ADC Theatre
Tue 16 - Sat 20 November
Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club

A Small Family Business

Alan Ayckbourn

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'Everybody else bends [the system] a little; just a little bit here or there; and they don’t quite declare that; and they tell a little lie about that. Not dishonest, Jack, just a little bit fuzzy round the edges sometimes…'

Jack McCracken has got the chance of a lifetime - to take over his family’s furniture business which he intends to approach with his honest outlook. There’s just one problem: his extended family is made up of thieves and cheats.

After a revealing meeting from a private detective, the morally straight Jack must figure out how he and his corrupt family can survive. This comic morality play looks at the Thatcherism of its time, blending comedy and drama with a frenzied whirlwind of satire and deceit.

This amateur production of A Small Family Business is presented by an arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd.


Tue 16 November at 7:45pm
Wed 17 November at 7:45pm
Thu 18 November at 7:45pm
Fri 19 November at 7:45pm
Sat 20 November at 7:45pm


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The ADC Theatre is Britain's oldest University playhouse, today administered and maintained by the University of Cambridge. Plays have been presented on the site since 1855, when the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club (CUADC) was founded, and the society met and performed in the back room of the Hoop Inn, which stood almost exactly where the ADC Theatre stands today.  Today, the ADC Theatre is the centre of University drama in Cambridge, run almost entirely by students with no Faculty involvement. 


When you arrive at the ADC Theatre, there are power assisted doors to the Box Office. In the foyer there is a lift which leads up to the bar and auditorium. The accessible toilet is located on the ground floor across the foyer. 

The ADC Theatre is conveniently located near the Park Street Car Park, which has 7 disabled parking bays.

If you are booking a wheelchair seat in the ADC auditorium for the first time, please call the Box Office on 01223 300085 or email We will then alter the permissions of your ADC account so that you can access the wheelchair seats on our website when you book in the future. 

Complimentary tickets are available for full-time carers.

The ADC Theatre and Corpus Playroom is fitted with an infra-red audio system designed to help deaf and hard of hearing patrons. If you are using the system for the first time, please arrive early and seek advice from our Front of House team.

Assistance dogs are welcome in both of our venues. Please call the Box Office or email the above address when booking to ensure you are seated appropriately.


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