Cambridge's leading amateur theatre production company

Established 1981


Auditions for
will be held on
Monday 23 & Thursday 26 September 2019

at St Mark's Community Centre, Barton Road, Newnham, Cambridge, CB3 9JZ

Auditons will be on an appointment basis.
Please email Joyce Fenton to book an audition slot.

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Please select a maximum of 3 pieces to bring to your audition. There is no need to learn any of the pieces.

For more information email Colin Lawrence

Bleak House is the story of the Jarndyce family, who wait in vain to inherit money from a disputed fortune in the settlement of the extremely long-running lawsuit of Jarndyce and Jarndyce.

Ada Clare and Richard Carstone are caught up in the case which could eventually make them incredibly rich, if it can ever be brought to a conclusion. They go to live at Bleak House which is owned by the generous John Jarndyce, who is given custody, by the court, of Ada and Richard. Jarndyce is also the guardian of Esther Summerson, who also lives at Bleak House.

The many sub-plots feature numerous other characters all of whose lives are tied in some way or other to the outcome of the case. Characters like, Sir Leicester Dedlock and his wife, Lady Dedlock who nurses a dark secret; a secret which the merciless lawyer, Tulkinghorn tries desperately to uncover. Into the mix are thrown Guppy, a lovelorn solicitor’s clerk, Smallweed, a grasping moneylender, Hortense a conniving servant, Krook  a rag and bottle dealer, the Snagsbys, a law stationer and his nagging wife, Jo, a consumptive crossing sweeper, and Bucket, a police detective,.

The story blends together a number of different genres: detective fiction, romance, melodrama and satire and illustrates what Dickens considered to be the one great principle of the English law ... to make business for itself.

For more information email Colin Lawrence