Student Applications

Applications are now open for the Michaelmas Season!
Peter Grimes (Photo: Daniel Karaj)
Peter Grimes (Photo: Daniel Karaj)

Applications are now open for the Student Autumn Season!

Key dates:

Thursday 2 May - Applications Open

Thursday 9 May 8pm - Applications Evening | How to Pitch Your Show (ADC Bar)

Thursday 16 May, 11am - Applications Close

Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May - 5 minute pitches

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May - Longer interviews

Wednesday 29 May - You will know the outcome of your application!

Application Form

Please click here to complete your application, using our online form.

Before submitting your application, please read the Applications Guide below.

How to Pitch Your Show

Each applications round we run an evening in the bar where you can talk to the show selection panel and find out a bit more about the process. This is your opportunity to meet the show selection team, talk about your ideas and ask any questions. At the start of the evening the show selection panel will do a brief talk on what to expect and will give advice on how to structure your 5 minute pitch. After this we will be around in the bar for one on one chats where you can ask show specific questions! 

If you can't make the event or would rather have a one-on-one chat, please contact Theatre Manager, Vicky Collins ( You can also find a guide on how to pitch your show below.

A guide on how to pitch your show can be found by clicking here.

We are unlikely to programme a show which has been on at the ADC Theatre or Corpus Playroom already in the last 5 years. Please check for information on when shows have last been put on. The ADC has an active programme outside of term time and often these shows are not on Camdram. If you are concerned about whether a show has been recently performed, please email

Any questions?

For more information about the process, please read the information below and if you have any questions please email

Prescribed Categories 

Alongside the usual open applications, the selection panel will be looking to programme a few plays per term drawn from applications in pre-determined categories. These categories serve to broaden our season. For Autumn 2019 we have two categories to chose from. These are: Restoration Comedy and Foreign Language Plays. We believe these categories to be broad enough to encourage a wide range of applications.  

We emphasise that you can apply with any plays and that the above categories only serve to act as a guide. If we do not receive any applications for a category, or if all applications in a category are not of sufficient quality the panel will revert to selecting from the open applications field to fill the slots. In all cases the quality of submissions will continue to be the guiding principle in show selection.

Please find below some play ideas for the Restoration Comedy category. As the category of Foreign Language Plays is so broad, we have not provided a shortlist.

CUMTS Week 4 Musical

In week four of the Michaelmas term we will have the CUMTS Musical in the ADC Mainshow slot. This is an exciting opportunity to direct the first CUMTS Mainshow of the academic year. Applicants for this slot won't have a five minute pitch, but will instead be invited to longer interviews in the second weekend to ensure all the complexities of musicals are covered. 

The CUMTS Committee have put together a shortlist of musicals that are suitable for the slot below. You are welcome to apply for shows not on this list, but please check the rights are available before applying! 

  • The Rover - Aphra Behn
  • The Beaux' Stratagem - George Farquhar
  • The Recruiting Officer - George Farquhar
  • The Way of the World - William Congreve
  • The Country Wife - William Wycherley
  • Jekyll and Hyde
  • RENT
  • Parade
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie 
  • Cabaret
One Small Step
One Small Step (Photo: Johannes Hjorth)

Available slots

We will be programming:

ADC Mainshows: Weeks 1-5 (week 4 will be the CUMTS Musical and applications for the Pantomime will be arrange separately through CUADC and the Footlights. For more information on this, please follow their social media channels)

ADC Lateshows (inc. one night stands): Weeks 0-5 and 7-8. 

Corpus Playroom Mainshows: Weeks 0-5 and 7-8.

Corpus Playroom Lateshows (inc. one night stands): Weeks 0-8

Swallow (Photo: Johannes Hjorth)


The rights-holders of most plays and musicals require you to purchase performing rights before a production can be staged.

If you are unsure who holds the performing rights to the play you want to put on then a good place to start is Samuel French, who hold rights to lots of shows and also know who holds the rights to others.

We strongly advise you to check whether the rights are available before applying as we are not able to programme shows where rights are not available. We do understand that it may not be possible to confirm this with the rights holders, but if you can get as much of a sense as possible, that would be appreciated.

At the pitching stage you will be asked to confirm whether you have looked into the rights for your production.

Other Information

You can apply with more than one production, or for more than one venue or slot. You should be aware, however, that spreading yourself too thinly can weaken all your applications: we are interested in a passion for a specific production rather than a general desire to stage something.

Our resident companies are committed to open auditions/applications for cast and crew positions. If you are applying with a show that has been pre-cast, please be aware that they may not be able to offer you funding.

We are only accepting electronic applications. 

If you have difficulty with the form or any other questions, please contact us.