
to put shows on here and have deliberated for hours to put together
an incredibly varied programme which we are excited to finally
Theatre Manager Ben Hosford says, "The volume, range and quality of applications that we saw was astounding and there were some tough decisions! I am really looking forward to next term."
We open the season with returning tours: CAST's Anthony and Cleopatra; the Footlights' Tour Show; and the Pembroke Players' Macbeth; as well as several productions from the Edinburgh Fringe: The Complex: Oedipus & Electra; Interruption; and comedy from I am, I am, and Beard.
New shows begin with the Marlowe Society's riotous production of Jonson's Bartholomew Fair, which is soon followed by something completely different: When the Rain Stops Falling, an intricate and lyrical piece following a family tragedy across time through four generations. The lateshow slot continues to draw innovative new projects, including student writing such as Post and Far Away from the Watering Hole; an explosive two-hander, Disco Pigs; and the beautiful stage adaptation of Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber, part of the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club's new season.
Hamish Greer, President of the CUADC, said "It was great to see so many applications seeking our funding and it was hard to choose which shows to support. We are thrilled to present the Cambridge premiere of the award-winning Enron, and the world's first stage adaptation of Sophie Scholl as our mainshow dramas. The Last Five Years, by the legendary off-Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown, will be an exciting musical for the Playroom before we introduce you to the iciest diva in town - and this year's panto - The Snow Queen, from the writers of Bereavement: The Musical and The Orphanarium of Erthing Worthing."
Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society are also delighted to be funding a production of the hit musical Cabaret, the celebrated adaptation of Christopher Isherwood's short novel.
Fletcher Players President, Max Upton, says "We have the most delicious Playroom programme yet. The watchword would seem to be 'variety' - we cover the classics: Macbeth and Coriolanus; and then launch headlong into the student premieres of such modern works as The Apocalypse Bear Trilogy and Me, As A Penguin."
The Playroom continues to champion new writing, with The Red Soil as week 4 mainshow, and seven out of nine lateshows being performed for the first time, from the brand new sketch show Faces to the night of divine decadence that is Burlesque! Autumn 2012 will also feature the first ever Playroom Freshers' Show, to go alongside those at the Theatre.
With the CUADC presenting a series of rehearsed readings of student writing at the ADC Theatre, plans for workshops, the re-launch of the Marlowe Society, and the number of shows scheduled, Autumn 2012 will certainly be busy.
CAST 2012: Antony and
Footlights Tour Show 2012: Perfect Strangers
Beard / I am, I am
When the Rain Stops Falling
The Bloody Chamber
Far Away from the Watering Hole
The Snow Queen
If You Please
The Complex: Oedipus and
The Last Five Years
The Apocalypse Bear Trilogy
Pop Not Broth
The Red Soil
Did You Say No Though?
The RSC/Marlowe Society Other Prize
Me, as a Penguin