Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club, commonly referred to simply as the Footlights, is an amateur theatrical club in
Cambridge, England, run by the students of Cambridge University and now also the Anglia Ruskin University. The club was founded in 1883.
It grew in prominence in the 1960s, as a hotbed of
comedyand 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.
Famous Footlights members
The careers of many prominent figures in the world of entertainment began in Footlights, including:
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 Goodiesmembers Tim Brooke-Taylorand Graeme Garden, as well as Peter Cook, Hugh Laurie, David Mitchell, Tony Slattery, and Monty Pythonmember Eric Idle(who was first to allow women to join the Footlights).
The current Footlights President is Alastair Roberts.
List of Presidents
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:
The Oxford Revue
* [http://www.footlights.org/ Official website]
* [http://www.footlights.org/dates.html Past members and shows]
* [http://www.footlightsalumni.org/ Footlights Alumni Association]
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