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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 founded in 1883, run by the students of Cambridge University and Anglia Ruskin University.

The club 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. Footlights also produces regular plays and sketch shows.

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Famous members

The careers of many prominent figures in the world of entertainment began in Footlights — while prominent figures in other careers also took part in Footlights. They include:

Name Birth Death Career
Douglas Adams
1952
2001
Writer
Clive Anderson
1952
Comedian, television presenter, Barrister
David Armand
1977
Comedian, actor
Alexander Armstrong
1970
Comedian
Pete Atkin
1945
Singer-songwriter
Richard Ayoade
1977
Comedian, actor
David Baddiel
1964
Comedian, novelist, television presenter
Morwenna Banks
1964
Comedian, actor
Humphrey Barclay
1941
Comedy executive, producer
Tom Basden
1981
Actor, writer, singer-songwriter
Cecil Beaton
1904
1980
Photographer
Simon Bird
1984
Actor, Comedian
Leslie Bricusse
1931
Lyricist, composer
Eleanor Bron
1938
Actress, writer
Tim Brooke-Taylor
1940
Comedy writer and performer, lawyer
Robert Buckman
1948
Comedian, writer, physician, television presenter, columnist
Tony Buffery
Psychologist
Jon Canter
Script-writer
Graham Chapman
1941
1989
Comedian, actor, writer, physician
John Cleese
1939
Comedian, actor, lawyer, writer
Olivia Colman
1974
Comedian, actor
Peter Cook
1937
1995
Comedian, writer, satirist
Joe Craig
1980
Novelist, musician
Hugh Dennis
1962
Comedian, actor, writer, voice-over artist
Jimmy Edwards
1920
1988
Radio and television comedy actor
Alan Fleming-Baird
1972
Composer
David Frost
1939
Television presenter
Stephen Fry
1957
Comedian, writer, actor, novelist
Graeme Garden
1943
Comedy writer and performer, physician, illustrator
Mel Giedroyc
1968
Actor, writer, television presenter
Germaine Greer
1939
Writer, broadcaster, academic
Nick Hancock
1962
Actor, television presenter
Norman Hartnell
1901
1979
Fashion designer
David Hatch
1939
2007
Involved in management and production at the BBC
Natalie Haynes
1974
Comedian, writer
Tony Hendra
1941
Satirist, writer
Kit Hesketh-Harvey
1957
Comic performer, scriptwriter
Tom Hollander
1967
Actor
Matthew Holness
Comedian
Claude Hulbert
1900
1964
Comic actor
Jack Hulbert
1892
1978
Actor
Eric Idle
1943
Comedian, actor, writer, songwriter
Clive James
1939
Writer, poet, critic
Simon Jones
1950
Actor
Jo Kendall
Actor
Tim Key
1976
Comedian, actor, poet
Ian Lang
Former politician, British peer
Hugh Laurie
1959
Comedian, actor, writer
Jonathan Lynn
1943
Comedy writer, actor, director
Miriam Margolyes
1941
Actor
Dan Mazer
1971
Comedian, producer, screenwriter
Kevin McCloud
1959
Writer, designer, television presenter
Rory McGrath
1956
Comedian
Ben Miller
1966
Comedian, director, actor
Jonathan Miller
1934
Neurologist, theatre and opera director, humorist, sculptor
David Mitchell
1974
Comedian, actor, writer
Lucy Montgomery
1975
Comedian, actor, writer
Neil Mullarkey
Comedian, actor, writer
Jimmy Mulville
1955
Comedian, comedy writer, television presenter and producer
Simon Munnery
Comedian
Richard Murdoch
1907
1990
Radio, film and television performer
Bill Oddie
1941
Comedy writer and performer, composer, musician, ornithologist, television presenter
John Oliver
1977
Comedian, comedy writer, television personality of Daily Show fame
Sue Perkins
1969
Actress, writer, television presenter
Steve Punt
1962
Comedian, actor, writer
Jan Ravens
1958
Actor, impressionist
Griff Rhys Jones
1953
Comedian, actor, writer
Blake Ritson
1980
Actor, director, writer
Charles Shaughnessy
1955
Television and film actor
Julian Slade
1930
2006
Writer
Tony Slattery
1959
Comedian, actor
Dan Stevens
1982
Actor
William Sutcliffe
1971
Novelist
Joe Thomas
1985
Comedian, actor, writer
Emma Thompson
1959
Comedian, actress, screenwriter
Sandi Toksvig
1958
Comedian, writer, radio presenter
Ian Wallace
1919
2009
Opera singer, radio panellist
Mark Watson
1980
Comedian, novelist
Robert Webb
1972
Comedian, actor, writer

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, David Mitchell, Tony Slattery, and Monty Python member Eric Idle, who was first to allow women to join the Footlights.

The current Footlights President is Abigail Tedder.

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

Sources

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:

  • Hewison, Robert (1983). Footlights! – a hundred years of Cambridge comedy. Methuen London Ltd. ISBN 0-413-51150-2.  

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