The Cambridge Footlights are one of Britain’s oldest student sketch comedy troupes. Their inaugural performance took place in June 1883. A local paper commended the Footlights on their appeal to “the many different classes of which life in Cambridge is made up".
She brought us Thirteen at Dinner, The Thirteen Problems and Thirteen Clues for Miss Marple. So, ahead of the spine-chilling production The Mirror Crack'd, here's 13 facts about Agatha Christie that might just surprise you...
1. Agatha Christie is the world’s best-selling novelist, having written 66 crime novels, six non-crime novels, 150 short stories and 19 plays.
Welcome to our A Day in the Life of... blog series. Each post will focus on a different member of the Cambridge Arts Theatre team, who will hopefully give you a sense of working life at the Arts Theatre and a glimpse at what goes on before - and after - the curtain goes up! First up is Box Office...
(MON 29 APR - SAT 4 MAY)
We are very sorry to announce that, due to a legal dispute, the UK & Ireland tour of To Kill a Mockingbird, has been forced to cancel and so will not be visiting Cambridge Arts Theatre.
Each year over the pantomime season we raise money through bucket collections for selected charities. We're delighted to announce that Aladdin audiences raised over £15,000!
The third and final of our A Day in the Life of... pantomime edition blog posts is with our Technical Assistant Harry Chell! Harry's main role for our pantomime is a flyman (he operates the numerous set pieces that need to be flown in and out of the stage by pulling ropes attached to each bar!). Each bar can hold up to a tonne of weight - so no mean feat!
We've picked Harry's brain about panto-world, here's what he had to say...
Describe your pantomime role in three words?
The second in our A Day in the Life of... blog series is with our pantomime Director Phil Clark! Phil has over 40 years of experience as a professional director and writer, and Aladdin marks his directorial debut at Cambridge Arts Theatre. We chatted with Phil to find out his typical working day in theatreland...
The critics of Cambridge (and everyone else!) has spoken, and they've loved our spectacular Christmas pantomime Aladdin - here's a round up of what they thought. Click on the quotes to read the full reviews, but don't take their word for it - gather your friends and family and join us for the biggest, best and most GENIE-us Christmas show in Cambridge!
'Twas the Eve Before Press Night
By Rachel Osborne (Marketing and Education Officer)
‘Twas the eve before press night, and all through the Arts,
Impatience was building for gala to start.
The cast were all nestled, asleep in their beds,
Whilst echoes of boos and cheers chimed in their heads;
Aladdin dreamt deeply of winning his prize,
Our beautiful princess -a sight for sore eyes!
The Genie sang sadly whilst squashed in his lamp,
Wishing that someone would help cure his cramp.
Monday marked the start of the Technical get-in for our Christmas pantomime Aladdin, where our fantastic Tech team work around the clock to fix dozens of lights, build numerous sets and prep the stage ready for 64 panto performances! Once the stage is ready, our cast, in-house band and Panto Babes come flooding in, and that's when our spectacular Christmas panto really comes to life.
We thought you'd like a sneak peek of how our auditorium looks mid-way through this busy week in the Arts Theatre calendar...