The year 2015 was a season of iconic plays in celebration of 148 productions during Combined Actors’ first 50 years.
We started the 2015 season in the Spring with Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, followed by Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, both at the ADC Theatre, where our very first production, Man Alive, by John Dighton, was performed in 1965.
In September 2015, we supported a production especially compiled to celebrate another occasion – the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Festival Theatre, now known as the Cambridge Buddhist Centre. The new play, From Ghosts to Gurus delighted audiences and reminded Cambridge play-goers of our rich local theatre heritage.
On 9 October we hosted the Combined Actors of Cambridge 50th anniversary party at the Michaelhouse Centre which attracted alumni from all over East Anglia and even as far away as Canada.
We concluded the 2015 season by joining with our sister production company, Bawds for a fun-packed production of Terry Pratchett’s imaginative Maskerade.
The 2016 season got underway with the irreverent and innovative production of Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona. In July of this year we produced the often disquieting but Iife-affirming drama, The Night of The Iguana, another play by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tennessee Williams.
We completed the 2016 season with a joint production with Bawds, the heart-warming, Cranford at Christmas by Laura Turner, based on the Cranford stories by Elizabeth Gaskell.
The 2017 season kicked off at the ADC Theatre, 25 – 29 April with a production of Be My Baby, a deeply moving, acclaimed first play by Amanda Whittington about how society dealt with underage pregnancies in the mid-1960s.
Our next show, An August Bank Holiday Lark by Deborah McAndrew is planned for 11 – 15 July. Set in a pastoral 191 Lancashire landscape, the story revels in the exuberance of its people and follows their poignant transitions as they encounter loss through courage and humanity.