- November 2020
After our sell-out-one-night run in Lent, The Great(ER) Cambridge Panel Show returns to storm the ADC Theatre!
- October 2020
We're back with another Scratch Night - for Freshers Week!
- February 2020
Scratch Night is back! Come on down to the Maypole for an evening of the best stand-up, sketches, theatre and more from Cambridge's female and non-binary performers - for free!
- February 2020
"Let me give you some advice. Number one - never mix music with politics..."
Alexander Ivanov is imprisoned in a Soviet mental hospital for statements against the government. He shares a cell with another Ivanov, who believes himself to be a conductor with a symphony orchestra under his command. Alexander's son Sacha is in a classroom with a teacher convinced of the genuineness of his father's illness, whilst inside the hospital, a doctor attempts to cure his patients by setting them lines. Ivanov's imaginary orchestra, on stage with the actors, surrounds them all, filling the spaces between their truths with music...
In this rarely performed one-act play with live music, playwright Tom Stoppard and composer André Previn interweave six actors and a chamber orchestra to create a strange and compelling world of authority, artistry and madness.
- January 2020
Come down to the Maypole for a scratch night of theatre and comedy from Cambridge's finest performers, presented by St John's theatre troupe, The Lady Margaret Players. Free entry so you can spend those precious savings on a pint (or several)!
- November 2019
‘Your grandfather, and his father, and all your family going back, they owned living souls. The dead are looking at you and whispering to you from every tree in the cherry orchard, from every leaf and every branch. The ownership of human beings! You’re all of you corrupted by it.’
Russia, late nineteenth century: Madame Ranevskaya returns home to the estate she grew up on as a child, bankrupt, impoverished, and surrounded by a disparate and self-obsessed group of family, dependants, neighbours and servants. There she receives an offer from an ex serf turned successful merchant: cut down the famous, huge cherry orchard, a place of incredible beauty and sentimental value, and turn nature into profit, or face having to sell up the entire estate, disband the community of the house, and lose their home for good. Chekhov’s masterful tragicomedy, brought to you here through Tom Stoppard’s translation, tells the story of a family in decline, and a society in change, illuminating themes of abusive relationships, environmentalism and class politics which remain as startlingly immediate today as they were in Chekhov’s time.
- April 2016
Acting The Goat: A 'Sketchumentary' by Emma Plowright and Guy Lewy.
Join the anthropomorphic adventure as we stumble through the murky and obnoxous depths of the animal kingdom with your endlessly profound (but slightly senile) host for the evening, Tobias Fiddlepint-Smythe!
A comedy sketch show about what animals really get up to when BBC cameras aren't rolling. Experience the politically charged world of fish misrepresentation, get some kitchen tips from Fabio the scumbag raccoon and Quintin the bourgeois hummingbird, and find out once and for all what on earth your cat thinks he's doing.
- April–May 2015
‘Has anyone ever hidden money in a coffin?’
‘It never crossed anybody’s mind.’
‘It’s crossed mine.’
As so ensues a black comedy full of truths, lies and intrigue. Bank robbers Hal and Dennis are desperately trying to get away with their crime, whilst Hal’s father McLeavy mourns the death of his wife, unaware of the scheming advances of her nurse. As the Hal and Dennis start to feel the police closing in the coffin in the corner seems to look more and more convenient…
Orton’s comedy is entertaining and witty, but subtly mocks the law and the Englishman. This production will be staged in the Main Lecture hall of the Divinity School at St John’s.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve tickets.
- February 2015
A new surreal and sophisticated sketch show. Expect some film, some settings, and definitely some styles. Written by two finalist Englings whose time has come.
- January 2015
Two men: a management consultant from Manchester; an Assistant Scout Leader who has an obsession with Ronan Keeting. L’Escargot is a two-man comedy play that follows the paths of these men stranded in Paris after their flights home are cancelled.
Forced to stick together, the two heroes set out to discover the city they always overlooked. But as they journey deeper on a winding exploration of famous (cliched) sites, they become embroiled in the lives of other characters (a Parisian show girl, a Dutch priest, a rather curious mime) and each other's.
Amidst the chaos and uproar wrought across the cultural capital of the world, one question remains: can you spot the snail?
- April 2014
14 of Cambridge's finest graduating and graduate actors directed by professional theatre director Lisa Blair, perform a showcase of monologues and duologues.
