ADC Theatre
Tue 5 - Sat 9 March
Heywood Society

Neighbourhood Watch

Alan Ayckbourn

Content warning [May contain spoilers]

On a quiet afternoon in the Bluebell Hill Development neighbourhood, Martin and his sister Hilda decide to open their doors for a house-warming party. Before they even get a chance to offer the first cup of tea their peace is suddenly disturbed by a trespasser on their back lawn. The quirky and unassuming guests quickly gather together to form a Neighbourhood Watch to prevent further incidents. Concerned with the safety and security of their community they take matters into their own hands, fences are installed and neighbourhood patrols start roaming the streets. However, what started as an innocent committee rapidly escalates when neighbour disputes culminate in the first casualty: Monty, Martin's favourite garden gnome.

With Neighbourhood Watch Alan Ayckbourn once again expertly ties comedic genius with carefully embedded social critique.

This production is suitable for ages 8 and over.

This amateur production of “Neighbourhood Watch” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.


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


ADC Theatre


TUE £10-£13, WED-THU £11.50-£15, FRI-SAT £13.50-£17

abuse (physical, mental, verbal, sexual); death and/or dying; blood; flashing images (i.e. a seizure warning); police brutality; mentions of torture

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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From the producers

12 days to go

Find the Gnomes!

The Neighbourhood Watch team are running a competition to find the hidden gnomes around town!

Find the gnomes hidden in town and the university to win free ice cream or drinks, and even a free ticket to see this brilliant Ayckbourn comedy at the ADC Theatre!

There are six gnomes with different coloured hats, with different gnomes earning you different rewards:

Gray hat: A free interval ice cream;

Red hat: A free show cocktail in the ADC Bar (or an equivalent drink up to the value of £5);

Yellow hat: A free ticket to see Neighbourhood Watch on your chosen day!

The clues for the locations of gnomes will be shared on the Neighbourhood Watch Instagram page (@neighbourhoodwatch_adc). Keep an eye out for the new clues that are being shared!

When you find a gnome, share a picture of it on your Instagram story and tag @neighbourhoodwatch_adc. You will be contacted with regards to your reward. Bring the gnome with you when you come to the theatre to watch the show.

6 weeks to go

Meet the Director

Pauline Eller is a student from Newnham College. Previous credits as Director at the ADC Theatre include: One Man, Two Guvnors (May 2023) and The Hollow (February 2023). She also took on the role of Business Manager for the recent tour of Shakespeare's The Tempest with the European Theatre Group.


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