The Cambridge theatre, festival and arts scene ranks with the best of British cities. Top festivals include the annual Cambridge Folk Festival and Cambridge Wordfest Literary Festival twice annually in Spring and Winter. Classic Shakespeare plays are regularly performed at the Cambridge Arts Theatre and catch cutting edge drama at the ADC Theatre. The Cambridge Corn Exchange is a hub venue for live music gigs and best comedy nights.
Cambridge Arts Theatre
The intimate Cambridge Arts Theatre is a hub for Shakespeare classics (performances at Shakespeare’s Globe London often transfer here). Great children’s theatre, West End dramas and a traditional Christmas pantomime can all be enjoyed at this theatre.
The ADC Theatre has a rich theatrical history in the city. It’s the main theatre space for Cambridge University and former students who have launched their careers here include Sir Ian McKellen (St Catharine’s College) and Rachel Weisz (Trinity Hall). The ADC is main host for the Cambridge WordFest and offers a wide variety of shows from cutting edge drama to comedy shows.
The Mumford Theatre is part of the Anglia Polytechnic University campus in Cambridge. Touring, local community and student theatre features here as well as lunch time concerts. A kiosk bar is onsite.
The Cambridge Corn Exchange
The Corn Exchange is a hub for live music concerts as well as comedy shows, entertainment and children’s shows. The Corn Exchange also plays host to the annual Cambridge International Concert Series, a mecca for classical music fans. An eclectic mix of top comedians, cover bands, famous names from the world of pop and themed music nights all feature at The Corn Exchange.
Cambridge cinemas include the fantastic Picturehouse Cinema which screens a mix of art house and mainstream cinema, plus special features like Glyndebourne Live. The onsite bar serves a choice of continental beers as well as the locally brewed Moonshine brewery real ale. Cambridge also has a large modern Vue Cinema with eight screens at the Grafton Centre and a Cineworld Cinema at Cambridge Leisure Park.
Festival city Cambridge offers a year round programme of best music, arts and literary festivals. Spring and Winter sees the arrival of Cambridge Wordfest featuring an impressive line-up of world famous authors. The celebrated Cambridge Folk Festival takes place annually in late July/early August and is widely considered to be ‘the daddy of UK folk festivals’. Other major city festivals including a comedy, film and street performers festival and you’ll always find something going on during the big ‘Summer in the City’ event from June to September.