A look ahead: Lent Term theatre highlights

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The Lent term programmes of the ADC, Corpus Playroom and other theatres in Cambridge are bursting full of talent and exciting shows to see us through the long winter.

In the first half of this term, Much Ado About Nothing (16-20 Jan) came to the stage, which I enjoyed previewing for TCS. It recently toured Europe in December, and made headlines for being endorsed by Cambridge alumnus Stephen Fry on Twitter. 

There’s plenty more Shakespeare throughout the term if you missed this first production: The Marlowe Society’s production of Romeo and Juliet (Week 1, 24–27 Jan), with professional set, lighting, sound and costume designers, is sure to be a hit. Coriolanus, Shakespeare’s take on Roman history, awaits us in Week 6 (27 Feb–3 Mar).

This term also has the Medic Panto, The Prion King, which is usually stuffed full of talent rarely seen on the Cambridge stage. Starting on 24 January at the Mumford Theatre, this production is always a good laugh even for non-medics like me. More comedy: fans of the Tom Sharpe novel and the television series Porterhouse Blue will enjoy the ADC’s Week 3 (6–10 Feb) adaption of it. It is a parody of life at Cambridge, where rowing ability secures you a place, and swan is eaten every dinner. Satirical and witty, it is a cutting comment on tradition and modernity in our very own university.

The ADC will also put on a production of Mel Brooks’ The Producers as a treat for the end of term in Week 8 (14-24 Mar). Those of us who like a bit of opera can enjoy Donizetti’s L’elixir D’amore from the Cambridge University Opera Society: 'the operatic highlight of the Cambridge calendar' (Week 5, 22–25 Feb). The comedy will be sung in Italian with English subtitles.

As a Classicist, I’m also excited to see Greek tragedy: The Oresteia (Week 3, 30 Jan–3 Feb) and Senate (Week 5, 22–24 Feb), a new production written by Alfred Leigh. Think The Thick of It meets Republican Rome.

There’s something to suit every taste at the ADC this term. Make sure to pick up your programme from the ADC lobby or your post room for the full calendar. To book your tickets, visit https://www.adctheatre.com/.

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