The Huntingdon Drama Club returns to the Cambridge Festival

Published:
4:00 PM August 17, 2022



The Huntingdon Drama Club have announced their entry into the Cambridge Festival of Drama with their rendition of one of Checkhov’s farces.

The club will present its production of swan song at the festival which takes place in September.

The Drama Club returns to the Cambridge Festival for the first time since 2017 and will stage their performance on opening night on Thursday 15 September.

Short play by Anton Chekhov swan song was presented in May this year as part of the club production five pranks – a quintet of Chekhov comedies adapted by local actor, writer and chairman of Shakespeare at the George, Richard Brown.

The play centers on a veteran actor who wakes up in a theater, long after the audience and his fellow actors have left the building.

Believing himself alone, he laments his career until a figure from the past emerges from the backstage of the scene with a bit of surprise.


The Huntingdon Drama Club will present Swan Song at the Cambridge Festival.
– Credit: HUNTS DRAMA CLUB

In an interview on the club’s website, Richard describes swan song as his favorite of the five pieces.

His adaptation changes the dynamic of the story from that of a rather weighty duologue between an actor and his male guest into a melancholy tale of unrequited love, with more than its fair share of laughs.

Directed by James Barwise and starring Brown as actor and Madeleine Forrester as guest, Sardines magazine described swan song as “the highlight of the evening” with the two actors “very well tuned to each other”.

Huntingdon Drama Club swan song will appear at the Cambridge Festival of Drama on Thursday, September 15 from 7:45 p.m. The festival takes place at the ADC Theatre, Cambridge, from September 15-17, and tickets are available now on the ADC website.

The Huntingdon Drama Club’s November production will be our country is good by Timberlake Wertenbaker, adapted from the novel by Thomas Kenneally. Performances will take place from November 20 to 26 and rehearsals will begin on Monday and Thursday evenings starting Monday August 29 at 7:30 p.m.