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Legends, love and a Gangsta Granny at Cambridge Arts Theatre


By Gemma Gardner


A Princess Undone at Cambridge Arts Theatre
A Princess Undone at Cambridge Arts Theatre

Showcasing world class theatre and music for all tastes and interests, this autumn at Cambridge Arts Theatre promises something for everyone.

Miles and Coltrane show at Cambridge Arts Theatre
Miles and Coltrane show at Cambridge Arts Theatre

Showcasing world class theatre and music for all tastes and interests, this autumn at Cambridge Arts Theatre promises something for everyone.

The theatre, which is celebrating its ?80th year, will also host two in-house productions as well as the theatre's annual Christmas pantomime.

Famous faces are set to tread the ?boards in an array of acclaimed dramas ?and comedies, sure to delight and ?entertain audiences.

Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden is joined by former soap stars Angela Griffin (Coronation Street), Tracy-Ann Oberman (EastEnders), Tamzin Outhwaite (EastEnders) and Nicola Stephenson (Emmerdale) in the brilliantly funny and touching Stepping Out (October 31-November 5).

The Full Monty at Cambridge Arts Theatre
The Full Monty at Cambridge Arts Theatre

Stephanie Beacham (Dynasty, Bad Girls) returns to the Arts Theatre to adopt the role of the controversial and enigmatic Princess Margaret in A Princess Undone (October 19-22), in a new production inspired by actual events within the royal family.

The acclaimed stage actor Robert Powell (King Charles III) and Liza Goddard (Doctor Who) star in the beautifully crafted and wonderfully funny Relatively Speaking (November 7-12) and The Good Life actress Felicity Kendal brings E M Forster's acclaimed novel A Room With A View (November 14-19) to life.

Music lovers can revel in two outstanding evenings of jazz, each on the Arts Theatre stage for one night only.

Award-winning singer and BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal honours the great ladies of swing in Clare Teal and her Hollywood Orchestra (October 23); and the legendary jazz partnership Miles Davis and John Coltrane are celebrated in a special concert Miles and Coltrane @ 90 (November 13), held to commemorate their 90th birthdays.

Younger theatre-goers will be delighted when everyone's favourite tea-guzzling tiger returns in The Tiger Who Came to Tea (September 20-25) and David Walliams' best-selling Gangsta Granny (October 25-29) is sure to be the perfect half-term treat.

Both distinguished dramas and renowned theatre companies will feature. Susan Hill's acclaimed ghost story The Woman in Black (September 26-October 1) is brought to life; Frank McGuinness' iconic war play Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (October 4-8) marks the 100th anniversary of The Battle of the Somme; the triennial Cambridge Greek Play tradition continues with the ground-breaking pairing of tragedy and comedy Antigone and Lysistrata (October 12-15), performed in Greek, and the acclaimed English Touring Theatre return to the Arts Theatre with an adaptation of D H Lawrence's controversial novel Lady Chatterley's Lover (November 22-26), which was banned from publication until 1960.

Looking further forward to 2017, the season continues with the award-winning The Full Monty (January 23-28) returning after a sell-out week in 2014, Cambridge University's prestigious Marlowe Society rendition of Edward II (February 8-11) and the hilarious Mischief Theatre Company bring the West End hit The Play That Goes Wrong (April 17-22) back to Cambridge.

And last, but by no means least, is this year's spectacular family pantomime, Dick Whittington and his Cat (December 1- January 8).



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