ADC Theatre

Park Street, Cambridge

The ADC Theatre is one of the smallest departments of the University of Cambridge, and is the oldest University playhouse in the country. Plays have been presented on the site since 1855. The ADC Theatre is the centre of University drama in Cambridge, led almost entirely by students with no Faculty involvement.

We aim to provide opportunities to experience and learn about all aspects of theatre, while presenting professional standard productions. The ADC Theatre has helped to launch the careers of many theatre luminaries, including Sir Ian McKellen, Rachel Weisz and Emma Thompson.

There are several student companies resident to the ADC Theatre including Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club, the Cambridge Footlights, Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society and the Fletcher Players.

Find out more and see what's on by visiting our website at

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Get involved with shows at the ADC Theatre:
Hotel Paradiso auditions are open!

The Lent Week 7 ADC Mainshow, Hotel Paradiso, are looking for a cast! We are excited to share that auditions are open to join Hotel Paradiso, with auditions being held on the 1st and 2nd of December!

  • Thu 1st Dec, 16:00–18:00, Cath Yates Music Room, Iain Macpherson Building (Gonville and Caius), Queens Road
  • Fri 2nd Dec, 12:00–18:00, ADC Dressing Room 1

Contact before 2nd Dec 2022 11:00 for more details.

Lifeline - 12-14th January 2023 (Lent, week 0)

We are looking for a lighting designer , set designer , stage manager  and a make-up artist!

    Contact; before 9th Dec 2022 00:00 for more details.

    Agatha Christie's The Hollow is looking for a cast!

    The ADC Week 4 Mainshow is looking for a Cast!

    • Mon 28th Nov, 11:00–18:00, ADC Dressing Room 1

    Contact before 8th Dec 2022 00:00 for more details.

    Lent Term Musical, Kiss Me, Kate! Auditions

    Kiss Me, Kate! will be holding auditions on 28th, 29th, 30th November and 2nd December. Slots for these will be released on Sunday 27th!

    • Mon 28th Nov, 10:00–18:00, ADC Theatre or Downing College

    Contact Gina Stock, before 6th Dec 2022 00:00 for more details.

    Contingencies: Ready for Anything is Looking for CORE PROD TEAM

    Contingencies: Ready for Anything is a stand-up hour that deals with preparing for the unexpected, however improbable or probably irrelevant it ends up being. I'm looking for a Director , Producer , Script Editors  and Publicity Designer  to help with the process of writing, designing, producing and staging this! Take a look at the application pack below if you are interested:

      Contact before 28th Nov 2022 22:00 for more details.

      Gala 2023 needs a production team!!

      Gala is back for 2023, and for TWO nights!!! We are looking for an enthusiastic production team to bring these nights of musical magic to the stage! At this stage we are looking for: Associate Director / Casting Consultant Producer  Assistant Musical Director  Choreographers  Movement Director 

        Contact before 11th Dec 2022 00:00 for more details.

        ADC Theatre 14:00 on 26th November Twitter

        Check out our latest blog post to hear more from Barry Brown about the design process for our upcoming family show, ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. Read more at
        Photography by Paul Ashley
        #theatre #cambridgearts #drama #familyshow #alice #lewiscarroll

        ADC Theatre 16:00 on 25th November Twitter

        A vibrant exploration of sex and self-hood, this devised piece of theatre imagines womankind if humans never fell to earth. fruit(ful) explores the experiences of womanhood and tackles new and old ideas in order to bear fruit. Get your tickets from

        ADC Theatre 16:30 on 24th November Twitter

        Ahoy! It's time to climb aboard the Hispaniola for this year's #panto, Treasure Island! With an original script and score, it is a swashbuckling adventure like no other. Head over to to grab your tickets before they are all gone!
        Photos by Sarah Anderson

        ADC Theatre 15:00 on 24th November Twitter

        Under-represented Genders do Improv? You've got it! Goofy, hilarious, witty - and that's just women and non-binary people normally. Seize this opportunity to see them on stage in comic-improv brilliant-ness! Get's Comic Sans: Times New No-Man:

        ADC Theatre 14:00 on 23rd November Twitter

        Do you like science fiction? Do you like space hotels? Do you like hierarchy? Well then, come closer and take a peek, for we have the sketch show for you.

        Tickets for Scary Old World are available now from

        #comedy #sketch #drama #cambridgearts #funny

        ADC Theatre 20:30 on 22nd November Twitter

        Blue/Orange is an incendiary tale of race, madness and a Darwinian power struggle at the heart of a dying National Health Service. Get your tickets for next week's performance at the Corpus Playroom from
        #drama #play #cambridgearts

        ADC Theatre 15:51 on 22nd November Twitter

        Do you hear that? The sound of crashing waves and seagulls’ cries. The sound of the sea… Once upon a time, a team of bright-eyed Cambridge students dared to embark on a voyage across the Seven Seas. Final destination: the ADC Stage.

