ADC Theatre
Tue 1 - Sat 5 October
Corkscrew Theatre Company

The Man Who Argued Himself to Death

Colin Swash

Content warning [May contain spoilers]

The Big Olive. Athens. Before B.C. existed. The populists are on the rise and they’re looking for a scapegoat. Sound familiar? Any old goat will do. Enter Socrates. He opens his mouth and soon he’s on trial for his life. The Man Who Argued Himself To Death, a blisteringly funny satirical comedy by Colin Swash (The Queen, Have I Got News For You) tells us all what it’s like when it becomes a crime to say ‘I Don’t Know’.

Corkscrew Theatre brings yet another original and thought-provoking piece of writing to a larger stage after successfully championing new plays Horrox (2023) and ABRA (2024). Following on from this year’s A Few Good Men and their much-acclaimed production of Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, this is another piece of must-see theatre.

This production is suitable for ages 12 and over.


Tue 1 October at 7:45pm
Wed 2 October at 7:45pm
Thu 3 October at 7:45pm
Fri 4 October at 7:45pm
Sat 5 October at 7:45pm


95 minutes


ADC Theatre


TUE–THU £11.50–£15, FRI–SAT £13.50–£17

moderate 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.


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1 October 7:45pm – 9:20pm approx 7:45pm – 9:20pm approx Book now
2 October 7:45pm – 9:20pm approx 7:45pm – 9:20pm approx Book now
3 October 7:45pm – 9:20pm approx 7:45pm – 9:20pm approx Book now
4 October 7:45pm – 9:20pm approx 7:45pm – 9:20pm approx Book now
5 October 7:45pm – 9:20pm approx 7:45pm – 9:20pm approx Book now