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Cambridge Footlights celebrate 100 years of comedy: from the archive, 3 June 1983

2 June 2013 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Student revue group helped launch careers of Peter Cook, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson

Considering how successful Cambridge has been as a theatrical training ground for writers and performers, outsiders may be surprised to find that the university has no drama school.

The whole thing, Marlowe Society and Adc (Amateur Dramatic Club) presenting the classics, and Footlights tickling the comic muse, is kept going by the initiative of generation after generation of undergraduates. There are of course senior members of the university to advise and guide, but the various clubs lurch from flop to triumph with only ticket sales and members' enthusiasm and talent to sustain them.

Next week Cambridge celebrates the centenary of the Footlights, which came into existence on June 9, 1883. The Footlights has certainly lived off its wits. And what wits they have been. Skimming through Robert Hewison's centennial history of the club, the eye catches names like Ian Hay, »

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