Student Applications

We have re-opened applications to stage a musical in Spring 2020

Due to a couple of withdrawn applications, we are interested in increasing the number of applications for musical in Spring 2020. There are two available musical slots:

  • CUMTS Musical: This is an ADC Mainshow musical funded by the Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society that usually takes place early in term, around Week 3 (week beginning Monday 3rd February 2020) or Week 4 (week beginning Monday 10th February 2020)
  • Lent Term Musical: This is a two-week musical funded by Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club that takes place in Week 8 and 9 of term (from Wednesday 11th March to Saturday 21st March 2020)

People are welcome to apply for either or both slots by filling out the Google form below.

We are looking for applications for directors for shows, or from writers of original shows.

Once you make an application, you will be invited to an interview on either Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th November to discuss your ideas further.

If you have any questions, please email

To make an application, you simple need to fill out the form below.

The form will ask you for the following:

  • Your name, phone number and email address
  • The name and author of the show
  • A synopsis of the show and your ideas for staging it
  • Which slot you are applying to
  • Your availability to attend an interview on Saturday 9th and/or Sunday 10th November

What to consider before making an application


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 program 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.

If you are unsure whether the rights to a show are available, contact

Has the show been staged previously?

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 some of these shows are not on listed Camdram. If you are concerned about whether a show has been recently performed, please email

We will not accept applications for the following musical as we have programmed an upcoming out-of-term production:

  • KIPPS - The New Half a Sixpence Musical

Any questions?

For more information about the process, please email

Musicals Suggestions

Each term, the ADC show selection panel provides a couple of suggestions for musicals that we would be keen to see applications for, in order to broader our season.

We emphasise that you can apply with any musical, provided that the performance rights are available, and that the above categories only serve to act as a guide. If we do not receive any applications for a suggested show, or if all applications 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.

  • Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine
  • Anything Goes, Cole Porter
  • Sweet Charity, Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields and Neil Simon
  • Rent, Jonathan Larson
  • My Fair Lady, Alan Lerner, Frederick Loewe

You are welcome to make an application for a musical that is not on the above shortlist. However, please ear in mind that performance rights must be available for an amateur performance in March 2020 in Cambridge.

When enquiring with rights holders, you must make them aware that the show will run for up to 14 performances, will be advertised beyond the University campus, and tickets will be sold online. You must check this carefully before applying. If rights are not available for the show with which you apply, we will not be able to process your application.

Other Information

Please ensure that the rights are available for the show that you apply with.

Please ensure that the show that you apply with has not been staged at the ADC Theatre or Corpus Playroom in the last 3-5 years. You can check what shows have previously been staged by visiting Camdram or emailing

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 applications via the Google Form; please do not send in applications via email. 

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