Student Applications

Applications are Currently Closed, and will open on Thursday 17th October

Students are able to apply to stage a show at the ADC Theatre or Corpus Playroom a term in advance. Applications for our Spring 2020 Season will open on Thursday 17th October, so make sure to check this webpage on that date! Information about the application process is below.

Application Form

The application form will be available here when applications open on Thursday 17th October.

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


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.

How to Pitch Your Show

On Wednesday 23 October at 8pm in the ADC Bar, the ADC Theatre Manager, Jamie, will be running an event to discuss the applications process. This is your opportunity to meet the show selection team, talk about your ideas and ask any questions.

If you can't make the event or would rather have a one-on-one chat, please contact Theatre Manager, Jamie Rycroft ( 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.

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.

The categories will be announced nearer the time that applications open: please check later this month to see the categories and suggested plays.

Available slots

We will be programming:

ADC Mainshows: Weeks 1-7 (Week 0 will be the home run of the European Theatre Group show, and Weeks 8 and 9 will be the CUMTS Lent Term Musical)

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

Corpus Playroom Mainshows: Weeks 0-8

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

Other Information

We would recommend checking if the show that you are applying with has been staged in the last five years by searching for it on Camdram. If you have any uncertainty, please email

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.

We are only accepting applications via the above application form.

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