I’ve grown up with dementia. In my Grandfather's final weeks, I remember his recognition of my Mum and her siblings failed, and they became strangers to him. While I was a child at the time, and Mum kept us at a discrete arm’s length, I could see the anguish she was in: the tragedy of losing the essence of who her father was, before, finally, she lost him all together.
On Wednesday 6 June, on the 74th anniversary of D-Day, the Arts Theatre team travelled to London to launch our production of David Haig’s fascinating wartime drama Pressure, following its hugely successful UK tour that started in Cambridge earlier in the year.
Pressure is the thrilling play about Group Captain James Stagg, the Scottish meteorologist tasked with predicting the weather conditions for the D-Day Landings.
Our major UK tour of our heartwarming production 84 Charing Cross Road has now begun and we can't wait to bring the bittersweet comedy and tender tale of transatlantic friendship back to Cambridge in a month's time, following it's well received run in 2016.
Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire is regarded by many as one of the greatest American plays of the 20th century. Opening on Broadway in December 1947, the play received the Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama in 1948 and in 1951 the play was adapted for the big screen. The film, which starred Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando, won a host of awards including the Academy Award for Best Actress and cemented the play's status in American drama history.
Rehearsals are now underway for the national tour of This House, James Graham's smash-hit political comedy examining the 1974 Hung Parliament.
I was thrilled to travel to central London last Friday to get a first look at the show and to hear from the director, writer and other members of the cast and creative team.
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Verdict: a must-see this autumn!
Recently I hopped on a train at Cambridge Station to travel to Oxford to see People, Places & Things ahead of its visit to Cambridge Arts Theatre next month. Having heard about its highly praised and sold-out seasons at the National Theatre and in the West End, I was extremely excited to see the show... and it did not disappoint!
Next week sees the stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's internationally bestselling novel The Kite Runner hitting our stage. A haunting tale of friendship which spans cultures and continents, The Kite Runner follows one man's journey to confront his past and find redemption.
★★★★★ 'The Kite Runner is a truly contemporary cultural phenomenon' THE SUNDAY EXPRESS
Our brand new autumn season is here, and public booking is now open! It's brimming with some brilliant productions for all to enjoy, so to celebrate, we thought we'd show you a few of our favourites...
THE REAL THING (6-16 Sept)