- April 2023
In post-WW2 Italy, a teenage girl emigrates from wealthy Rome to an isolated island in the xenophobic South. However, when she falls for an unprejudiced but powerful local figure, she soon finds herself caught in a political plot that will tear both her and the identity of the nation apart.
- May 2022
In the beautiful sea-side scenery of Bagnoli near Naples, Alberto, a wealthy gentleman intent on being a patron of the arts, pays an unruly theatrical troupe, the Compagnìa Eclettica, to come to town. Led by the penniless comedian-in-chief Gennaro, the troupe prepares to rehearse a new show with the all passion and life of hot Neapolitan blood.
Events take a turn when Alberto discovers that his lover Bice is already married. He manages to involve the police and the entire theatrical troupe in a rocambolesque comedy, a desperate attempt to avoid retribution by Bice's wronged husband, and confirms the brilliant Italian ability to ‘find a way’ in face of life’s adversities.
In the centenary of Uomo e Galantuomo (Man and Gentleman), the masterful comedy by Neapolitan playwright Eduardo De Filippo, the CU Italian Society brings the piece to Cambridge, played by a diverse cast of native and non-native Italian speakers.
The performance will be in Italian, with English captions. Directed by Ludovico Nolfi - head of Ars in fieri international theatre company.
- April 2022
Fitz Opera present Mozart’s opera Così fan tutte. The plot is a ludicrous, farcical tangle of relationships and fake moustaches, and the translation is pleasingly silly. Don Alfonso bets his two friends that their girlfriends won't be faithful to them when faced with temptation. To test this, the two men come back in disguise and try to woo the others fiancés. Madness ensues.
- February 2022
Chaos is an exciting piece of new writing which explores a young woman’s journey into discovering herself as an artist while family trauma continually haunts her process. The script is filled with beautiful imagery, symbolism, and lots of mythic allusions.
- November 2021
Denis & Katya follows accounts of the true story of two 15-year-old Russian teenagers Denis Muravyov and Katya Vlasova. Their story was reported worldwide in November 2016 after they ran away from home together and hid in a family-owned hunting cabin in Strugi Krasnye. After a few days, the police surrounded the house, the situation escalated and the pair died of gunshot wounds on November 16, 2016. Other circumstances of their death are unclear. They live-broadcast on social media frequently during the three days in the cabin, engaging with on-line viewers as they filmed while in the midst of a standoff with Russian Special Forces.
- November 2021
And we're back in the room - your favourite Cambridge actor-musician ensemble is FINALLY performing live! Join Jack & Master for an in-person dramatic/musical open mic night on 1st November at 7pm.
- November 2020
Join us for an evening of musical entertainment as we welcome you back to Cambridge this Michaelmas with our first ever Fitz Showcase!
Act 1: Fitz Musical Theatre
Go ‘Back2School’ with Fitz MT as we take you from Heathers to Legally Blond, from Mean Girls to Spring Awakening.
Act 2: Jack & Master
Our show was postponed, then our show was cancelled, but we’re back and better than ever! Come and celebrate the crazily multi-talented performers of new actor-musician ensemble Jack & Master.
The showcase will be released on YouTube so follow our Facebook event to get access to the link on the day!
- February 2020
A woman, trapped in the curse of her own mind. Come and see this wonderful interpretation of Euripedes’ classic work.
Betrayed by her husband, Jason, Medea vows to seek revenge, stopping at no lengths to make her husband feel the pain that she is going through. Is she being driven by rage? By love? Or by something more sinister?
- 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.
- May 2019
- 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!
- March 2018
"Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides…”
She says: The only privilege of life is the resistance of death. Human nature, she muses, is about how long you live, how pleasurably you live, how marvelously you live.
But he says: The only real privilege of life, is the ability to choose to die.
When romance deteriorates, families dissolve and friendships crumble; when you realise that you no longer recognise yourself, and when you come face to face with choice between life and death, with no judgment of right and wrong - how would you choose?
When hell breaks loose, do you run towards it, to feel truly alive?
This production will be in Chinese (Cantonese) with Chinese and English subtitles.
- 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.
- February–March 2014
Tickets here: https://www.adcticketing.com/whats-on/concert/spirit-harbour.aspx
After the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of 2011, Ayako Hamasaki is displaced from her home and awaits permanent relocation. She reminisces about a Noh play she attended in Osaka, Sesshoseki (The Killing Stone), in which a Buddhist monk exorcises a malevolent stone possessed by an evil spirit taking different forms. It is a play that has a special resonance for Ayako, who has been left emotionally and physically dislocated. Lliam Paterson's 'Spirit Harbour' is an emotional retelling of the devastation that has affected the lives of millions, drawing on Japan's time-honoured theatrical forms and Gagaku court music.
- 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.
- March 2012
Fitzwilliam Chamber Opera present Purcell’s operatic masterpiece in an intimate staging and featuring a brilliant cast of singers from Fitzwilliam and beyond. The story, taken from Virgil’s Aeneid, concerns Dido, Queen of Carthage, her love affair with the Trojan prince Aeneas and those who would wish to thwart their union. The performances will be followed by drinks and live music in the Auditorium foyer.
- 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.
- 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
- November 2007
Handel's magnificent opera 'Xerxes' is performed by Cambridge's finest young singers, with an orchestra led by the Fitzwilliam String Quartet. This striking production set in a quasi-modern, fantastical realm is the inaugral project of the Fitzwilliam Chamber Opera - to be perfomed in Cambridge, and reprised in the Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds in April 2008.
King Xerxes is an all-powerful ruler who falls in love with Romilda after hearing her mystical song float through his beautiful garden. Romilda, however, already loves another - much to the chagrin of her scheming sister, Atalanta. Above all, Xerxes seems to have forgotten his betrothal to a foreign princess - who may well not be as far away as he currently imagines...
This, most 'Mozartian' of Handel's operas is brought to you with a comedic touch and sparkling delivery. A production not to be missed! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book tickets.
- 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.
- February 2005
"YOU'RE HUMAN LIKE THE REST OF THEM" and "DOWN RED LANE"
by B. S. Johnson.
2 (very) short plays by "Britain's one man literary avant-garde"
of the 1960s.
In "You're Human..." a history teacher becomes obsessed with decay and death after a hospital visit but neither his colleagues or his pupils seem to care.
"Down Red Lane" is a tale of conspicuous consumption.
A corpulent gourmand sits down to a meal in an expensive restaurant but his long-suffering stomach has had enough and decides to tell him so. These will beautifully showcase Johnson's combination of the playful and serious.
"THE GLASS MENAGERIE"
by Tennesse Williams
'I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has theappearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant guise of illusion. The play is memory.'
'The Glass Menagerie', one of Tennessee Williams' lesser known plays, deals with a memory of life in the wreckage of the American dream, and the of one family to escape it.
'Electrifyingly actable', the drama is superbly poised, and haunting long after its shattering conclusion.