Menagerie Theatre Company

Menagerie Theatre Company is the leading independent new writing theatre company in the East of England. Based in Cambridge, we have been creating theatre for over sixteen years and have a regional, national and international reputation for the development of first class new writing for the stage. We seek out and support talented writers in order to develop and produce innovative new theatre. As well as touring widely, we run workshops, writer development courses and produce the annual Hotbed Festival in Cambridge.

Bliss in 2020

Our brand new play for 2020 is the world premiere of Bliss, by Fraser Grace.  It follows the remnants of two families struggling to rebuild themselves and their futures after the ravages of the Russian Civil War and Revolution.  Adapted from a short story by Soviet writer, Andrey Platonov, Bliss finds comedy and tragedy walking side by side in this epic story of survival, loss and love.  To whet your appetite, Click here for a link to the play’s dedicated website.  We previewed the play at Hotbed 2019 and in Voronezh, Russia at the Platonov Festival in June.    The Finborough production is the official world premiere.


Trumpington Voices

A Public Art project featuring theatre!  A verbatim play drawn from ongoing interviews with residents old and new in the ever-changing Trumpington area of Cambridge.  

Visit the project website here.

Hotbed: July 2020 

We’re delighted to announce that The Hotbed Festival returns to Cambridge Junction in 2020, playing the weekend of July 17-19th.  We’ll be featuring work from our 2020 Young Writers Project, a new play in development called ‘Love, No Country‘ and some of the best new performances on their way up to the Edinburgh Festival.  Watch this space for further details.


The Ideas Stage

The Ideas Stage is an initiative from Menagerie to develop creative partnerships with universities. Projects use theatre to explore the scientific, historical, political and cultural ideas which shape our world. More information

Contact Menagerie

Tel: 01223 403361

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 Community Project

Our 2019-20 community project is a collaboration with Abbey People, here in Cambridge.  It’s “A Piece of Cake”, a weekly drama workshop for young mums in Abbey.  The workshops run throughout the year with performance and participation opportunities at different points along the way. For more information please email Patrick Morris on

Made possible with funding from Cambridge City Council.

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Corporate Arts Based Training

NEW: Trailer for our Arts Based Training Programme- The EPIC System. Click here.

Menagerie provides training and support for businesses.

Menagerie has joined forces with Arts and Business to offer some of the most powerful training workshops in the marketplace.  Click the link for more information:
Read Paul’s Blog on Theatre and Training HERE
We work directly using creativity in business with partner organisations internationally including iNTG in Russia and Creative Kosice in Slovakia.