John Cleese, Ali G, Hugh Laurie, and Douglas Adams: what do these celebrities have in common, other than being funny and British? All have ties to the
Cambridge Footlights Dramatic Club
. The University of Cambridge Footlights have produced many of Britain’s premier comedians, and the troupe holds regular performances at the ADC Theatre on Jesus Lane. The best time to see shows is a few months after school begins, because this means the Footlights have had time to practice as a group. Anglia Ruskin University, off Cambridge’s East Road, also produces quality student theatre at the
. Shows here will usually be cheaper and less crowded than those at the world-famous ADC.
Cambridge’s annual festivals offer a incomparable opportunity for free dramatic and musical performances. The Strawberry Fair, held in the first week in June, is open to everyone and is targeted especially towards children. Entertainment includes outdoor live music and amateur theatre. Also taking place in June is the absurdly-named May Week, the week of festivities that marks the end of the University’s Easter Term. It’s a chance to see students rejoicing as well as enjoy free plays in the college courtyards.
Perhaps the best of Cambridge's performing arts can be found at the
. The Festival has taken place every August since 1964, and has attracted prestigious performers since the very beginning - Paul Simon was part of the 1964 lineup. The organizers define “folk” rather broadly, and the festival draws country, jazz, rock ‘n roll, alternative and pop artists.