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 – a new project for 2019

Our brand new play for 2019 is Bliss, by Fraser Grace.  Adapted from a short story by Russian writer, Andrey Platonov, we previewed the play in Voronezh, Russia at the Platonov Festival in June.   Missed it in Russia?  Don’t worry, you can see it at the Hotbed Festival 19-21st July at Cambridge Junction.   Directed by Menagerie’s Artistic Director, Paul Bourne, it follows the remnants of a family struggling to rebuild themselves and their future after the ravages Russian Civil War.  

The Great Austerity Debate!

Our latest piece went out on national tour in October-November 2018.  It explored and encouraged burning questions about the effects of austerity.

Reactions, and project details HERE 

Full project 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.

Hotbed: July 19 – 21st 

The Hotbed Festival is back at Cambridge Junction this July.  The full programme is now available here.  Our featured production is Fraser Grace’s new play, Bliss, which plays on the 19th and 21st.  The Hotbed Festival website is now up and running, so you can book tickets directly for any of the events.  Click here for full details.  

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.

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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Tel: 01223 403361

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bloominauschwitz in Dublin 

bloominauschwitz, our epic odyssey of Leopold Bloom’s quest for a true identity, played at the Bloomsday Festival in Dublin June 16th 2019.  Following success at the Edinburgh Fringe, and Manchester Jewish Museum’s Festival of Leaving in 2018, Bloom got to go to one of the places he calls home…  Meantime, here’s our new promo, and  here’s a 5* review from Edinburgh 2018.


Channel Four Playwright In Residence 2018-19

We are delighted to continue working with Janice Okoh  on a new full length play – SLEEPER  supported by Channel Four Television.  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.