About Festival Players

Festival Players are a friendly, Cambridge based musical theatre society for all ages. If you are interested in joining the group, or are interested in directing a show, please click here to email our secretary.

The society currently stages one or two major amateur musical productions each year, with an active year-round social calendar including concerts, quizzes,  and, of course, trips to see both professional and other amateur musicals.

Originally formed to enter musicals in the Cambridge Festival, 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 entries into the Cambridge Festival, and by 1980, membership had escalated and Festival Players moved their productions to the Mumford Theatre on the campus of Anglia Polytechnic University.

Throughout their history, 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) ‘The Witches of Eastwick’ (2007) and ‘Parade’ (2013). In 2015 we performed ‘The Secret Garden’ – now about to be revived in the West End. Our 2016 show ‘Legally Blonde – The Musical’ was a huge hit, playing to sold-out houses for every performance.

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