Unravelling the Ribbon
Unravelling the Ribbon (Photo: Johannes Hjorth)

We are the centre of Cambridge’s thriving drama scene. Productions at the ADC and Corpus Playroom are entirely put together by students, amateurs, and volunteers.

From actors and technical crew to directors and producers, everyone is here to enjoy and produce high-quality theatre. Training, learning and support are at the heart of everything we do here, and we are set up to provide help and guidance to inexperienced users.

There are hundreds of opportunities to act in the ADC Theatre every year, and our productions always require dedicated production and technical teams. Whether you’re interested in acting, directing, producing, designing, stage managing, building, lighting, or crewing a show, new faces are always welcome, regardless of experience.

Guide to Cambridge Theatre

Our guide to Cambridge Theatre contains everything you need to know about the way theatre works in Cambridge, and explains how to get involved. You can collect your copy from the ADC Theatre, CUADC's Freshers Fair stall or your college JCR/MCR.

This year's guide is currently in development, but you can check out last year's guide here!

Get Involved Events

Come along to one of our events to find out how you can be a part of it. 

  • Freshers' Friday: Friday 5 October, 4pm-7pm (ADC Theatre)
  • Female/ Non-Binary Techie Drinks: Saturday 6 October, 8pm (ADC Theatre Bar)
  • Musical Theatre Social: Monday 8 October, 7pm (ADC Theatre Bar) 
  • BAME Freshers' Drinks: Tuesday 9 October, 8pm (ADC Theatre Bar)
  • Footlights Drinks: Wednesday 10 October, 8pm (ADC Theatre Bar)
  • Applications Drinks - How to pitch your show: Wednesday 17 October, 8pm (ADC Theatre Bar)

Freshers' Shows

The Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club is the oldest and largest student drama society in Cambridge.  The first performances on the site were staged by the founders of the Club in 1855.

As well as being the main production company at the Theatre, the CUADC are a focus for student dramatic activity in Cambridge, running workshops and encouraging participation in theatre.

The CUADC are producing three Freshers' Shows this season:

The Freshers’ Shows are performed, directed, produced, designed and crewed entirely by those new to Cambridge drama. To find our more come along to Freshers' Friday.


We also require volunteer stewards to help us run the Front of House in the evenings. Our stewards greet audiences, sell programmes and ice-creams, and oversee admission to the auditorium. For more information, email Click through for more information on the various production roles, and how to get involved with shows at the ADC Theatre and Corpus Playroom. We look forward to seeing you at the ADC Theatre and Corpus Playroom very soon!