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.

The Great Austerity Debate!


This forum theatre piece goes out on national tour in October-November 2018.  It explores and encourages burning questions about the effects of austerity.

We’ll be playing in a mix of community and theatre venues, partnering with local organisations to involve audiences in the vibrant experience of forum theatre.  Project and tour details HERE 

HERE’s a short film about the project and HERE’s a blog from one of our shows.

Also, go to our Ideas Stage page.

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.

Bloom gets FIVE STARS in Edinburgh!

bloominauschwitz, our epic odyssey about Leopold Bloom’s escape from ‘Ulysses’ heads to the Edinburgh Fringe Aug 3-25th.  Here’s our first great review – 5*

Full details here. 

‘bloominauschwitz’ previews in Cambridge, for one performance only.  Full details here.

Community Project   

Our 2018 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.  Led by Caroline Rippin, 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 Arts for Everyone, and Cambridge City Council.


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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Channel Four Playwright In Residence 2018

We are delighted to be working with Janice Okoh  on a new full length play – SLEEPER  supported by Channel Four Television. In addition to writing this new piece, Janice is working alongside our Young Writers in supporting the development of their new work.  Many Thanks to the Team at Channel Four for their support.  Read about award Channel 4 Playwrights Scheme PRESS RELEASE . 

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.