ADC Theatre
Tue 14 - Sat 18 May


Cao Yu, translated by Wang Tso-Liang, A. C. Barnes and Charles Qianzhi Wu

Content warning [May contain spoilers]

"All is submerged in the ruthless well of the cosmos.”

Thirty years ago, Zhou Puyuan, the son of the Zhou family, engaged in a secret romantic relationship with his maid, Lu Shiping, but soon abandoned her. Three decades later, by chance, Shiping's daughter came to work for the Zhou family again. On a hot summer day, the aged and life-wearied Shiping returned to the familiar Zhou residence to look for her daughter. She recognized Zhou Puyuan, and discovered her daughter had fallen in love with Zhou Puyuan's son, Zhou Ping. That night, as a thunderstorm erupted, the wheels of ruthless fate began to turn, and a moment of reckoning approached.

In this ancient Chinese family, there existed someone powerful yet vulnerable, someone trapped by love yet bold. Madness and foolishness coexist. Repressed love and intense hatred intertwined.

Thunderstorm is not merely one of the most influential tragedies in the history of modern Chinese theatre, but also a poem of love and desire. This adaptation and production aim to bring a poetic presentation to the audience with new visual imagery and digital installations.

This production is suitable for ages 16 and over.


Tue 14 May at 7:45pm
Wed 15 May at 7:45pm
Thu 16 May at 7:45pm
Fri 17 May at 7:45pm
Sat 18 May at 7:45pm


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TUE £10-£13, WED-THU £11.50–£15, FRI–SAT £13.50–£17

abuse (physical, mental, verbal, sexual)

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. 


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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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