        ADC Theatre 15:00 on 20th November Twitter

        A group of strangers grapple with this impossible question as they find themselves in a bureaucratic waiting room between life and death... After Life takes to the Corpus Playroom next month. Get your tickets now from #play #cambridgearts #drama

        ADC Theatre 12:00 on 19th November Twitter

        "I have always loved verse. Here, the poems are like the lyrics to songs, and we have put them to music." Alice Through the Looking Glass is our annual Christmas show which guarantees to be fun for all the family! Find out more from writer Barry Brown at

        ADC Theatre 13:00 on 18th November Twitter

        Set against an ambiguous world of storms, disease and corporate higher-ups, Annie Baker's The Antipodes asks us about the meaning and creation of stories in a world of crisis. Get your tickets from
        #drama #cambridgearts #play

        ADC Theatre 15:40 on 17th November Twitter

        Sophia is smart. However in the ends she's grown up in, being school smart isn't enough, and she knows that too. My Truth opens next week at the Corpus Playroom. Get your tickets now from
        #drama #truth #cambridgearts #play

        ADC Theatre 14:00 on 13th November Twitter

        Lights! Camera! Show Choir! CU Show Choir presents an evening of your favourite songs from Hollywood and beyond! Come along for an hour of fun-filled entertainment: A Night at the Movies will be the perfect end to term: #showchoir #glee #music #arts

        ADC Theatre 09:00 on 13th November Twitter

        Be sure to tune in to Cambridge 105 this afternoon at 2pm to hear from Wahida Seisay and Imogen Carter, Director and Actor (Tess Moffat) from 'Blue Stockings', next week's ADC production!

        ADC Theatre 20:00 on 12th November Twitter

        "While a thoughtful crash-course on the history of Girton... there’s a great deal of witty, snappy dialogue and even a slice of romantic intrigue too." Hear more about the show from Assistant Producer, George Quarton, over at
        #freshers #cambridgearts #play

        ADC Theatre 16:07 on 12th November Twitter

        Tonight is your last chance to catch Clare Barron's DANCE NATION. This "electrifying ‘Dance Moms turned dark’ cult-classic" (The Tab, 4.5 stars) is not to be missed. Grab your tickets to this evening's final performance from
        Photos by Thea Melton #theatre

        ADC Theatre 15:00 on 11th November Twitter

        Considered one of the greatest satirical plays of all time, Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector still serves as a cautionary tale for those seeking power and authority. Get your tickets to one of this year's CUADC Freshers' shows at

        ADC Theatre 11:00 on 10th November Twitter

        Set sail on the high seas for a swashbuckling adventure to Treasure Island with this year's CUADC/Footlights pantomime. Tickets are selling fast so get your tickets now from
        #christmas #theatre #panto #cambridgearts #drama #music #newwriting

        ADC Theatre 17:45 on 9th November Twitter

        Field of Folk is an original student-written musical with a cast and crew made up entirely of freshers/theatre newcomers. Get your tickets now from
        #theatre #cambridgearts #musical #newwriting #drama #discount #folk #culture #freshers

        ADC Theatre 10:00 on 9th November Twitter

        Theatre can communicate before it is understood.
        The Waste Land opens tonight! Get your tickets here:
        Check out these rehearsal shots for a sneak peek!
        #Cambridgearts #theatre #poetry

        ADC Theatre 15:00 on 8th November Twitter

        Somewhere in America, a revolution is brewing. If they dance well enough, they can fix the world.
        Cuteness is death. Feral-ness and ferocity is key.
        Dance Nation opens tonight! Get your tickets here: #Cambridgearts #drama #dance #bringyourtapshoes

        ADC Theatre 17:00 on 7th November Twitter

        Devised by the Wardrobe Ensemble, Education, Education, Education is a love letter to the school system, childhood nostalgia, and really bad club music. Things can only get better.
        Get your tickets now: #Cambridgearts #drama #freshers #theatre #back2skool

        ADC Theatre 17:00 on 6th November Twitter

        Created and performed by the finest in upcoming talent from this year's Fresher cohort, 'Blue Stockings' is a heart-warming exploration of the rights for education, the cruelty of the class divide and women’s suffrage.
        Get your tickets now from

        ADC Theatre 12:00 on 6th November Twitter

        This afternoon at 2pm on Cambridge105, Pip Pearce discusses his acting career and brand new theatre project marking the centenary of T S Eliot’s 'The Waste Land', plus Layo Akinola and Pri Voruganti tell you all about this week's ADC Mainshow: 'Dance Nation'. Be sure to tune in!

        ADC Theatre 10:00 on 4th November Twitter

        In Black Water is a new devised piece exploring the power of language. This narrative is devised/experimental - it cannot be written down.
        Grab your tickets from
        #drama #experimental #devised #theatre #play #cambridgearts
        Publicity Design by Katie Wrench

        ADC Theatre 17:00 on 3rd November Twitter

        "Our production is a post-dramatic experiment. What happens if we disregard the traditional confines of a single narrative or story in the theatre?"
        Read more from the Artistic Director of The Waste Land at
        #drama #cambridgearts #poetry #devised

        ADC Theatre 13:34 on 3rd November Twitter

        Tickets are selling fast for the final performances of CHESS: The Musical. Head on over to to grab your tickets before they are all gone! Photo by Paul Ashley Photography
        #musical #theatre #cambridgearts #abba

        ADC Theatre 14:00 on 2nd November Twitter

        Somewhere in America, a revolution is brewing. If they dance well enough, they can fix the world. Experience Clare Barron's gripping play by getting your tickets now from #play #drama #dancec
        Publicity Design by Katie Wrench, Photography by Thea Melton

        ADC Theatre 12:00 on 1st November Twitter

        You are civilian: now. But what if you have never been one before? Solifuge thinks about the lived realities of being a veteran once you are back home: trying to understand your experiences and how to move on. Get your tickets now from
        #play #newwriting

        ADC Theatre 14:01 on 31st October Twitter

        CHESS: The Musical opens tomorrow night at the ADC! Featuring songs by ABBA legends Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, the Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society's latest offering is not to be missed.

        ADC Theatre 12:00 on 29th October Twitter

        The Melanin Monologues follows four characters, unconnected in all ways except for their melanin. This is both a celebration and warning about the tensions that define black culture. Get your tickets now from
        #theatre #cambridgearts
        Design by Sajda Hamad


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        Past shows

        See all the shows that have been performed here at the venue history page.