Backstage Tour


Go behind the scenes and learn more about the Arts Theatre

History of Cambridge Arts Theatre

Cambridge Arts Theatre was founded in 1936 by the economist and founder member of the Arts Council, John Maynard Keynes and is now a thriving regional venue showcasing the best touring theatre from the UK and beyond. Dig a little deeper into our history and discover the rich and varied history behind this much-loved cultural institution.

1936 Auditorium photo
An event on stage

Venue Hire

Whether you need space for a private function, an area to entertain clients or you are looking to host a meeting in a unique and beautiful theatre setting, we have a number of spaces to suit your event and can tailor make the perfect hire package for you.

  • 'Do you know how lucky you are to have this Theatre? It is a wonderful wonderful space'

  • 'The Cambridge Arts is a very dear place to me'

  • 'Every actor loves this theatre. Many of my best performances have been given here'

  • 'I grew up in the Arts Theatre from the age of about ten, standing at the back. It had as big an influence on my life as my school or university'

Programme seller

Work with us

If you want to work for one of the country's leading theatres and have the skills and experience that we're looking for, then we want to hear from you.

We aim to deliver an exceptional audience experience and strive for excellence in everything we do, and we want to recruit the very best people to achieve our goals. Click here to browse the current vacancies.

Join our Digs List

Do you have a spare room that you are not using?  Do you live close to the centre of Cambridge, or close to transport links?

List your space on our digs list to make some extra money and meet lots of interesting people! 

Row of Cambridge Houses