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Cambridge Arts Theatre has launched a new programme of plays for spring and summer with plenty on offer for lovers of musicals, dance and West End shows.

A brand-new production of the award-winning West End and Broadway musical Beautiful (May 10-21 ) tells the story of chart-topping music legend Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom; Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll musical Rocky Horror Show (Jun 20-25) returns as part of a sell-out tour, ready to thrill audiences with its famous naughty antics and the city’s local amateur dramatics group Cambridge Operatic Society revive the iconic jukebox musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Mar 30-Apr 2), and is guaranteed to have everyone dancing in the aisles.

Cambridge Arts Theatre: An Hour and a Half late (54946796)
Cambridge Arts Theatre: An Hour and a Half late (54946796)

Star-studded dramas and thrillers are also coming to the theatre this year with Gavin & Stacey’s Mathew Horne and The Pembrokeshire Murders’ Keith Allen starring in Harold Pinter’s 1960s' masterpiece The Homecoming (Apr 11-16), a bleakly funny exploration of family and relationships; Fatal Attraction (Apr 25-30), based on the iconic film and starring Oliver Farnworth and Susie Amy, is an adaptation of the heartstopping movie thriller; Dallas legend Patrick Duffy and Linda Purl fly in from Hollywood to star in an exciting new production of the classic Broadway thriller Catch Me if you Can (May 23-28 ); Olivier and Tony Award-winner Lindsay Duncan and Hilton McRae star in August Stringberg’s landmark drama about a marriage pushed to its very limits, The Dance of Death (Jun 13-18); Red Dwarf’s Danny John-Jules stars in Dan Brown’s blockbuster novel The Da Vinci Code (Jul 5-9), now brought to life in an epic stage thriller and the multi award-winning production of J B Priestley’s classic thriller An Inspector Calls (Oct 11-15 ) returns to the theatre.

Cambridge Arts Theatre new season 2022: A scene from Fatal Attraction by James Dearden @ Theatre Royal Brighton. Directed by Loveday Ingram. (Opening 14-02-2022) ©Tristram Kenton 02-22 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com (54955051)
Cambridge Arts Theatre new season 2022: A scene from Fatal Attraction by James Dearden @ Theatre Royal Brighton. Directed by Loveday Ingram. (Opening 14-02-2022) ©Tristram Kenton 02-22 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com (54955051)

The world-famous university comedy troupe Cambridge Footlights (Mar 13 & Apr 3) return with two nights of hilarious sketches, songs and stand-up from some of the country’s finest student comedians and Olivier Award-winners Griff Rhys Jones and Janie Dee star in a devastatingly funny portrait of married life An Hour and a Half Late (Apr 4-9 ).

Cambridge Arts Theatre new season 2022: Barry Humphries. (54954897)
Cambridge Arts Theatre new season 2022: Barry Humphries. (54954897)

Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel Private Peaceful (Mar 15-19) takes audiences on a journey of courage, devotion, family and friendship, set against the epic backdrop of WWI and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Nov 22-26), based on the Sunday Times bestselling book and subsequent star-studded film, is a joyous comedy about taking risks, finding love and embracing second chances, even in the most surprising of places.

Cambridge Arts Theatre new season 2022: BalletBoyz Deluxe. Pic by George Piper (54954893)
Cambridge Arts Theatre new season 2022: BalletBoyz Deluxe. Pic by George Piper (54954893)

For those who prefer beautiful music or dance over a drama, there are a number of productions to tempt you. BalletBoyz (Mar 20-22 ) are back! The incredible all male dance group present Deluxe, an explosion of mesmeric, witty and distinctive ballet; English Touring Opera (Apr 20-23) returns to Cambridge with two stunning operas; a poetic production of Puccini’s La Bohème and a lively new production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s comic Russian fantasy The Golden Cockerel and Britain’s most popular soprano Lesley Garrett (Apr 24) joins us for a delightful evening of song, reminiscences and chat, giving audiences a unique insight into her life on stage.

Younger theatregoers (and their grown-ups) can enjoy The Smartest Giant in Town (May 4-8), based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s bestselling picture book, which is being brought to life in a musical, puppet-filled adventure for ages 3+.

Cambridge Arts Theatre new season 2022: Smartest Giant in Town production photos- Little Angel 2021 (54955078)
Cambridge Arts Theatre new season 2022: Smartest Giant in Town production photos- Little Angel 2021 (54955078)

Last, but by no means least, two well-known personalities are visiting the Arts Theatre for the first time. Author and poet Lemn Sissay (May 22) reads from his bestselling memoir My Name is Why, followed by a Q&A with the audience and national treasure and Australian actor-comedian Barry Humphries (May 31-Jun 1) takes audiences on a revelatory trip through his colourful life and theatrical career in The Man Behind the Mask.

Visit cambridgeartstheatre.com to book tickets.



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