About the ADC Theatre

We are a department of the University of Cambridge, and are the oldest University playhouse in the country. The ADC Theatre is the centre of University drama in Cambridge, run almost entirely by students with no Faculty involvement. 

We aim to provide opportunities to experience and learn about all aspects of theatre, while presenting professional standard productions. The ADC Theatre has helped to launch the careers of many theatre luminaries, including Sir Ian McKellen, Rachel Weisz and Emma Thompson.

Resident Companies

There are several student companies resident in the ADC Theatre including: Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club, Footlights, Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society and the Fletcher Players.


The ADC Theatre is Britain's oldest University playhouse. Plays have been presented on the site since 1855. Find out more about our wonderful history here.


Meet Leo and Vera

In David Morley’s play ‘A Cold Supper Behind Harrods’, two of the four characters - Leo Marks and Vera Atkins were real people - secret agents working in Special Operations Executive during WW2. Martin Woodruff and Trish Peroni, actors playing these characters, have delved into their past and tell us something about their role during the war and what it’s like to portray someone who existed not so long ago.

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