ADC Theatre
Tue 29 October - Sat 2 November

Dancing at Lughnasa

Brian Friel

Content warning [May contain spoilers]

“I want to dance, Kate. It’s the Festival of Lughnasa. I’m only thirty-five. I want to dance."

Welcome to the not-so-hot summer of 1936 in rural Donegal, Ireland. As the five Mundy sisters gather round to listen to the dulcet tones of their new radio, ‘Marconi’, change is coming. Father Jack’s back from Uganda, Gerry comes and goes at will, yet there’s one journey yet to be decided upon: will the sisters make it to the Harvest Festival after all? Brian Friel’s celebrated semi-autobiographical play artfully and wittily captures the joys and pitfalls of an immediately identifiable era. Guided by our narrator, Michael, the 'illegitimate' son of the youngest Mundy sister, this play is a celebration of cultural survival.

This timeless tale ultimately questions how, in changing circumstances, we relate to and secure our own senses of identity.

This production is suitable for ages 12 and over.

This amateur production of “Dancing at Lughnasa” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.


Tue 29 October at 7:45pm
Wed 30 October at 7:45pm
Thu 31 October at 7:45pm
Fri 1 November at 7:45pm
Sat 2 November at 7:45pm


ADC Theatre


TUE £10-£14, WED-THU £11.50–£15, FRI–SAT £13.50–£17

references to death and/or dying; brief mentions of war; bigotry (racially insensitive language); swearing; depiction of drugs/alcohol/substance abuse

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. Further information can be found here.

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.

The Park Street car park, which is typically used by customers of the ADC Theatre, is closed until August 2024. We recommend that you park in the Grand Arcade car park (10 minute walk) or the Castle Hill car park (15 minute walk). Parking in City Council car parks is free after 6pm. You can find out more information here.


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