5 March 2018
With World Theatre Day on Tuesday 27 March, it’s a good time to celebrate the fact we’re lucky enough to have our own theatre on the Cambridge campus – the Mumford Theatre!
As an ARU student, you get discounted tickets, so this is a great time to go see some plays that will help you with your English Literature modules as well!
Macbeth is playing on 5 March, and is a Shakespeare classic. You have a whole module on Shakespeare in your second year, so it’s a good idea to see as much Shakespeare as you can as it will help you understand the text more. You could take notes, and use it in assignments as well!
Following on from Macbeth, the Mumford are putting on a production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead on 9 and 10 March. This is a spin-off play of Hamlet, starring the two comedic characters of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. This is another good play to see as an English Lit student, as adaptations of Shakespeare are interesting in their own ways, and can help you in reading the texts as well.
If war literature is more your thing, and you plan on taking a module related to war literature, then you probably want to go see 1916: His Plan of Attack on 16, 17, and 18 April. It tells how Sir Douglas Haig planned to launch a major attack in 1916 on the Somme. It will give you some interesting history to refer to when writing about war literature, or literature of the early 20th century.
But if sci-fi is your thing, you’ve probably read The War of the Worlds already. Well, you’ll be pleased to know that the Mumford Theatre is putting on a comedic adaptation on 30 April. If you enjoyed the classic, you’ll enjoy this funny spin on it!
Let me know what productions you’ve seen, and what you’re going to see to celebrate World Theatre Day!