Welcome to the Festival Players' website!
Festival Players is a group of Cambridge-based amateur dramatics performers who currently produce one or two musical productions each year. We also stage a variety of workshops, concerts and social events. Mel Brook's "The Producers" was our highly acclaimed 2011 production, which ran for two near sell-out weeks at the ADC Theatre in Cambridge. Chess was our 2010 production, and 'Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' was our 2009 production, following on from the success of 2008's 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' and 'The Little Shop of Horrors'.
The Cambridge Festival Players
Originally formed to enter musicals in the Cambridge Festival, the Festival Players sprang into life as an amateur dramatics group in 1973 with a production of 'The Arcadians', an Edwardian musical by Lionel Monckton and Howard Talbot. There followed seven years of Festival Players' entries into the Cambridge Festival, and by 1980, membership had escalated and the Festival Players moved their productions to the Mumford Theatre on the campus of Anglia Polytechnic University.
Throughout their history, the Festival Players have tackled an enormous variety of amateur productions, from favourites such as 'Fiddler on the Roof' and 'Oklahoma!' to a number of exciting and demanding productions, including 'Little Shop of Horrors' (2008), 'Singin' in the Rain' (2000), 'Crazy for You' (2003),'The Scarlet Pimpernel' (2008), and Cambridgeshire premieres of 'The Producers' (2011), 'Jekyll and Hyde - the musical' (2006) and 'The Witches of Eastwick' (2007), which involved some extremely technical special effects, including exploding banners, self-playing cellos and, of course, flying witches, and our latest production, 'Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street' the technically demanding Sondheim musical, which sold-out completely over a week in advance of curtain-up. The society's most recent production was 'Hot Mikado', continuing our commitment to stage interesting, modern musicals - whatever challenges they may present!
We have been lucky in the last few years to have been graced by a number of talented leads and directors. Our 2008 production of 'The Scarlet Pimpernel ' won a number of accolades, including the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) award for best amateur show in the area. We have also won the Combinations best amateur musical award for a large number of our recent shows. 'The Witches of Eastwick' also boasted three sell-out performances and received rave reviews in a number of local publications.
The Cambridge Festival Players are a lively and dynamic society that has performed a wide variety of modern musicals since its inception. The society currently stages one major amateur musical production a year, but has an active year-round social calendar including concerts, quizzes, workshops and, of course, trips to see both professional and other amateur musicals.
Festival Players is a friendly society of all ages that welcomes new members by open audition. If you are interested in joining the group, or are interested in directing a show, please look at the Joining the Festival Players page and please contact our friendly secretary, Davinia.