Corpus Playroom
Tue 9 - Sat 13 November

The Proposal and The Bear

Anton Chekhov

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Chekhov's significance for the development of modern theatre, both inside and outside of Russia, is immense. These two short farces, the Proposal and (the more widely known) the Bear, are reflective of Chekhov's quick wit and fast, natural dialogue as they explore themes of love and conflict, of knowledge of oneself and of material values.

In The Proposal, Lomov goes to his neighbour's to propose to his daughter. Before any progress can be made, all three are fighting over things from land to things as trivial as family pets.

In The Bear, we are at the end of a marriage, as Popova mourns her (unfaithful) husband, who died 12 months previously. When interrputed by Smirnov, fighting once again breaks out and tensions escalate to breaking point.


Tue 9 November at 9:30pm
Wed 10 November at 9:30pm
Thu 11 November at 9:30pm
Fri 12 November at 9:30pm
Sat 13 November at 9:30pm



Discussion of death/dying

Portrayals of sexism

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The Corpus Playroom is owned by Corpus Christi College, and managed by the University of Cambridge through the ADC Theatre. The College drama society, the Fletcher Players, are the resident company.

The L-shaped studio is Cambridge's primary fringe space, showcasing a variety of productions, with an emphasis on new writing. Seasons are programmed simultaneously with the ADC Theatre.


Please note: This venue is not wheelchair accessible. 

Complimentary tickets are available for full-time carers.

The 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 Corpus Playroom has gender-neutral toilets.


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