Our Autumn Season goes on sale Friday 15 June! Our Theatre Manager, Vicky Collins, gives us a preview of what's to come...
ADC Alumnus and former Artistic Director of the National Theatre Richard Eyre once stated that theatre has become ‘more lively, more questioning, more diverse, more self-critical’. With each new season at the ADC Theatre and Corpus Playroom, the truth of Eyre’s statement becomes increasingly more apparent. As we begin a new era in the ADC Theatre’s history, re-opening our newly renovated theatre, I am delighted to present to you one of our most varied seasons yet!
Our grand re-opening season begins with one of Shakespeare’s final plays, The Tempest. Cambridge American Stage Tour will return to the ADC with the production, drawing on British folk tradition and European Physical Theatre techniques. If it is classics you are craving, we won’t disappoint! Our season is peppered with the greats, from Euripides to Oscar Wilde and Tennessee Williams.
On the other end of the spectrum, we are excited to be continuing our tradition of staging new student writing. Our Playroom Season opens with Ham, Egg & Chips, three short plays written by student Noah Geelan about family and food. Over at the ADC Theatre, RIBS is a part-written, part-devised production, telling the story of cultural resistance in 1950s Soviet Russia. As we get to the end of term, the new musical Cathy: A Retelling of Wuthering Heights takes to the Playroom stage.
Theatre has the potential to introduce audiences to different voices and new perspectives. It is always our aim at the ADC Theatre and Corpus Playroom to represent a wide range of human experience. This season we are proud to be staging a number of Queer Narratives in both venues. We open with Vita & Virginia at the Corpus Playroom, a stunning and intimate play staging the correspondence between lovers Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf. At the ADC Theatre we are reviving Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour. Banned when it was published due to its depiction of female homosexuality, it serves as a powerful reminder of the horrors of intolerance. At the end of term we have the new, confessional-style play The Grindr Diaries a darkly comedic and unflinching exploration of one man’s dating history.
No re-opening would be complete without a few showstoppers. Bringing slick dance sequences and quality tunes to the season, A Chorus Line is our biggest musical of the term. If you are feeling a bit nostalgic, High School Musical may be the show for you. This cheesy Disney extravaganza is a perfect late-night treat. We end the term with our famous CUADC/ Footlights Pantomime. The Gingerbread Man is a treat for all the family, so grab your tickets and join us for a kooky cookie, topsy-turvy, curly-wurly story!
If our new lighting bridges, ventilation and comfy seating aren’t already enough to tempt you, I am sure our line up will do the job! We have verse drama, musicals, circus, devised theatre, sketch comedy and so much more. I hope you are all as excited as the ADC team for the wonders ahead.
Our season launches Friday 15 June at 1pm. You can buy tickets online or call our Box Office on 01223 300085.