- March 2010
- December 2009
Best known for Sam Mendes' Donmar Warehouse production in which Nicole Kidman and Iain Glen famously bared all, The Blue Room is David Hare's chic, contemporary adaptation of Schnitzler's La Ronde. The play depicts a daisy-chain of encounters between five male characters and five female characters, but the narrative is concerned less with sex and more with emotional inarticulacy, betrayal and how each character forges a path through a landscape of lust, fantasy, self-delusion and regret.
- November 2009
- October 2009
George is King of England.
George is sovereign of the world’s greatest commonwealth.
George is also going mad.
So when the King's illness takes hold, the impatient Prince of Wales - his "fat turd" of a son - begins to scheme for sovereignty. A greasy tangle of ignorant doctors, corrupt politicos, and self-seeking royalty all vie for power. It is left to the unconventional Dr Willis to restore the King to his senses before it is too late.
Witty, poignant, and terrifying by turns, this is one of Alan Bennett's greatest plays, later an Oscar-winning film. From insightful humour to George’s heart-wrenching relationship with his beloved "Mrs King", this is a moving and powerful portrayal of a king’s descent into madness. Lavish costumes, the glorious music of Handel, and Cambridge's finest acting talent come together in this extravagant landmark production.
"I am King of England, sir. A man can have no better conceit of himself than that.”
- August 2009
Is there anything more exhilarating, life-changing and downright terrifying than the prospect of parenthood? Boasting a superb pop, rock and jazz-influenced score by David Shire (Saturday Night Fever) and Richard Maltby (Miss Saigon), the Tony-Award-nominated Baby undergoes a bold, hilarious and touching revival by Cambridge University’s finest musical talent.
"A funny, tuneful musical that makes you feel good about being human...a wonderful score" (Los Angeles Times)
“Not just smart and funny, but often ingenious” (New York Times)
- February 2009
‘It’s the only dream you can have - to come out number-one man.’
Willy Loman's time "way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine" is over. Visionary playwright Arthur Miller (The Crucible, All My Sons) shows us a character on the edge, out of money, work and luck; and in doing so launches the blistering attack on the American Dream that brought him to international acclaim. The play has never been more relevant than it is today, with the global economy deteriorating and hope reduced to political rhetoric. In this production Miller's classic is brought into the current economic climate, where it offers a profound insight into the human cost behind the numbers.
- August 2008
An artist, a scientist and a sexpot are coming to dinner. Paige, hostess extraordinaire, is celebrating the publication of her husband's best-seller about the psychological apocalypse. The arrival of Mike, marooned in the foggy lane having crashed his van, provides an unexpected addition to the evening's entertainment. A silent waiter, sourced from an obscure website, completes the picture. Primordial Soup is first on the menu - let the dinner from hell begin. Moira Buffini's wonderful comedy chiller sees blood on the carpet before bedtime.
The play was made infamous by the use of live lobsters in a week-long run in the ADC Theatre in Lent Term. The lobsters are now heading north, for a ‘second half’ run at the Edinburgh Fringe.