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The ADC Theatre is the home of the Footlights.
The ADC Theatre is the home of the Footlights.

Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club, commonly referred to simply as the Footlights, is an amateur theatrical club in Cambridge, England, run by the students of Cambridge University and now also the Anglia Ruskin University (formerly Anglia Polytechnic University). It was founded in 1883. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (636x780, 139 KB) ADC Theatre, Cambridge. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (636x780, 139 KB) ADC Theatre, Cambridge. ... This article is about Cambridge, England; see also other places called Cambridge. ... The University of Cambridge (often Cambridge University), located in Cambridge, England, is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and has a reputation as one of the worlds most prestigious universities. ... The revamped main entrance to Anglia Ruskin University on East Road, Cambridge. ... 1883 (MDCCCLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...


It grew in prominence in the 1960s, as a hotbed of comedy and satire, and continues to produce the regular and very popular Smokers at the ADC Theatre - an informal mixture of sketches and stand-up. Comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humour with an intent to provoke[[ laughter in general). ... 1867 edition of the satirical magazine Punch, a British satirical magazine, ground-breaking on popular literature satire. ... It has been suggested that CUADC be merged into this article or section. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


Footlights also produces regular plays and sketch shows, such as this year's sell-out Spring Revue Circus and the tour show Niceties, which has just concluded a well-received run at this summer's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Contents

Famous Footlights members

The careers of many prominent figures in the world of entertainment began in Footlights, including:

A Douglas Adams -- Clive Anderson -- David Armand -- Alexander Armstrong -- Pete Atkin -- Richard Ayoade
B David Baddiel -- Morwenna Banks -- Humphrey Barclay -- Cecil Beaton -- Leslie Bricusse -- Eleanor Bron -- Tim Brooke-Taylor
C Jon Canter -- Graham Chapman -- John Cleese -- Sacha Baron Cohen -- Peter Cook -- Joe Craig
D Hugh Dennis
E Jimmy Edwards
F Alan Fleming-Baird -- David Frost -- Stephen Fry
G Graeme Garden -- Mel Giedroyc -- Germaine Greer
H Nick Hancock -- Norman Hartnell -- David Hatch -- Natalie Haynes --Tony Hendra -- Kit Hesketh-Harvey -- Tom Hollander
-- Matthew Holness --Claude Hulbert -- Jack Hulbert
I Eric Idle
J Clive James -- Simon Jones
L Hugh Laurie -- Jonathan Lynn
M Dan Mazer -- Rory McGrath -- Ben Miller -- Jonathan Miller -- David Mitchell -- Lucy Montgomery -- Neil Mullarkey -- Jimmy Mulville
-- Simon Munnery -- Richard Murdoch
O Bill Oddie -- John Oliver
P Sue Perkins -- Steve Punt
R Jan Ravens -- Griff Rhys Jones
S Charles Shaughnessy -- Julian Slade -- Tony Slattery -- William Sutcliffe
T Emma Thompson -- Sandi Toksvig
W Mark Watson -- Robert Webb

