Dirty Rotten Scoundrels collects outstanding reviews

Local Secrets called the show “Tremendous, and full-on funny” praising the principals, ensemble and the musical numbers as “a joy to behold”

Read the full review here:


Meanwhile the official NODA review by Julie Petrucci called the show “Festival Players at the peak of their form”  – the full review follows:

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Festival Players
ADC Theatre Cambridge
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a prime example of how a well-known film can translate so
well to the stage in the form of musical theatre. With great songs, loveable rogue
characters and a clever plot, Festival Players took this show to their heart.
Director STUART SADLER, Musical Director JAMES HARVEY and Choreographer KIRSTY SMITH are individually exceptionally talented. Together they made a fantastic team. The
audience saw clearly the fruits of their talents throughout the evening
The production design team of STUART SADLER, ANDREW FEATHERSTONE and JONATHAN SPRIGGS produced admirable sets with other scenery flown in or rolled on by an efficient PENGUIN CLUB stage crew.

The costumes, of which there were many, by LIZ MILWAY added colour and style.
Backstage costume changes must have been pretty frantic. The lighting, designed by
JAMES WRIGHT, sometimes timed with finger snaps from one of the lead characters,
was well thought through although there were odd spots across the front of the apron
not well lit. However, some of the cast appeared aware of this and imperceptibly
adjusted their position. The 14-piece orchestra, set stage left above the action were
throughout quite exceptional. Only once did the underscoring start to overcome the
dialogue but this was swiftly adjusted. Likewise early radio-mic feedback problems
were nipped in the bud. Nicely controlled NICK HALL.
The Ensemble was kept busy with the Director and Choreographer using them at
every perceived opportunity. They added to rather than distracted from the action
thus giving the show real impact visually. Some of them had a few lines but all
created individual and identifiable characters which now and again were used to add a
soupçon of humour.
There are no well-known numbers in the show, but the music is catchy enough and
well sung by both the principals and the Ensemble. There was some fine harmonising
from offstage too.
Principally the show is a five-hander therefore much depends on the quality of the
leading quintet and there was not a weak character amongst them.
In an impeccable performance WARREN CLARK as Lawrence, really was the suave,
womaniser that was required of the script. He has a terrific singing voice and great
stage presence.
SIMON YOUNG playing Freddy, gave a positively brilliant interpretation of the character.
Great facial expressions, super singing voice and well acted. His Freddy was a great
foil for Lawrence and what can one say about Ruprecht? That scene was absolutely
They were joined by GEORGINA SKINNER playing Christine Colgate with verve and
panache. I liked her almost gauche approach as she gave a very accomplished performance. Great voice too.
I loved RICHARD SCARR as Lawrence’s friend, police Inspector, Andre Thibault which he
played with style and with a great sense of fun. He was a good contrast to the smooth
Lawrence and the enthusiastic Freddy and later came into his own when his romance
blossomed with Muriel. A fine performance .
I very much enjoyed too EMILY REDFARN’s portrayal of Muriel. Although her accent
wavered a bit she delivered her songs well, and achieved an almost naive feeling to
the woman who was basically being taken to the cleaners!! I thought the scene with
Andre was excellent – showing a different side to them both!
Another plus was a delightful cameo from JESSICA CORBETT making her Festival Players
debut as Jolene and she did it full justice. Oklahoma went down a storm with the
Ensemble joining in vocally and energetically with some great line dancing.
This slick production skipped along with much humour and, at times, almost slapstick
comedy. Full of performances which wouldn’t disgrace a West End show and, with
another seven performances to go, I suspect tickets are going to become veritable
gold dust.
This is Festival Players at the pinnacle of their form.
Julie Petrucci
Regional Representative, NODA East District Four South.




Our next show – COMPANY

Our next show will be Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s :
This brilliantly smart and poignant observation of modern relationships is an era-defining musical, showcasing some of Sondheim’s most outstanding songs including ‘Marry Me a Little’, ‘The Ladies Who Lunch’ and the iconic ‘Being Alive’.

It will be presented at the ADC Theatre, Cambridge from 9-13 January 2018.

We are very pleased to confirm that Company will be directed by Cat Nicol, with Ana Sanderson as musical director. Stay tuned for an upcoming audition call!

NODA Award win for Return to the Forbidden Planet

winner2016.pngThe Festival Players 2016 production of Return to the Forbidden Planet has won the award for Best Musical at the NODA East Gala Awards, held in St Ives on 9 April.

