Our Spring Season is now on sale! Our Theatre Manager, Vicky Collins, gives us a preview of what's to come...
‘Old stories are like old friends… You have to visit them from time to time.’
When introducing each season I tend to draw on the works of theatre makers for inspiration, but for this season the words of living legend George R. R. Martin seem far too apt. This is a season full of ‘old friends’. We will be revisiting classics and bringing familiar stories to the stage in new ways. However, what excites me most about working in the ADC Theatre and Corpus Playroom is the new work our students create. In addition to familiar stories, we have a spectacular array of new student writing for you to sample in our Spring Season. Whatever your tastes, I am sure you will find something for you!
At the start of the student term, we bring to the stage the nation’s favourite play, Alan Bennett’s The History Boys. Following eight bright but rowdy upper-sixth boys as they apply to Cambridge, this production has even greater relevance when performed by University of Cambridge students. Later in the season, we have another modern classic of particular relevance in Cambridge: Douglas Adams’s utterly bizarre and weirdly wonderful Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. An alumnus of the ADC Theatre himself, Douglas Adams’s novel has been adapted for the stage by James Gross and Arvind Ethan David, and takes us from modern day Cambridge to the creation of the Universe and back again.
We are incredibly lucky at the ADC to be working with some of the most talented Musical Theatre performers in Cambridge. Our spring musical season takes on the theme of stories retold. We begin with She Loves Me, a warm and romantic story based on the 1937 play Parfumerie that is considered by many to be the most charming musical ever written. Later in the season we have cult favourite, Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, which infuses H. G. Wells’s story with a rock orchestra. Omigod You Guys, our season closes with award-winning, laugh-out-loud musical Legally Blonde! Adapted from the 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon, this feminist masterpiece takes us from the sorority house, to lavish Malibu golf courses and the hallowed halls of Harvard Law School.
This season, 40% of our applications took the form of new student writing and I am delighted that we have a season so full of new work. Our Playroom season opens with Bastard. The third play written by student Billie Collins to be produced in our venues, this one-man show explores fatherhood and inheritance. At the ADC Theatre we have Northern Irish farce, Grave Concern. Written by student Connor Rowlett, this play is Sean O’Casey meets Martin McDonagh. We close our Playroom season with an exploration of the apocalyptic. The Unbelievable Ending of the World uses projection, puppetry and paranoia to tell the story of a person living through climate disaster.
From Shakespearean tragedy to modern classics, stories retold to new tales, we have a full and exciting season ahead of us. Whether it is an ‘old friend’ you are after or a completely new story, our season will cater for you. We have settled in to our newly refurbished home here at the ADC Theatre and cannot wait to welcome you through our doors once more.
Our Spring Season is now on sale. You can buy tickets online or call our Box Office on 01223 300085.