the cambridge theatre that launched the careers of ian mckellen, stephen fry, tilda swinton and emma thompson is set to close - for now
From next year, the oldest university theater in the UK will be closed before a major renovation project.
However, in order to fill the gap in the urban drama scene, a new edge --
Style shows will be held, and temporary venues will host new performances throughout the city.
Park Street\'s current theater, built on a venue that has hosted theater since 1855, plans to repair the roof and introduce new lighting.
The planned student work program will continue in the Corpus Playroom at St. Edward\'s Passage, with the ADC closing on April 2018 and re-opening in time for the new semester of next October.
Victoria Collins, theater manager, announced the news in a statement saying the changes had been planned for many years.
\"ADC is now able to make the necessary changes to its auditorium temperature control,\" she said.
\"While installing the ventilation system, we will also repair the roof and install two lighting bridges to bring us to industry standards.
\"During this time we were very sad to close one of our venues, but we will still keep an active show in the Corpus Playroom.
When the theater is closed, a series of temporary works will emerge near Cambridge, starting with a new show at the theater.
Victoria added: \"Throughout the Easter and long holidays, we will have three to four productions at the venues around Cambridge.
\"Announcements for all venues will be released soon, but we will start applying for our most ambitious projects in the loan semester in October 12.
\"Fitzwilliam\'s temporary exhibition space will be hosted by Nicholas Wright, adapted from the best work of Philip Pullman --selling books.
The ADC is owned by the University of Cambridge amateur drama club and managed by the Central University and employs four full-time employees
Staff time members and host student works throughout the university year.
In addition to the Cambridge Footlights members including the Monty Python team, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, David Mitchell and Robert Webb, the theater has witnessed the first performances of many worlds
Leading actors including Sir Ian McClaren, Sir Derek Jacoby and Tilda Swindon.
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