ADC Theatre
Tue 21 - Sat 25 May
Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club

Oedipus Tyrannus

Sophocles, translated by Sir Richard Jebb

Content warning [May contain spoilers]

"While our eyes wait to see the final destined day, we must call no mortal happy until he has crossed life's border free from pain."

A plague is destroying Thebes. Oedipus the King, renowned for his intellect and benevolence, vows to locate the source of corruption. As he traces the threads of pollution, he finds himself unknowingly entangled in an incriminating web and he must confront the fact that the truth lies a little too close to home.

Sophocles' tragedy, Oedipus Tyrannus, explores issues of identity, limits of human knowledge and the fickleness of fortune. This new adaptation seeks to blend traditional Greek elements with contemporary styles in a liminal and seemingly timeless space.

This production is suitable for ages 12 and over.


Tue 21 May at 7:45pm
Wed 22 May at 7:45pm
Thu 23 May at 7:45pm
Fri 24 May at 7:45pm
Sat 25 May at 7:45pm


ADC Theatre


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

self harm and/or other intentional self injury; blood; mention of suicide; mention of death and/or dying; mental illness; potentially ableist language

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.


ADC Theatre
Park Street
Get directions


21 May 7:45pm 7:45pm Book now
22 May 7:45pm 7:45pm Book now
23 May 7:45pm 7:45pm Book now
24 May 7:45pm 7:45pm Book now
25 May 7:45pm 7:45pm Book now