ADC Theatre
Tue 11 - Sat 15 July

Shakespeare Shorts - The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare, adapted by Madeleine Forrester

Two of Shakespeare’s most popular plays in one production. Creatively abridged to retain key storylines, best loved speeches and characters, each adaptation enhanced by storytelling and music……

The Merchant of Venice
It’s festival time in the busy thriving centre of multinational Renaissance Venice. Jews and Christians live and trade here side by side; but not easily. This is the setting for a tale of requited and unrequited love, of prejudice, betrayal, loss and revenge, culminating in one of the most dramatic courtroom scenes ever written.

Twelfth Night
A small community on the Mediterranean coast is the setting for this tale of love. Two eminent households - a stately court of music and romance, where a Duke pines for his rejected love. The other a rebellious household of guests and servants, where a Countess languishes in mourning for her brother.
A storm, a shipwreck …                                                                                 
A young woman emerges from the wreckage…                                                 
And it’s all change!


Tue 11 July at 7:45pm
Wed 12 July at 7:45pm
Thu 13 July at 7:45pm
Fri 14 July at 7:45pm
Sat 15 July at 2:30pm
Sat 15 July at 7:45pm


ADC Theatre


TUE–THU £11–£14, FRI–SAT £13–£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. 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.


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11 July 7:45pm 7:45pm Book now
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15 July 2:30pm 2:30pm Book now
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