Only 2 performances left!

We are hearing such wonderful feedback from The Tempest audiences;

‘… a splendid production of The Tempest…the players were brilliant – such great casting’ Suzi

‘We loved it…and spent ages talking about the parts we most enjoyed after the play’ Ben

Make sure you don’t miss out! Here’s a little Scene of Ariel confronting evil to wet your appetite …

Opening Night!

Its that time when all the rehearsals, all the line learning, all the production meetings, the months of hard work are all worth it. Its Opening night!

This production has been in the making for years and is a true labour of love for everyone involved. I asked the director James Dowson for a final few words before he hands the show over to the stage:

“The rehearsals are running well and the show is really coming alive. It’s been great fun rehearsing ‘scene-groups’ for the cast to see what other characters have been doing as we pull everything together ready for the move to Downing College and our first performance. We were really excited to have a feature article in the Cambridge Independent today explaining how the play is designed for both Shakespeare fans who might find some fresh insights into the characters, and for people prepared to be surprised at how much they could enjoy a Shakespeare play!”

Here are some of the comments from our amazing cast:

‘Its my first time acting with Combined Actors of Cambridge, so it’s amazing to join such a fantastic company. Stephano’s strong, feisty and doesn’t always have the best intentions. It’s been an absolute blast!’ Maddie Harris (Stephano)

‘I enjoy playing conflicted characters, and hope to bring that out in Caliban’. David John (Caliban)

‘Rehearsals are going well.Playing a comedy fool just up my street.James is a terrific Director.’ Micheal Flintoff (Trinculo)

Please note you don’t buy your tickets from the ADC main website, instead go to adcticketing or via Combined Actors website.

Whatever you don’t miss your chance to watch what promises to be a fresh, exciting production in the wonderful Howard Theatre.

An exciting 2018!

It has been an exciting couple of weeks for Combined Actors of Cambridge! We had a great turn out for The Tempest auditions, and I hope you will agree we have got a fantastic cast. This is promising to be a truly original and exciting production of a Shakespeare favourite, led by the wonderful James Dowson. While we are certainly missing our usual home of the ADC theatre, we are thrilled to have the rare opportunity to stage The Tempest at Downing College’s Howard Theatre. This is going to give both our audience and cast a very special experience, keep your eyes peeled for the announcement of tickets being on sale, they are sure to go quickly!

For the first time in many years Combined Actors of Cambridge has a drama festival entry, and what a fabulous one it is! Written by Elaine Feinstein and the Women’s Theatre Group, Lear’s Daughters is a “prequel” to King Lear and follows the lives of the sisters as children and young adults. In what is being considered “the year of the woman”, a play which looks at how it might have been as a woman in Lear’s court is both fascinating and apt. We found out this week that we have been accepted for both Sawston and Cambridge, so please join us on the 22nd March at Sawston or the 27th April ad Cambridge, where you will be treated to a piece of powerful and thought provoking drama.

The Annual General Meeting 2017

It only seems like yesterday we were all toasting a drink to the 2016 AGM and yet here we are again. Please join us for a chance to catch up on everything Combined Actors has been involved over the last year and to share a drink with friends.

 

THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
will be held on
Thursday 19th October 2017
at 8 p.m. in the

THE SALISBURY CLUB, MILL ROAD, CAMBRIDGE

Anyone interested in amateur theatre is welcome to attend

If you are interested in joining the Management Committee please contact the Secretary  Julie Petrucci
tel: 01223 80023 or email Julie.petrucci@btinternet.com

Welcome to our brand new Website!

Welcome to Combined Actors of Cambridge’s brand new website! We hope you will enjoy looking around. Do keep checking back as it will continue to be updated with previous productions and actor profiles.

We have just finished a fantastic run of An August Bank Holiday Lark directed by Chris Avery, which received universal praise from all who came. The reviewer Berenice Mann from Local secrets said it “makes outstanding theatre”, while one of our audience members said it was “possibly the best thing I have seen for a very very long time (Pro or Am)”. Both the cast and crew should be very proud of themselves for bringing such a moving and well done piece of theatre to the stage.

Whist it is always sad to see a show end, theres always another one round the corner to look forward to. The cast of Emma are eagerly looking forward to starting rehearsals for our December show Emma, a joint production with Bawds (Bawds leading), directed by Sean Baker.

50th anniversary

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.