ADC Theatre
Tue 21 - Sat 25 September

Present Laughter

Noël Coward

It’s time to laugh… Present Laughter is the most autobiographical of Noël Coward’s plays and deals with the ‘price’ of fame as theatrical impresario Garry Essendine entertains both male and female stalkers in his studio: a long suffering wife, a longer suffering personal assistant and a close circle of friends, all ‘a charming constellation of gossipy little planets circling round the great glorious sun’.

This riotous but revealing farce is being brought energetically to life, as Coward intended, by Bawds (directed by David Sear). In an era of cyber-stalkers and celebrity culture, its relevance to 2021 is clear.


Tue 21 September at 7:45pm
Wed 22 September at 7:45pm
Thu 23 September at 7:45pm
Fri 24 September at 7:45pm
Sat 25 September at 2:30pm
Sat 25 September at 7:45pm


ADC Theatre


TUE £9.50–£12, WED/THU £10.50–£15, FRI/SAT £11.50–£16

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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21 September 7:45pm 7:45pm Book now
22 September 7:45pm 7:45pm Book now
23 September 7:45pm 7:45pm Book now
24 September 7:45pm 7:45pm Book now
25 September 2:30pm 2:30pm Book now
25 September 7:45pm 7:45pm Book now