Amateur Dramatic Club



  • (ADC) A theater group founded in 1855by F. C. Burnand (1836 - 1917), a Cambridge undergraduate, wholater became a playwright and editor of Punch. It revived actingat the University, where no plays had been performed since the Puritansclosed the theaters in 1642 (see the Interregnum). TheADC, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2005, continues todevelop actors for the professional stage, having already contributedsuch talent as Michael Redgrave (see Redgrave family).George Rylands (1902 - 99), lecturer and fellow of King's College,Cambridge, directed many of its most successful productions.