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.


Staging Danai Gurira's 'The Convert' in Black History Month | An Interview with Director Dami Laoye

October is Black History Month, and from Tuesday 22 to Saturday 26 October we are proud to be staging Danai Gurira’s ‘The Convert’, starring the largest all-black cast the ADC Theatre has seen. In this interview, Director Dami Laoye discusses the play’s importance to the present day and what he hopes a modern audience will take from its compelling interrogation of a pivotal point in colonial history.

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