Fracked with James Bolam and Anne Reid


Mon 22 - Sat 27 May 2017
Tickets £18 - £38*

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Following an acclaimed, sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, Fracked! Or Please Don't Use the F-Word now visits Cambridge as part of a major UK tour.

Alistair Beaton’s provocative new comedy takes us to an idyllic English village threatened by an energy company intent on drilling for shale gas. Anne Reid plays Elizabeth, a retired academic who finds herself transformed from obedient citizen to angry protestor. While her increasingly grumpy husband (James Bolam) longs for the quiet life, Elizabeth soars to fame via social media. Desperate to get planning permission, hard-nosed PR men team up with a corrupt local councillor to persuade the villagers that fracking is a good thing. Elizabeth’s having none of it, and mounts the barricades…..

This new razor-sharp black comedy by Alistair Beaton takes a timely look at the conflicted core of planetary energy and earthly power. A much-praised political satirist, Beaton’s television work includes the BAFTA-nominated The Trial of Tony Blair and Spitting Image, and plays such as the West End hit Feelgood.

The distinguished cast includes James Bolam as Elizabeth’s husband Jack, whose credits include New Tricks (BBC) and Glengarry Glen Ross (Donmar Warehouse, Olivier nomination). Anne Reid plays Elizabeth. She is acclaimed for her many award-winning roles including Hedda Gabler (Old Vic) and Last Tango in Halifax (BBC). They are joined by Michael Simkins, known for his many TV and West End roles, most recently Yes, Prime Minister and HayFever

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Running Time

Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes including an interval


Monday - Saturday, 7.45pm
and Saturday, 2.30pm: £18/£28/£33/£38*
Thursday, 2.30pm: £18/£23/£28/£33*

*All ticket prices include a £3 per-ticket booking fee.

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James Bolam
Anne Reid


  • A man and woman sit in folding chairs looking at the camera.
  • Four people stand around a wooden table.
  • Anne Reid, in a smart jacket, speaks in front of a large sign which reads FRACK FREE FENSTOCK
  • Anne Reid sits in a chair.
  • James Bolam is speaking on the telephone as he stands behind Anne Reid typing on a laptop.
  • Two women sit across a table with their arms in a connecting yellow tube.
  • James Bolam excitedly looks over the shoulder of a happy man typing on a laptop.
  • A formal town hall meeting with a man stood between 3 seated and suited people.