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This infobase is designed to contain all the necessary information you may need to know about the ADC Theatre and putting on a show there. Check out the links to the right (nested under "ADC Theatre") for various pages about specific things at the theatre. If you need any more information, please contact the Production Manager on

There is always help available at the ADC Theatre, so please get in touch at any point if you need assistance or advice!

The University employ six members of staff to keep things running smoothly. We are here to help you and act to co-ordinate the activities of all those using the Theatre. You should come to us with any queries or troubles and try and keep us up-to-date with the development of your production.

The ADC Theatre is Cambridge’s University Playhouse, and is the oldest in the country. It is owned by the Amateur Dramatic Club, and managed by the University. The auditorium has a capacity of 228 and usually hosts two shows a night during University Term, at 7.45pm (mainshow) and 11.00pm (lateshow). The Larkum Studio (capacity 40) and ADC Bar (capacity 50) can also be used for performances. Applications for student productions open about half-way through the term before. Hirers are charged on a box office split system, with the theatre taking 37% of gross income.

The majority of technical info about the ADC can be found on the theatre's website, here, and it would be silly to duplicate it here (since that would just mean that one place or the other would be likely to become out of date the next time there is a change). But the theatre's website only contains "hard" specifications and so on, not hints and tips on how to achieve things.

A couple of useful guides on that line exist already:
Projection at the ADC with QLab (see also QLab basics, although that guide isn't ADC specific).
MIDI show control

and of course more would always be encouraged, particularly if you've explored something unusual and learnt things the hard way.

Last edited Thu 22nd May 2014 by Giles Fleming

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