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 Ideas Stage

The Ideas Stage is an initiative from Menagerie to develop creative partnerships with universities.  We have produced a diverse range of exciting projects, all of which use theatre to explore the scientific, historical, political and cultural ideas which shape our world. More information

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.


Hotbed 2015 Testing! Testing!

Thurs 9 – Sun 12 July

Cambridge Junction

This year’s Festival features both youth and experience in abundance with an imaginative and fun array of new writing for the theatre.

SAVE THE DATES for world premieres of new plays, Young Writers Workshops, readings, guest productions, one page plays, foyer events and much more!

Download Hotbed 2015 Festival Programme

Download Hotbed_Schedule

Tickets for Hotbed 2015 are now on sale Cambridge Junction

One Page Play


We are now accepting entries for our one page play competition. Selected plays will be performed at the Hotbed Festival.  If you are 16 and over you can enter the adult competition.  We also have a young writers category for those aged 15 years and under.

One Page Play Guidelines 2015

One Page Plays Guidelines 2015 – 15 and under






Winner of ‘Best New Play’ at Brighton Fringe!

Joint awarded by New Writing South and Brighton Fringe.

Menagerie’s new play, bloominauschwitz, by Richard Fredman opened in May at Cambridge Junction before touring the South East and beyond throughout May and June. Read a preview in Cambridge News

This brilliant new script directed by Rachel Aspinwall and performed by Patrick Morris, sees Leopold Bloom explode from the pages of James Joyce’s Ulysses to confront his future.

Promotional film


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Tel: 01223 403361

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