Ralph Fiennes among actors lined up for Cambridge Arts Theatre’s return
The Cambridge Arts Theatre is reopening its doors and bringing live performance to the region once again after its longest period of closure since World War II.
A renowned actor of stage and screen is treading the boards in what will be a highlight in the Arts Theatre’s re-opening season. Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Skyfall) stars and directs a new stage adaptation of TS Eliot’s Four Quartets (June 28-July 10).
Fresh from London’s Fortune Theatre, Susan Hill’s spine-chilling gothic ghost story The Woman in Black (June 17-26) comes to life in a terrifying live theatre experience, while Willy Russell’s legendary musical Blood Brothers (August 3-7) tells the moving tale of twins separated at birth, in a smash-hit production that has surpassed 10,000 performances in the West End.
Meanwhile, Mischief Theatre, the team behind the side-splitting West End hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong, return with two laugh-out-loud comedies - Magic Goes Wrong (August 10-21) and Groan Ups (October 18-23).
There will also be children’s shows for the whole family to enjoy. Join an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father as they reimagine the story of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved picture book The Snail and the Whale (July 28-August 1) in a show for children aged 4+.
Prepare for the horrible history of Britain with the nasty bits left in with Barmy Britain (August 24-28), the perfect summer holiday treat for ages 5+, and best-selling author David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny (October 27-30) hits Cambridge throughout October half-term, perfect for children aged 5+.
Drama-wise, the theatre presents David Mamet’s controversial drama Oleanna (June 8-12) reveals the ultimate example of the power dynamic between student and professor, causing uproar and heated debate among audiences.
Michael Frayn’s multi award-winning Copenhagen (July 12-17) is a dazzling exploration of two brilliant minds in 1941 Nazi occupied Copenhagen, while Oliver Ford Davies (Game of Thrones) and Stephen Boxer (The Crown) star in the new political drama, A Splinter of Ice (July 20-24), exploring an unlikely friendship in 1987 Moscow.
Also coming to the theatre are television stars Julian Clary and Matthew Kelly, who will be joining forces in Ronald Harwood’s affectionate and hilarious portrait of backstage life in The Dresser (October 12-16), and esteemed actors Patricia Hodge and Nigel Havers star in Noël Coward’s gloriously entertaining comedy-drama, Private Lives (November 17-22).
For more information, visit cambridgeartstheatre.com.