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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.

Ralph Fiennes in Four Quartets
Ralph Fiennes in Four Quartets

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).

The Woman in Black
The Woman in Black

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.

Blood Brothers
Blood Brothers

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).

Magic Goes Wrong. Picture: Robert Day
Magic Goes Wrong. Picture: Robert Day
Groan Ups
Groan Ups

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+.

The Snail and the Whale
The Snail and the Whale

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+.

Gangsta Granny by David Williams
Gangsta Granny by David Williams

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.

Oleanna by David Mamet. Picture: Nobby Clark
Oleanna by David Mamet. Picture: Nobby Clark

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.

A Splinter of Ice
A Splinter of Ice

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).

The Dresser
The Dresser

For more information, visit cambridgeartstheatre.com.

Read more:

Review: Dame Trott’s Panto Palaver at Cambridge Arts Theatre

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery: on now at the Cambridge Arts Theatre

Julian Clary brings his outrageous brand of humour and risqué stories to Cambridge

Nigel Havers play starts its UK tour in Cambridge next week



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