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The ADC Theatre will be closing its doors for a major renovation this summer.

The much-loved theatr..

By admin , in Cambridge , at April 24, 2018

The ADC Theatre will be closing its doors for a major renovation this summer.

The much-loved theatre is already closed for the academic season with current shows being held in the Corpus Playroom.

The new-look theatre will feature two new lighting bridges and a new ventilation system. There will also be a few necessary repairs taking place.

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The auditorium is also being decorated and will have all new (purple) seating.

Theatre manager Victoria Collins said: “When the University of Cambridge took over management of the ADC Theatre in 1973, alumnus Sir Peter Hall expressed the fear that the theatre would cease to be the 'messy thing it is.'

"45 years on it is safe to say the theatre hasnt lost its chaotic character.”

The ADC Theatre, on Cambridge's Park Street

“Students are still offered the space to experiment and create innovative theatre that stands them in good stead for their future careers.

“It is this “messy”, experimental edge that has helped provide a solid foundation for many theatre luminaries, including Sir Ian McKellen, Rachel Weisz and Emma Thompson, among countless others…

The theatre was previously refurbished in 2008, and will now be getting a more advanced lighting system

“In our mission to continue offering industry standard facilities to students, the ADC will be undergoing a major renovation this summer.

“In order for this to happen, the ADC Theatre will be closing its doors from April-October 2018.”

But as they say, the show must go on.

A former play Hello Dolly at the Cambridge Arts Theatre.

During the closure, the theatre will be popping up at a number of venues all over the city as part of the ADC on Tour.

Ms Collins added: “Whilst saddened to be temporarily closing our main venue, we are excited to be using this period as an opportunity to reconnect with our rough and ready roots.

“We will be maintaining an active programme at our Fringe venue, the Corpus Playroom, and will also be launching ADC on Tour.”

ADC on Tour is a collaborative project between students and local businesses.

Students will be creating productions in pop up theatres all around Cambridge over the summer season.

The tour will kick start with Hamlet at the Round Church (Image: David Johnson)

The tour kick starts at the Round Church with a production of Hamlet (May, 1-5) before heading off to Ballare nightclub for Sondheims Merrily We Roll Along (May, 15-19).

ADC theatre next-door neighbours, the Cambridge Union, will be hosting The Footlights International Tour Show: Pillow Talk (June, 12-23) and the season will culminate in an epic two-part adaptation of Philip Pullmans His Dark Materials in the temporary exhibition space of the Fitzwilliam Museum (August, 27 July – 4).

Collins continues: “Sir Peter Hall concluded his statement by saying that the theatres essential “messiness” is what allows creativity to thrive. In launching this tour, the ADC is creating theatre at its best: vibrant, innovative, and beautifully messy.”

The re-opening will take place from Tuesday, October 2 until Saturday, October 6.

The first production in the new theatre will be The Tempest and will be staged by Cambridge American Stage Tour following their tour around the East coast of America.

For a full line up of shows head to adctheatre.com.

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