Cambridge Footlights at the Rex

THE Cambridge Footlights has been internationally famous since the 1960s as a creative hothouse for comedy and satire – there is a unique opportunity to see the current stars when the Cambridge Footlights 2019 revue comes to the Rex Cinema at Wareham on Wednesday 10th July at 7.30pm.

It is an opportunity to join “the most renowned sketch troupe of them all” (The Independent) as they embark on a world tour, performing to more than 20,000 people across two continents – and they have chosen the Rex as the only UK South Coast venue.

It is a rare chance to see the latest on offer from the group that launched many of the greatest names in British comedy, including Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson and John Cleese. After the performance, there will be a Q&A with the cast and crew on stage.

The Footlights, Cambridge University’s drama club founded in the mid-19th century, established a tradition of performing at the Edinburgh Fringe and entered the mainstream when its members formed half of Beyond the Fringe, the hugely popular revue which toured Britain and America in 1960. .

Germaine Greer, the first woman to be given full membership, joined in October 1964 on the same day as Clive James and Russell Davies. Tim Brooke-Taylor was instrumental in having women admitted.

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, 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.

Many of its former members – notably Emma Thompson, John Cleese and Stephen Fry – have gone on to win Oscars, BAFTAs and other awards.

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