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 May 2020 was to have been the world premiere of Bliss, by Fraser Grace.  Unfortunately, we have had to postpone its premiere at the Finborough Theatre, London, due to the Coronavirus restrictions.  We are re-scheduling it for later in the year and will publish dates when confirmed. 

Bliss 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.  .


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.

Menagerie Calling… On the Radio

All over the world, live theatre has had to stop.  In its place, we offer these short radio plays we made with the BBC in 2010.  They’re each around ten minutes and we’d love to hear your favourites.  Send responses to

Coronavirus Update

Menagerie, as with our colleagues elsewhere, has had to retreat from the office to the home, in response to Government advice and regulations relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are remaining active and will be commissioning some short plays for cooped up households in the very near future.  More to come, so please keep watching.

Meanwhile, we wish you well wherever and whenever you are reading this.  

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

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A Word From a Superhero

In difficult times, we need to hear words of certainty and courage.  Listen below to the thoughts of Super de Pfeffel, a hero of our time.

Fireside Chat 2 – 2nd April

Fireside Chat 1 – 26th March


Community Project Performance Postponed

Sadly, like all other social and entertainment events at this time, our performance of ‘Talking About My Generation’, originally scheduled for March 30th, has had to be cancelled.  We will post a new date once we know what the future holds.  

Our 2019-20 community project is a collaboration with Abbey People, here in Cambridge.  It was due to culminate in the performance, “Talking About My Generation” on Monday March 30th at Barnwell Baptist Church in Abbey.  A devised play, based on interviews with Abbey residents old and young, the title says it all!  And brought to you by participants in A Piece of Cake, the weekly drama workshops 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 and supported by Abbey People

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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.