The 50th Cambridge Drama Festival (2018)

Cambridge Drama Festival23rd – 28th April 2018 at 7:30pm
Mumford Theatre, East Road, Cambridge

£10/£8 per night or £36/£30 for a season ticket

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The Cambridge Drama Festival committee are proud to announce the 50th edition of the Cambridge Drama Festival – taking place in April this year. Enjoy two or three plays each evening; have a drink at the bar; enter our quizzes and competitions; share your thoughts about the plays and enjoy hearing a critique from our professional adjudicator.

As per usual, the week culminates in the Festival Awards Ceremony on Saturday 28th April where they will present trophies to the winning teams and individuals to recognise their contribution during the festival. More details about all of the available awards can be seen in the awards section.

The Festival Programme

Monday 23 April

  • Stagefright – HAPPY EVER AFTER by Andra Bishop (J)
  • Out of Ideas – THE CAT BURGLAR by Sarah Ridley (N)

Tuesday 24 April

  • Cue 5 – THEIR LAST HOPE by Tom Heald (N)
  • Based on a True Story – PARTY NIGHT by Sean Lang (N)
  • Waterbeach Community Players – THE HIRAM J HAFFENBACKER SHOW by David Morris (N)

Wednesday 25 April

  • Samuel Ward Academy – CHEQUERED FLAGS TO CHEQUERED FUTURES by Mark Wheeler (J)
  • CADS – ROMANCE IS DEAD by Ben Lewis

Thursday 26 April

  • Hinchingbrooke School – THREE by Harriet Braun (J)
  • Waterbeach Theatre Company – THE LOST ARCHER by Tim Boden (N)
  • Big Squirrel – FLAT 2B by Kattreya Scheurer-Smith (N)

Friday 27 April

  • Dramawise/Sky Blue Theatre – THE METHOD by Frances Bartram (J)
  • Combined Actors of Cambridge – LEAR’S DAUGHTERS by Women’s Theatre Group
  • Adaptive Theatre – COALS FOR THE PORTER’S CHAIR by Richard Peoples


  • Drama Queens – THE ALLOTMENT by Gillian Plowman
  • BAWDS – THE LAST BREAD PUDDING by Nick Warburton

Followed by the Awards Ceremony

(N: eligible for the Best New Play Award, J: Youth Team)

Our Adjudicator

Jan Palmer-Sayer GoDA.

Further Information for groups taking part

We have provided various bits of information which can be downloaded by clicking the buttons below. If you have any further questions read these documents, please do not hesitate to get in contact with Chris Avery, Festival Secretary, on 01954 781233 or by emailing

Download an Entry Form Download the Festival Rules Help and advice for teams