“Necessary changes” will close ADC Theatre in 2018

Will Tilbrook 10 October 2017

The ADC Theatre is to close its doors from April to October next year to allow for "necessary" refurbishment" to take place, according to Victoria Collins, the theatre manager of the ADC, who posted the news on the 'Cambridge Theatre' Facebook group. This was confirmed by the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club committee (CUADC) in a later statement.

The theatre, which has seen the likes of Sir Ian McKellen, Tilda Swinton, and Emma Thompson tread the boards during their time at the University, will be closed for Easter Term 2018 and over the summer vacation before reopening a year from now.

The refurbishment will include changes to the auditorium temperature controls, repairs to the roof, and the addition of two new lightning bridges. When the work has finished, it will have been 10 years since the last major renovation.

The ADC building houses the 228-seat auditorium, the Larkum Studio, and the ADC bar. The committee said they will announce whether the Larkum Studio and bar will remain open whilst the work is ongoing nearer the time.

Collins in the Facebook post said "We're very sad to be closing one of our venues for this period, but we will still be maintaining an active programme at the Corpus Playroom."

She also announced that three or four productions will be put on at alternative venues across Cambridge during the period of closure, including a dramatic adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials at the Fitzwilliam Museum.

In a statement to The Cambridge Student, the committee wrote the following: "The refurbishment of the theatre is exciting news. It will bring the theatre up to industry standard, allowing students to continue to create drama in a professional environment. While it is sad that the ADC Theatre will be closed for the term, the Corpus Playroom will still be open and there will be several student productions staged at alternate venues around the city. Considering the ADC Theatre usually programmes a shorter season during Easter Term anyway, there will still be plenty of opportunities to get involved with student theatre".

Kate Collins, a second-year student and regular contributor to the Cambridge theatre scene, echoed this last remark, by saying: "I'm hoping it might encourage ore people (especailly non-students) to see theatre at other venues like the Corpus Playroom. The ADC gets a lot of hype as the home of student theatre in Cambridge, and I can't wait to see it done up, but for me the smaller stages have been where I've seen the most varied and exciting work".