- December 2019
A festive sketch show written, directed and performed by freshers - what more could you want or need to know?
- May 2019
Private Peaceful tells the story of Tommo Peaceful's idyllic childhood, growing up in the countryside with his older brothers at the beginning of the 20th century. Aged 16, Tommo lies about his age so he can follow his brother Charlie to go to Belgium and fight to defend his country. This is a story of innocence that perseveres through tragedy, until the indiscriminate brutality of trench warfare puts a premature end to childhood.
This amateur production of “Private Peaceful (Ensemble version)” is presented by special
arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD.
- February 2019
Fitz Theatre presents a unique musical theatre concert where each Cambridge college is represented by a well-known song from the musical theatre canon. With solo, duet and chorus numbers accompanied by a small pit band, and songs such as I just Can't Wait to be King (Kings College), Go the Distance (Girton), On My Own (Homerton), Climb Every Mountain (Medwards), Big Spender (Trinity), Tradition (Peterhouse) and many many more!
- November 2017
- June–August 2017
"As flies to wanton boys are we to th' gods.
They kill us for their sport." ~ Gloucester, Act IV Scene I
During the course of Shakespeare’s King Lear, its title character is forced to confront the betrayal of his youngest daughter Cordelia, who refuses to publicly display her love for him in order to gain a larger third of his kingdom than her two elder sisters, Goneril and Regan. Publically humiliated, Lear has exiled both his one loyal daughter Cordelia and his only faithful advisor Kent by Act I, Scene I of the play.
King Lear is about madness. It is about old age, misogyny, self sacrifice, and the risks we take in our personal lives by speaking truth to power.
- March 2016
‘Where white is black and black is white, I won.’
Enter the world of Crow. This is a world of infinite blackness where tradition means nothing, where God has lost his power and where simply enduring is all that you can hope for. Crow’s ominous figure is woven into a tapestry of global mythology, folk-tale and religion, and through his observations of life he gradually deconstructs the legitimacy of social custom, unearthing the kernel of human truth that exists within us all.
This new adaptation of Ted Hughes’ remarkable poetry collection CROW is birthed in a stunning frenzy of light, sound, music and performance.
Come and hear the darkness sing.
- February 2015
Arthur Miller’s, ‘The Crucible’, is gripping, tense and, if done well, leaves audiences disturbed. Our aim can be summed up in the words of Steinbeck; “I’ve done my damndest to rip a reader's nerves to rags, I don't want him satisfied.” The plot is always taut, moving from the frenzy of adolescent girls crying witchcraft, caught up in the hysteria that grips Salem, to the lust of Abigail for Proctor which turns to a shocking malevolence, to the pure agony of Elizabeth and Proctor when they must give each other up. All the while, the audience looks on, privy to the backhand plots, but frustratingly unable to intervene.
Taking place during the witch trials of Salem in the 17th century, the plot thickens as what starts as innocent dancing in the woods evolves into suspicions of witchcraft, and finally a full-on frenzy of people being sentenced with the crime of witchcraft and being doomed to hang left and right. It makes the characters face the ultimate questions of what is deceit and what is reality, and what is virtue and what is sin. We intend to bring this production new life and illustrate the universality of its themes by drawing upon effects from the epic-theatre movement and strong symbolism.
- May 2014
An evening of almost guaranteed hilarity in Fitz Bar from some of the comedians Cambridge has to offer.
Leave the confines of the Olisa for an hour or so and relax into the warm, giggling embrace of these Footlights smoker irregulars.
- March 2013
Helen, the face that launched a thousand ships, never went to Troy - the woman Paris kidnapped was a phantom, and the Trojan War just a terrible mistake. The real Helen now sits in Egypt waiting for her husband Menelaus to carry her home so that they can live happily ever after. This unique production makes use of Commedia Dell'Arte and mask-work to create a hilarious and moving parody of the thing that Euripides most loathed: war and the terrible suffering that it brings.
- March 2012
FitzTheatre presents an eclectic, energetic production of Dion Boucicault's much loved farce.
Sir Harcourt Courtly is lured away from the epicentre of fashionable London by the promise of a rich and beautiful bride, Grace, several decades his junior. Arriving at Oak Hall, Gloucestershire, he marvels at this rural Venus until her charms are eclipsed by her hearty cousin, the foxhunting Lady Gay Spanker.
