ADC Theatre
Tue 16 - Sat 20 April
Combined Actors of Cambridge

The Ghostly Gift of Miss Constance Couper

Sean Lang

Content warning [May contain spoilers]

Oxford 1900 – Miss Martindale and Miss Couper, the Principal and Vice Principal of St Hugh’s College, write a fantastical tale of time travel back to Versailles and the French Revolution. In 1968 two young women arrive to study at the College but find themselves disturbed by ghostly voices and the discovery of a terrifying secret deep in the college’s past. What really happened to Miss Martindale? What is the truth behind the book the two women wrote? Above all, what is the real story behind Miss Couper’s apparently generous gift? This is a tale of ghosts, intrigue, time travel – and murder.

This production is suitable for ages 12 and over.

On Tuesday 16 April at 6:30pm we will be hosting a unique opportunity to discuss the inspiration for The Ghostly Gift of Miss Constance Couper with the playwright. He will be exploring some of the key themes in the play: the connections to Cambridge, the changing influence and status of women across the centuries and the truth or fraud behind this ghostly tale of secrets and murder. Free to attend for all ticket holders.


Tue 16 April at 7:45pm
Wed 17 April at 7:45pm
Thu 18 April at 7:45pm
Fri 19 April at 7:45pm
Sat 20 April at 2:30pm
Sat 20 April at 7:45pm


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swearing; sexual references; needles; death and/ or dying; miscarriages and/ or abortion

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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Meet the Author

"In 1901 the Principal and Vice Principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford visited the Chateau of Versailles, where they somehow got lost in the grounds near the Trianon (not an uncommon thing to happen) and travelled back to the time of Queen Marie Antoinette, whom they even claimed to have seen (somewhat less common)..."

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The Story Behind the Play

Click below to read more about the story behind Sean Lang's The Ghostly Gift of Miss Constance Couper. (External link.)

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