ADC Theatre
Tue 19 - Sat 23 April
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Shakespeare in Love

Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall; Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard

Will Shakespeare has got writer’s block. Looking for a muse to help him complete his new play, Romeo and Ethel the Pirate's Daughter, he chances upon the lovely and engaged to be married, Viola de Lesseps.

At the same time, Philip Henslowe, owner of the Rose Playhouse is desperate for a new show to get his feet out of the fire and pay off some nagging debts. Will hasn’t finished the play and the actors are on tour. But that won’t stop them - after hilarious auditions, a rag-tag bunch of actors come together, with mysterious new and talented thespian, Thomas Kent.

Will the show go on? Will Viola and Will live happily ever after? Who knows? It’s a mystery!

Based on the Oscar-award winning film starring Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow. Written by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman and adapted for the stage by Lee Hall.

This amateur production of Shakespeare In Love is presented by an arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd.


Tue 19 April at 7:45pm
Wed 20 April at 7:45pm
Thu 21 April at 7:45pm
Fri 22 April at 7:45pm
Sat 23 April at 2:30pm
Sat 23 April at 7:45pm


ADC Theatre



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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