- November 2011
Dream, perhaps Shakespeare's best loved comedy play, returns to Cambridge this Michaelmas courtesy of the Lady Margaret Players. The modern world borders the carnivalesque in a bold and truly inventive interpretation of a fairyland haunted by surrealism, as a dream teeters on the edge of a nightmare. Have you ever seen the wreckage after the carnival shuts? With a Puck trying to stage-manage the cast of fairies, this is an opportunity not to be missed!
- June 2010
- March 2007
'Ghosts' is an extraordinary play, recently described by 'The Guardian' as being "a masterpiece." Ibsen described 'Ghosts' as the work he "had to write." Dealing with characters who are unable to escape their pasts, the 'ghosts' of duty and public opinion come to dominate and ruin the lives of the five characters of the Alving and Engstrand families. Touching, among other subjects, syphilis, prostitution, sibling incest, free love and euthanasia, through what one translator, Michael Meyer, called "double-density dialogue" in which characters say one thing while meaning another, 'Ghosts' is an attack on the extent that society invades personal lives.
- February 2006
Eclectica! A strange and wonderful mix of music, poetry, stand up and song.
For more information, look at the facebook.com event listing:
http://cambridge.facebook.com/eventprofile.php?id=894 or contact deborah grayson on email@example.com if you are interested in performing!
- November 2005
You are cordially invited to attend a banquet of Roman horror and tragedy.
A new staging of Seneca's grotesque tragedy, telling the story of two brothers' struggle for the throne. Thyestes seduced Atreus’ wife and siezed the throne, leaving Atreus unsure of his own children’s parentage. Atreus now plans to reverse the roles of victim and villain; he has regained the throne, casting his brother into exile, and is contemplating further revenge...
- May 2005
"Sex is all anyone ever thinks about... Until it's not. And that's when you know that you're married." ...Sparkling, sexy, and sometimes sinister, this long-antipated play charts the marriage of an upper-crust couple who find that two's company, but three is much more fun...
- May 2005
- March 2005
Affabulazione is a modern tragedy of politics, patriarchy and psychoanalysis that charts the descent into madness of one man, known only as the Father and the events leading up to his murder of his son. Through the prism of this one father-son relationship, the play examines the whole fabric of Western culture. Our production will make use of film to explore the Father's state of mind, with thoughts and dream sequences projected behind him and all of the characters as they speak.
- March 2005
Trygaeus, elderly farmer hero and all-round horny old man, flies on a dung beetle to Heaven in order to rescue Peace, and ends up marrying her nubile niece. On the way he has to hide from War’s enormous furry phallus, dupe the gullible Hermes, dodge a disgruntled arms dealer, and find enough food to feed the wedding guests.
Aristophanes’ effortlessly ridiculous satire on the war between Athens and Sparta is brought bang up-to-date in this all-singing, all-dancing adaptation. So let the all-female cast rub you up the right way, as girl takes on girl with shadow puppet action.
Looking for a show? Peace is the one you want.
Greece is the word.
- November–December 2004
“The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the Direction of Monsieur de Sade:”
"...we must wake up the nerves, using all the languages of theatre... by breaking down the actor/audience dichotomy, disorientating, using lighting and sound to the ultimate effect, but most of all, using the dream language of symbolism..."
- February 2004
Sartre's intense vision of hell: no fire, no demons no torture devises. Hell is...other people. Three people meet in hell. Initially they try to hide from each other what brought them there. But they cannot live together without penetrating each others' intimate spheres, without forcing each other to confess who they had been and what they had done. No one is allowed to keep his secret and no one is spared the humiliation of being recognised for who he is. And yet: the more they are being hurt and the more their lives become hell, the more they become bound to each other. The play thrives on the dense, claustrophobic and yet erotic tension between the characters. We will try to portray their anguish, violence and passion in a way that evokes the audience's passions as well as captivating their intellect.
- October 2003
Andorra is the story of Andri, the adopted child of an Andorran school-teacher, whom everybody including himself believes is a Jew. Andri's life begins to fall apart when the Andorrans are invaded by their fiercely anti-Semitic neighbours, the Blacks; his countrymen, seeking a scapegoat, turn on him. In the conflict that follows, Andri is forced into confronting his own identity in a struggle with hatred, despair and love which is doomed to fail.
As Max Frisch insisted, Andorra is nothing to do with the state of the same name, nor with any country, but a vision of violence, bigotry and tragedy that could occur anywhere. This production stays faithful to his ideals, refusing to moralise and exposing the brutality that can lie so easily under a thin veneer of bourgeois respectability.
- June 2003