Douglas Noël Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English author, comic radio dramatist, and musician. ... Clive Anderson (born 10 December 1952) is a British former barrister (specialising in criminal law) turned comedy writer and television presenter. ... David Armand (born David Whitehead) is an English comedian and actor and a member of the comedy troupe The Hollow Men. ... Alexander Armstrong is a British comedian. ... This article needs cleanup. ... Richard Ayoade Publicity Photo Richard Ayoade (born c. ... David Baddiel (born May 28, 1964, Troy, New York, USA) is an English comedian, novelist and television presenter. ... Morwenna Banks (born 1964 in Flushing, Cornwall, England) is a British actress and comedian. ... Humphrey Barclay (born 1941) is a comedy executive and producer whose first foray into show business was via the Cambridge Footlights. ... Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton (January 14, 1904 – January 18, 1980) was an English fashion and portrait photographer and a stage and costume designer for films and the theatre. ... Leslie Bricusse (born 29 January 1931) is a British lyricist. ... Eleanor Bron (born 14 March 1938) is a British stage, film and television actress and author. ... Tim Brooke-Taylor (April 2000) Timothy Julian Brooke-Taylor, (born 17 July 1940 in Buxton, Derbyshire, England) is a British comic actor most well known in Britain as a member of The Goodies comedy trio and in the comedy radio shows Im Sorry I Havent a Clue, and... Jon Canter is an English television comedy scriptwriter writing for Lenny Henry and other leading comedians. ... Graham Chapman (8 January 1941–4 October 1989) was an English comedian, actor, writer and physician. ... John Marwood Cleese (born October 27, 1939) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy winning English comedian and actor most famous for being one of the founding members of the renowned comedy group Monty Python. ... Sacha Noam Baron Cohen[1] (born October 13, 1971) is an English comedian and actor most noted for his comic characters Borat (a Kazakh reporter), Ali G (a junglist from Staines, England) and Bruno (a flamboyantly gay Austrian fashion reporter). ... Peter Edward Cook (17 November 1937 – 9 January 1995) was an English satirist, writer and comedian. ... Novelist and Musician. ... Hugh Dennis (born Peter Dennis, 1962) is a UK actor, comedian and writer. ... Jimmy Edwards (23 March 1920 – 7 July 1988 was a British radio and television comedy actor, best known as Pa Glum in Take It From Here and as the headmaster Professor James Edwards in Whack-O. Born James Keith ONeill in Barnes, London, Edwards served in the Royal Air... Alan Fleming-Baird (1972- ) is a composer of music in many media, including concert works for large orchestras. ... Sir David Paradine Frost, OBE (born April 7, 1939) is an English television presenter. ... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... Graeme Garden, as a Beefeater in The Goodies (TV series) episode The Tower of London David Graeme Garden (born February 18, 1943) is a British comedy writer and performer. ... Mel Giedroyc (born June 5, 1968 in Epsom, London) is a British television presenter, actress, and writer. ... Germaine Greer (born January 29, 1939) is a writer, broadcaster and retired academic, who is widely regarded as one of the most significant feminist voices of the 20th century. ... Nick Hancock (born January 25, 1962, Stoke-on-Trent) is a British actor and television presenter. ... Norman Hartnell (1901 - 1979) was a British fashion designer appointed dressmaker to the British Royal Family in 1938. ... Sir David Hatch attended the University of Cambridge, where he was also a member of the prestigious Cambridge Footlights Club. ... Natalie Haynes is a British comedian and author. ... Tony Hendra (born 1941) is an English satirist and writer, who has worked mostly in the United States. ... Kit Hesketh-Harvey is a British comic performer and scriptwriter (born Nyasaland, now Malawi, 1957). ... Tom Hollander in The Lawless Heart Tom Hollander (born 1967) is an English actor who has appeared in Enigma, Gosford Park, Cambridge Spies and Pride and Prejudice. ... Matthew Holness is an English comedian. ... Claude Hulbert (25 December 1900 - 11 January 1964) was a British comic actor. ... Jack Hulbert (24 April 1892 - 25 March 1978) was a British actor. ... Eric Idle (born March 29, 1943) is an English comedian, actor, author and writer of comedic songs. ... Clive James in 1976 Clive James AM (born Vivian James October 10, 1939) in Kogarah, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, is an expatriate Australian writer, poet, essayist, critic, and commentator on popular culture. ... Simon Jones as an upset Arthur Dent, watching his home being demolished in the first episode of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy BBC TV series. ... James Hugh Calum Laurie OBE (born June 11, 1959) is a Golden Globe-winning British actor, comedian and writer. ... Jonathan Lynn (born April 3, 1943), is a British actor and comedy writer. ... Dan Mazer (born 1971) is a British Comedian, screen-writer, TV and film producer. ... McGrath presenting More Own Goals & Gaffs DVD. Rory McGrath (born March 3, 1956) is a British comedian. ... Ben Miller (born 1966) is a British comedian, director and actor. ... Miller (far left) with the Beyond the Fringe cast Sir Jonathan Wolfe Miller, CBE (b. ... David Mitchell (born 14 July 1974 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England[1]) is an English comedian, actor and writer. ... Lucy Montgomery is a British comedian, actor, and writer, and one third of Comedy Theatre Company Population 3, along with James Bachman and Barunka OShaughnessy. ... Neil Mullarkey is a British actor, writer, and comedian. ... James Thomas Mulville (born January 5, 1955) is a British comedian, comedy writer, producer and television presenter. ... Simon Munnery, also known by his stagenames of Alan Parker: Urban Warrior and The League Against Tedium, is an English comedy writer and experimental standup comedian. ... Richard Stinker Murdoch (1907-1990) was a British comedian. ... Bill Oddie William Edgar (Bill) Oddie, OBE (born July 7, 1941 in Rochdale, Greater Manchester) is a comedy writer and performer, author, composer and musician. ... John Oliver (born 1977[1]) is a British comedian and correspondent on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. ... Sue Perkins 2006 Tour Photo. ... Steve Punt is a British writer, comedian and actor, most famous for his long-time partnership with Hugh Dennis. ... Jan Ravens (born May 14, 1958 in Bebington, Wirral) is an English actress and impressionist, famous for her voices on Spitting Image and Dead Ringers. ... Griff Rhys Jones (born 16 November 1953) is a British comedian, writer and actor. ... Charles Shaughnessy Charles Shaughnessy (b. ... Julian Penkivil Slade (born London, May 28, 1930) is an English writer of musical theatre best-known for the show Salad Days, which became the UKs longest-running show of the 1950s, and Trelawny. ... Anthony Declan James Slattery (born 9 November 1959) is a British actor and comedian. ... William Sutcliffe (born 1971) is a British novelist. ... Thompson in the 1989 film The Tall Guy Emma Thompson (born April 15, 1959) is a two-time Academy Award and BAFTA-winning English actress, comedienne, and screenwriter. ... Sandi Toksvig, official photograph Sandi Toksvig (IPA: ) (born 3 May 1958 in Copenhagen) is a Danish comedian, author, and radio presenter based in the United Kingdom. ... Mark Watson is a British comedian and author. ... Robert Webb (born 29 September 1972) is an English comedian, actor and writer, and one half of Mitchell and Webb, alongside David Mitchell. ...

