Top treats for all in theatre’s new season

Gareth Gates in Footloose
Gareth Gates in Footloose

The best in drama, musical theatre, comedy and opera is packed into the new season at Cambridge Arts Theatre.

The season is brimming with distinguished drama and comedy, kicking off with the return of the West End smash hit comedy The 39 Steps from January 25-30. Based on John Buchan’s 1915 novel and Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film adaptation and returning after two previous sell-out runs.

Matthew Kelly in Toast

Matthew Kelly in Toast

The Herbal Bed from March 1-5 tells the moving and uplifting story of the daughter of William Shakespeare, based upon real events from Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Meanwhile two plays by Alan Ayckbourn, Confusions, and a world premiere of his latest play Hero’s Welcome can be seen from February 1-6.

Rehearsal for Murder from March 7-12 is a new murder mystery written by the legendary writing team who penned Murder She Wrote, Levinson & Link.

The acclaimed English Touring Opera return with three very different operas of character from April 26-30. They are Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Gluck’s Iphiegénie en Tauride and Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei.

What The Ladybird Heard

What The Ladybird Heard

Cambridge University’s prestigious Marlowe Society return to the stage with Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure from February 10-13, directed by leading theatre director Tom Littler.

A razor shapr satire that lifts the lid on real estate comes to Cambridge from May 9-14 entitled Clybourne Park while Noël Coward’s hilarious wit returns with Present Laughter from July 25-30 before going to the West End.

There is a host of famous faces from stage and screen are making an appearance at the Arts Theatre this Spring. Martin Shaw stars as one of the greatest characters in English drama, Henry Horatio Hobson, in the much-loved comedy Hobson’s Choice from March 14-19.

EastEnders favourites Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace perform together on stage for the very first time in the no. 1 best-selling author Peter James’ The Perfect Murder from March 21-26.

Matthew Kelly stars in the critically acclaimed dark comedy Toast from March 28 to April 2 and the renowned Shakespearean actor Michael Pennington stars in King Lear June 20-25.

Musical theatre fans cannot miss the explosive Rock ‘n’ Roll musical Footloose starring Gareth Gates and Maureen Nolan on April 4-9.

The unpredictable and hilarious West End hit Showstopper! The Improvised Musical from February 22-27 where a brand new musical is created from scratch each evening.

An all-male rendition of Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore comes to the theatre from April 20-23, performed by the same team who brought us 2014’s The Pirates of Penzance.

Literary classics have been transformed from page to the stage, and are brought to life this season.

John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men runs from April 12 - 16 while the uplifting Goodnight Mister Tom (3-7 May) is brought to life in a magical stage adaptation on May 3-7.

The English Touring Theatre return with the world premiere of the elegant, evocative and vivid adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited from May 17-21.

Younger theatre-goers will be delighted to see the return of their favourite monster friend in The Gruffalo’s Child from March 29 to April 3 written by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

With live music, puppetry and audience participation, What the Ladybird Heard is the perfect half term treat from February 17 to 21.

Throughout the Spring season there will also be a host of compelling one night events for an array of interests and topics.

The renowned historian Lucy Worsley takes us through an illustrated tour of our fascination with murder on February 21; actor, comedian and singer-songwriter Ken Dodd makes a triumphant return to Cambridge for one night only on May 8.

Musicians Claire Martin and Joe Stilgoe on April 3 bring us a Parisian inspired concert and the prestigious comedy troupe Cambridge Footlights showcase the comedy stars of the future with two nights of hilarious brand new stand-up on February 28 and March 6.

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