Cambridge Arts Theatre’s re-opening Summer season


Cambridge Arts Theatre is thrilled to be reopening its doors and bringing live performance to Cambridgeshire once again after the Theatre’s longest period of closure since the second World War.

A renowned actor of stage and screen is treading the boards in what will be a glittering highlight in the Arts Theatre’s re-opening season. Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Harry Potter series) stars and directs a brand-new stage adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets (28 Jun – 10 Jul).

The West End is on your doorstep with a host of smash-hit comedies and musicals this Summer. Fresh from London’s Fortune Theatre, Susan Hill’s spine-chilling gothic ghost story The Woman in Black (18-16 Jun) comes to life in the most terrifying live theatre experience of all time; Willy Russell’s legendary musical Blood Brothers (3-7 Aug) tells the captivating and moving tale of twins separated at birth, in a smash-hit production that has surpassed 10,000 performances in the West End and 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 (10-21 Aug) features dare-devil stunts and jaw-dropping feats in Mischief’s biggest comedy catastrophe to date and Groan Ups (18-23 Oct) takes you on a journey from an unruly class of six-year-olds, anarchic high school teenagers to the challenges of adulthood.

The next generation of theatregoers will be thrilled with three fantastic 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 (28 Jul – 1 Aug) in a show for children aged 4+; prepare for the horrible history of Britain with the nasty bits left in with Barmy Britain (24-28 Aug), the perfect summer holiday treat for ages 5+ and best-selling author David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny (27-30 Oct) hits Cambridge throughout October half-term, perfect for children aged 5+.

Last but by no means least, a plethora of world-class dramas will warmly welcome you back to the Theatre with outstanding performances and unrivalled entertainment. David Mamet’s controversial drama Oleanna (8-12 Jun) reveals the ultimate example of the power dynamic between student and professor, causing uproar and heated debate amongst audiences; Michael Frayn’s multi award-winning Copenhagen (12-17 Jul) is a dazzling exploration of two brilliant minds in 1941 Nazi occupied Copenhagen; Oliver Ford Davies (Game of Thrones) and Stephen Boxer (The Crown) star in the coruscating new political drama A Splinter of Ice (20-24 Jul), exploring an unlikely friendship in 1987 Moscow; television stars Julian Clary and Matthew Kelly join forces in Ronald Harwood’s affectionate and hilarious portrait of backstage life in The Dresser (12-16 Oct) and esteemed actors Patricia Hodge and Nigel Havers star in Noël Coward’s gloriously entertaining comedy-drama Private Lives (22-17 Nov).

Cambridge Arts Theatre
June – November 2021

Tuesday 8 – Saturday 12 June
by David Mamet

Thursday 17 – Saturday 26 June
The Woman in Black
by Susan Hill

Monday 28 June – Saturday 10 July
Ralph Fiennes stars in
Four Quartets
by T.S. Eliot

Monday 12 – Saturday 17 July
by Michael Frayn

Tuesday 20 – Saturday 24 July
Oliver Ford Davies and Stephen Boxer star in
A Splinter of Ice
by Ben Brown

Wednesday 28 July – Sunday 1 August
The Snail and the Whale

Tuesday 3 – Saturday 7 August
Blood Brothers
by Willy Russell

Tuesday 10 – Saturday 21 August
Magic Goes Wrong

Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 August
Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain

Tuesday 12 – Saturday 16 October
Julian Clary and Matthew Kelly star in
The Dresser
by Ronald Harwood

Monday 18 – Saturday 23 October
Groan Ups

Wednesday 27 – Saturday 30 October
Gangsta Granny
by David Walliams

Monday 22 – Saturday 27 November (ON SALE SOON)
Patricia Hodge and Nigel Havers star in
Private Lives
by Noël Coward