Footlights President

The elected leader of Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club is known as the Footlights President. There is also a Vice President. Past presidents have included The Goodies members Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden, as well as Peter Cook, Hugh Laurie, Tony Slattery, and Monty Python member Eric Idle. This article discusses the Goodies trio and the origins of their comedy TV series For information about the television series, see The Goodies (TV series) The Goodies are a trio of British comedians (Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Bill Oddie), who created, wrote, and starred in a surreal British... Tim Brooke-Taylor (April 2000) Timothy Julian Brooke-Taylor, (born 17 July 1940 in Buxton, Derbyshire, England) is a British comic actor most well known in Britain as a member of The Goodies comedy trio and in the comedy radio shows Im Sorry I Havent a Clue, and... Graeme Garden, as a Beefeater in The Goodies (TV series) episode The Tower of London David Graeme Garden (born February 18, 1943) is a British comedy writer and performer. ... Peter Edward Cook (17 November 1937 – 9 January 1995) was an English satirist, writer and comedian. ... James Hugh Calum Laurie OBE (born June 11, 1959) is a Golden Globe-winning British actor, comedian and writer. ... Anthony Declan James Slattery (born 9 November 1959) is a British actor and comedian. ... Monty Python, or The Pythons, is the collective name of the creators of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. ... Eric Idle (born March 29, 1943) is an English comedian, actor, author and writer of comedic songs. ...


The current Footlights President is Tom Sharpe and the current Vice-Presidents are Tom Williams and Luke Roberts. They are joined on the Footlights Committee by Helen Cripps, Tom Kingsley and Alastair Roberts.


List of Presidents

  • 1886 - F.W. Mortimer
  • 1887 - J.J. Withers
  • 1888 - W.S. Gilbert
  • 1890 - Oscar Browning
  • 1891 - C.M. Rae
  • 1892 - Oscar Browning
  • 1894 - Oscar Browning
  • 1895 - Oscar Browning
  • 1896 - H.C. Pollitt
  • 1897 - H.C. Pollitt
  • 1898 - M.V. Leveaux
  • 1899 - S.W. Burgess
  • 1900 - O.J. Goedecker
  • 1901 - R.J. White
  • 1902 - E.K. Fordham
  • 1904 - G.S. Heathcote
  • 1905 - G.S. Heathcote
  • 1906 - H. Rottenburg
  • 1907 - H. Rottenburg
  • 1908 - J.S. Murray
  • 1909 - L.B. Tillard
  • 1910 - A.R. Inglis
  • 1911 - A.R. Inglis
  • 1912 - P.D. Ravenscroft
  • 1913 - C.A.A. Douglas Hamilton
  • 1914 - M. Cutherston
  • 1919 - B.D. Nicholson
  • 1920 - B.D. Nicholson
  • 1921 - M.D. Lyon
  • 1922 - M.D. Lyon
  • 1923 - F.E. Powell
  • 1924 - J.A.C. Barradale
  • 1925 - H.J. Warrender
  • 1926 - J.D. Houison Craufurd
  • 1927 - H.C. Martineau
  • 1928 - H.E.R. Mitchell
  • 1929 - J. Fell Clark
  • 1930 - J.C. Byrom
  • 1931 - R.S. Hill
  • 1932 - P.E. Lyon
  • 1933 - J.A. Coates
  • 1934 - Lord Killanin
  • 1935 - Harry Lee
  • 1936 - Peter Crane
  • 1937 - Albert E.P. Robison
  • 1938 - P.B. Meyer
  • 1939 - Sir Robert Ricketts
  • 1947 - D.C. Orders
  • 1948 - D.C. Orders
  • 1949 - Simon Phipps
  • 1950 - Adrian Vale
  • 1951 - Ian Kellie
  • 1952 - Andrew Davidson
  • 1953 - Peter Firth
  • 1954 - Leslie Bricusse
  • 1955 - Brian Marber
  • 1956 - Tim Berington
  • 1957 - Allan Mitchell
  • 1958 - Peter Stroud
  • 1959 - Adrian Slade
  • 1960 - Peter Cook
  • 1961 - Peter Bellwood
  • 1962 - Robert Atkins
  • 1963 - Tim Brooke-Taylor
  • 1964 - Graeme Garden
  • 1965 - Eric Idle
  • 1966 - Andrew Mayer
  • 1967 - Clive James
  • 1968 - Jonathan James-Moore
  • 1969 - Barry Brown
  • 1970 - Adrian Edwards
  • 1971 - Richard MacKenna

Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (November 18, 1836 - May 29, 1911) was a British dramatist and librettist best known for his operatic collaborations with the composer Arthur Sullivan. ... The Right Honourable Michael Morris, 3rd Baron Killanin, MBE (30 July 1914–25 April 1999) was an Irish journalist and sports official, the sixth president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). ... Leslie Bricusse (born 29 January 1931) is a British lyricist. ... Adrian Slade, born 1939, is a British Liberal Democrat politician. ... Peter Edward Cook (17 November 1937 – 9 January 1995) was an English satirist, writer and comedian. ... The Rt Hon Sir Robert Atkins (born 1946) is a Conservative Party politician from the United Kingdom. ... Tim Brooke-Taylor (April 2000) Timothy Julian Brooke-Taylor, (born 17 July 1940 in Buxton, Derbyshire, England) is a British comic actor most well known in Britain as a member of The Goodies comedy trio and in the comedy radio shows Im Sorry I Havent a Clue, and... Graeme Garden, as a Beefeater in The Goodies (TV series) episode The Tower of London David Graeme Garden (born February 18, 1943) is a British comedy writer and performer. ... Eric Idle (born March 29, 1943) is an English comedian, actor, author and writer of comedic songs. ... Clive James in 1976 Clive James AM (born Vivian James October 10, 1939) in Kogarah, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, is an expatriate Australian writer, poet, essayist, critic, and commentator on popular culture. ... Jonathan James-Moore (22 March 1946 - 20 November 2005) was a theatre manager and BBC radio producer and executive. ... Jon Canter is an English television comedy scriptwriter writing for Lenny Henry and other leading comedians. ... Clive Anderson (born 10 December 1952) is a British former barrister (specialising in criminal law) turned comedy writer and television presenter. ... James Thomas Mulville (born January 5, 1955) is a British comedian, comedy writer, producer and television presenter. ... Martin Bergman (producer, writer and director) was born June 17th, 1957. ... Robert Bathurst as Mark in one of the fantasy stand-up sequences in Joking Apart Robert Bathurst (born 1958, Ghana) is a British actor. ... Jan Ravens (born May 14, 1958 in Bebington, Wirral) is an English actress and impressionist, famous for her voices on Spitting Image and Dead Ringers. ... James Hugh Calum Laurie OBE (born June 11, 1959) is a Golden Globe-winning British actor, comedian and writer. ... Anthony Declan James Slattery (born 9 November 1959) is a British actor and comedian. ... Neil Mullarkey is a British actor, writer, and comedian. ... Nick Hancock (born January 25, 1962, Stoke-on-Trent) is a British actor and television presenter. ... Henry Naylor is a British comedy writer and performer, best known for his work with comedy partner Andy Parsons. ... Sue Perkins 2006 Tour Photo. ... Mark Evans is a Welsh comedian, actor, and writer. ... David Mitchell (born 14 July 1974 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England[1]) is an English comedian, actor and writer. ... Richard Ayoade Publicity Photo Richard Ayoade (born c. ...

Footlights book

Footlights! (book cover)

Information about the Footlights Revues during the first one hundred years of the Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club (1883—1983), and the people who appeared in them — with a foreword by Eric Idle: Image File history File links Download high resolution version (610x740, 85 KB) Summary Book cover - visual reference Licensing This image is of a book cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned either by the artist who created the cover or the publisher of the book. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (610x740, 85 KB) Summary Book cover - visual reference Licensing This image is of a book cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned either by the artist who created the cover or the publisher of the book. ...

  • Footlights! — 'A Hundred Years of Cambridge Comedy' — Robert Hewison, Methuen London Ltd, 1983,
    ISBN 0-413-51150-2.

See also

The Oxford Revue is a sketch comedy group featuring students from Oxford University. ...

External links

  • Official website
  • Past members and shows
  • Footlights Alumni Association

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Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club, commonly referred to simply as the Footlights, is an amateur theatrical club in Cambridge, England, run by the students of Cambridge University and now also the Anglia Ruskin University (formerly Anglia Polytechnic University).
It grew in prominence in the 1960s, as a hotbed of comedy and satire, and continues to produce the regular, and very popular Smokers at the ADC Theatre; informal mixtures of sketches and stand-up.
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