Following the sell-out success of their 2016 tour, Cambridge Footlights have begged to be part of this year’s Beaminster Festival, (well, maybe we begged them…) before an international tour including the Edinburgh Festival.
Cambridge Footlights is the world-famous comedy troupe who first aired the talents of some of the foremost British comedians and actors of this century. Founded in 1880, this university drama group began performing to the public and grew in prominence in the 1960s as a hotbed of comedy and satire. Having established a tradition of performing at the annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the club entered the mainstream when its members formed half of Beyond the Fringe, the hugely popular stage revue which toured Britain and America in 1960. Over the next decade, Footlights members came to dominate British comedy, creating and starring in shows such as Not Only… But Also, I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again, At Last the 1948 Show and That Was The Week That Was, forming comedy groups such as Monty Python and The Goodies, and generally fuelling the satire boom.
The 1981 revue, featuring Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Rowan Atkinson, Tony Slattery, Penny Dwyer and Paul Shearer, won the inaugural Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and spawned Fry and Laurie, the first in a long line of popular and successful double acts formed at the club. Many of its former members have gone on to win Oscars, BAFTAs and other awards. Today, Footlights is recognised as a finishing school for many of Britain’s most well-known comic entertainers.
Join Footlights for an evening showcasing the best sketches, songs and stand-up from some of the country’s finest student comedians. Early booking is highly recommended!