ADC Theatre
Tue 5 - Sat 9 April

Bleak House

Charles Dickens

We have reduced the capacity for this event to ensure that we can observe social distancing guidelines if these are still in place at the time of this production.  This event has been postponed to April 2022.

Bleak House is the story of the Jarndyce family, who wait in vain to inherit money from a disputed fortune in the settlement of the extremely long-running lawsuit of Jarndyce and Jarndyce.

Ada Clare and Richard Carstone are caught up in the case which could eventually make them incredibly rich, if it can ever be brought to a conclusion. They go to live at Bleak House which is owned by the generous John Jarndyce, who is given custody, by the court, of Ada and Richard. Jarndyce is also the guardian of Esther Summerson, who also lives at Bleak House.

The many sub-plots feature numerous other characters all of whose lives are tied in, in some way or other to the outcome of the case. Characters like, Sir Leicester Dedlock and his wife, Lady Dedlock who nurses a dark secret; a secret which the merciless lawyer, Tulkinghorn tries desperately to uncover. Into the mix are thrown Guppy, a lovelorn solicitor’s clerk, ,Smallweed, a grasping moneylender, Hortense a conniving servant, Krook a rag and bottle dealer, the Snagsbys, a law stationer and his nagging wife, Jo, a consumptive crossing sweeper, and Bucket, a police detective,.

The story blends together a number of different genres: detective fiction, romance, melodrama and satire and illustrates what Dickens considered to be the one great principle of the English law ... to make business for itself.


Tue 5 April at 7:45pm
Wed 6 April at 7:45pm
Thu 7 April at 7:45pm
Fri 8 April at 7:45pm
Sat 9 April at 2:30pm
Sat 9 April at 7:45pm


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TUE £9–£11, WED/THU £10–£14, FRI/SAT £11–£15

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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