In this blog post, incoming Theatre Manager Jamie Rycroft reveals what the Autumn 2019 season has in store.
This Autumn Season kicks off with the home runs of two productions which have been touring across the USA. Our first ADC Mainshow is The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare's classic farce about long-lost identical twins getting confused with each other. At 11pm that same week, we have our first ADC Lateshow of the season with Look Alive!, the sketch show performed by renowned comedy group the Cambridge Footlights.
This season's Mainshow highlights also include The Convert, the latest play by Black Panther actress Danai Gurira, telling a powerful story of colonialism in 19th-century Zimbabwe, as well as Ira Levin's Deathtrap, the longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway. The classic musical Chicago livens up the middle of term with its razzle-dazzle music, dancing, and All That Jazz.
Our ADC Lateshows this season include student-written musicals Unexpected Item in the Bagging Area and Rust, Halloween drag show Things That Go Bump N' Grind In The Night, and fortnightly Footlights Smokers, where student comedians get the opportunity to perform their latest sketches and stand-up.
Our companion venue the Corpus Playroom has an intimate black-box stage and only 80 seats, making it the perfect place for fringe-style theatre and comedy, and this Autumn season has a broad variety of shows ranging from George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion to Mike Bartlett's Cock. Whether you want to see a comedic retelling of The Hound of the Baskervilles, or the latest student writing with Electric Candles and Big Boys Don't Cry, the Playroom is the home of the cutting-edge in theatre.
We want to ensure that theatre is available for everyone to get involved, and there is no better way to become involved with student theatre than to be a part of one of the three Freshers' Plays: Nell Gwynn and The Bloody Chamber at the ADC Theatre, and Beautiful Thing at the Corpus Playroom. These plays promise you a glimpse of Cambridge's newest theatrical talents.
Finally, it wouldn't be Autumn in Cambridge without the return of the CUADC/Footlights Pantomime, the student-written show that has been the launchpad for Mitchell and Webb, Mel and Sue, and many more. This year's Panto is Red Riding Hood, giving a new spin on the classic fairytale.
Whether you are watching a show, taking part backstage, or enjoying our late-night bar, the ADC Theatre is the hub for the arts in Cambridge, and we look forward to welcoming you here.
The Autumn 2019 Season will go on sale at 1pm tomorrow (Thursday 18 July). Tickets will be available online, over the phone and at the box office.