Meanwhile his disguised son turns up in flight from his creditors and falls head over heels for Grace. When Lady Spanker discovers the young couple, she needs little prompting from the visiting chancer Dazzle to lead Sir Harcourt astray.
Join us for outrageous accents, sets and more woman with moustaches than you'll have ever before seen in the same ten meters squared.
- November 2010
FitzTheatre puts together a re-enactment of Nikolai Gogol's The Government Inspector, a satirical comedy based on a case of mistaken identity. The play is a comedy of errors, satirising human greed, stupidity, and the extensive political corruption of Imperial Russia.
The Governor gains news of the impending visit of a government inspector. This worries him because of the amount of corruption taking place in his town. Khlestakov, a civil servant, happens to have arrived in St Petersburg two weeks prior. He is immediately mistaken to be the dreaded inspector, and comedy ensues as the Governor and his town become overrun with this case of mistaken identity.
- March 2010
This production of Shakespeare's tale of conspiracy and murder is perhaps best described as the lovechild of Rome and Alan Clark's Diaries. Dressed in pinstripes, shoulder-pads and hair-gel, our senators show the one thing that's timeless in politics is how nasty is is. We're looking for a mixed cast and a formidable female lead, and are offering a range of parts from very large to very small. If you like politics, plotting, murder, mad old soothsayers or the Joy Division, this is the play for you.
- November 2009
Considered by Sheridan to contain his finest work, The Critic is a satire which savages the social pretensions of theatre and theatre critics. Set as a play in which the audience watches the critics watching an excuse for a play, none involved are left entirely safe from mockery.
- June 2009
An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher. A headmaster obsessed with results and a history teacher who thinks he's a fool. In Alan Bennett's play, staffroom rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence provoke insistent questions about history and how you teach it; about education and its purpose. (n.b. The Monday performance is in fact at 6.30pm)
- March 2009
- February–March 2008
Charity Hope Valentine is looking for love and looking for a way out of her dance hall show girl life. But even the purest of hearts can be led astray, as she finds herself lost in the urban jungle of 1960’s New York and learns that no-one can completely run away from their past.
A story of intrigue, sex and style; such classics as ‘Hey! Big Spender’, ‘If They Could See Me Now’ and ‘The Rhythm of Life’ spellbind and intoxicate as Charity falls in and out of the arms of suave movers and shakers, and experiences the highs and lows of free spirited psychedelic living.
Following a highly acclaimed sell-out production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer FitzTheatre returns to home ground to produce the stunning Bob Fosse musical masterpiece ‘Sweet Charity’. So come experience the compulsive music, stunning dance and exhilarating atmosphere commanded by a vivacious and inspiring cast as you follow Charity through her trials and triumphs in one unforgettable evening.
Book online at www.fitzentz.com
- August 2007
- March 2006
After the immeasurable success of fitzTheatre's Jesus Christ Superstar in 2005, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's spine-chillingly gruesome and squeamishly sophisticated musical thriller SWEENEY TODD is coming to Fitz!
The stylishly gruesome heart-pounding masterpiece of murderous barber-ism and callous culinary crime surrounds the story of Sweeney Todd, a wrongly exiled barber who returns to 19th Century London to seek revenge on the lecherous Judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. His bloodthirsty craving for revenge soon swells to embrace his unsuspecting customers, while the resourceful proprietress of the Pie Shop downstairs coincidentally comes up trumps with a mysterious new pie-recipe...
Macabre, visceral, gruesome and chillingly sophisticated, Sweeney Todd will enrich your nightmares more deliciously than you could ever imagine!
- October 2005
Come along for a free introduction to acting by playwright and drama coach Dr Kerry Kidd. The workshop will involve improvisation and text work loosely based on her new work "the bonds of love and affection" which will be shown in Cambridge next term. The event organiser stresses the casual nature of the session which should last only an hour and is completely free of charge.
- March 2005
FitzTheatre and Fitzwilliam Music Society invite you to enjoy the blockbuster rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar which reinterprets the story of the Pasion of Christ through a heady blend of music lighting and movement.
A colourful and vibrant production, not to be missed.