The award was collected by Festival Players President Linda Thomas and committee member Michael Husband, on behalf of the production team (director Warren Clark, musical director Joe Griffiths, choreographer Kirsty Smith, and technical director Ian Bruno).

‘Thanks to everyone that helped make this show into an award winner,’ said Warren. ‘It was a huge technical challenge to transform the empty box at Comberton into the interior of a spaceship. The ever-dependable Penguins went beyond the call of duty as they decamped to unfamiliar surroundings and built a complex set involving projection, live cameras, an airlock, and a magnificent console complete with changeable lighting states.

‘The hard-working and talented cast, the stonking live band, and an innovative creative and technical crew made this “pet project” a joy to work on, and I’m thrilled that the team has been recognised with this award.’


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Cast Announced


We are delighted to announce our fantastic cast for the upcoming production of ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ –

Lawrence Jameson – Warren Clark
Freddy Benson – Simon Young
Christine Colgate – Georgina Skinner
Muriel Eubanks – Emily Redfarn
Andre Thibault – Richard Scarr
Jolene Oakes – Jessica Corbett

Alex Elford
Alison Buckingham
Ashleigh Tutchener
Caroline Taylor
Cathy Matthews
Catriona Clarke
Chlo Kitteridge
Chris Nash
Emma Stoye
Frankie Woolgar
Isabelle Kalma
Jenny Lewis
James Martin
Katie Hook
Kerry Kirby-Johnson
Kristian Turner
Lauren Gonnella
Laurie-Lee McDowell
Lucy Sandbach
Magdalena Zun
Susan Sadek
Tara Rose
Zoe Wilson

Director: Stuart Sadler
Musical Director: James Harvey
Choreographer: Kirsty Smith
Production Manager: Oliver Fisher

The ensemble could do with a few more men, so if you haven’t already auditioned and would like to be considered (or know anybody that may be interested), please contact Suzanne at secretary@festivalplayers.org as soon as possible. Rehearsals start 13 March!

Congratulations to all involved!

Hear The People Sing – dates and tickets now on sale

Dates, venues and ticketing details have all now been confirmed for our touring show, Hear The People Sing.

The venues and dates are as follows:

Friday 24th February, Sawston Village College, 7.45pm

Saturday 25th February, Cambridge University Press, 7.45pm

Friday 3rd March, Foxton Village Hall, 7.45pm

Saturday 4th March, Cambourne Village College, 7.45pm

For tickets, please visit our ‘Buy Tickets’ page.

Dirty Rotten Auditions!

aud_callFestival Players are extremely excited to present DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS from 1-10 June 2017 at the ADC Theatre, directed by Stuart Sadler with musical direction by James Harvey and choreography by Kirsty Smith.

The pre-audition information evening for the show will be held at 7.45pm on Tuesday 10th January (just turn up) at Cambridge University Press, Shaftesbury Road, CB2 8BS.

Auditions will be held on Tuesday 24th, Sunday 29th and Tuesday 31st January (booking opens on the information evening) also at CUP.

A lavish spectacular, great music and a hugely funny script – this is a show with wide-ranging principal parts and, in our version, lots and lots of ensemble work. Glamorous sophistication with the Cote d’Azur jet set awaits!

So come to our information evening, meet the Production Team, find out about the parts, have a sing-a-long and get your audition booked. See you there!

Festival Players cast all their productions by open audition. Please check this website regularly for notice of upcoming auditions, or subscribe to our members newsletter or check our Facebook (facebook.com/cambridgefestivalplayers) or Twitter @camfestplayers feed for the latest information.

Hear the People Sing! – Cast Announced

We are delighted to announce the cast of our upcoming touring show ‘Hear the People Sing!’

Olivia Bell
Warren Clark
Catriona Clarke
Laura Dilloway
Alexandra Elford
Jamie Ewing
Núala Ewing
Jodie Haughton
Katie Hook
Al Horne
Marshall Leeke
James Martin
Heather Murray
Danielle Padley
Emily Redfarn
Kirsty Smith
Jonny Stokeld
Anna Willis

Thanks to all those who took part in an extremely high quality set of auditions.

We are very excited about our super-talented line-up and are looking forward to starting rehearsals and creating a fantastic show come February.

Please stay on the look-out for venue and ticketing details TBA in the near future