Abingdon Drama Club | Theatrics galore since 1944
Each year ADC produces three shows at the Unicorn Theatre in Abingdon. An eclectic mix of modern dramas, classics and comedies. Every other year we produce our very popular pantomime.
Once you join the club you can take part in every show and activity. You do not need to audition to become a club member. There are castings for every production and every member, new or old, has the same chance of being cast in a leading role. All you need in order to be cast is enthusiasm and commitment.
Please get in touch with us if you are interested in getting involved backstage. There are a huge number of different jobs that need to be done in order to get a show onto the stage and lots of them do not involve any acting.
ADC is a very friendly club with a family atmosphere. New members soon become part of the family. Theatre takes a lot of time and effort to produce but the rewards are huge. Get in touch to find out more about ADC and about how you could be part of the next show!
How do I Join?
To get more information about the club and to find out when you can come and meet us, send us an Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult membership is £40 per year. You must be 16 or over to become a full member of ADC. If you are under 16 you can join our fantastic Junior Drama Club.
Given the current worldwide situation with COVID-19 and in line with many other organisations, Abingdon Drama Club has taken the decision to cancel our next production, Good & Faithful Servants, that was due to be preformed at the end of April. In addition we will not be staging our summer production in early July or holding any play readings for the foreseeable future. We will review the situation in August to decide if we will look to cast, rehearse and perform our planned show for the end of November.
Members of the Juniors will be contacted separately with an update but again, for the foreseeable future their sessions in the clubhouse have been cancelled.
The health and welfare of our members and audience is our sole concern at this time and so while not a pleasant decision is it without doubt the right one.
Any updates in the meantime will be posted here in due course as well as via our social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter. You can also still email us at email@example.com or any of our advertised addresses and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Thank you and for the time being look after yourselves and others. The show will go on!
The ADC Committee
£10, £8 concessions (60+, under 12s, Students, ADC members)
GROUP BOOKINGS Groups of 10 and over
All tickets £8 (£8.80 when booked online - Just select the concession rate ticket and choose the number you require)
All tickets are sold as unreserved seating.
Our Front of House team will do their very best to seat people together but please arrive in good time or this may not be possible.
Tickets are also available from:
The Bookstore, The Abingdon Precinct (15 Bury St), Abingdon
An online booking fee of 80p is added to the ticket price. This pays for the Paypal credit card payment system.
1. Select a ticket type - on this page.
2. Click on 'Add to cart'
3. On the shopping cart page, choose the number of tickets you want.
4. If you want another type of ticket, click on the 'Continue Shopping' button, return to this page and repeat the process.
5. Purchase your tickets using a credit or debit card - you do not need to have a Paypal account.
6. When you purchase tickets you will receive an email receipt from Paypal, not Abingdon Drama Club.
7. We do not send tickets by post.
When you arrive at the theatre, for the performance, all you need to do is to give your name to the box office. We will then give you your tickets.
Dates for your diary
Junior Drama Club
Abingdon Drama Club has been providing drama classes for young people for over 35 years. The classes offer young actors from Abingdon and the surrounding area a chance to hone their acting skills in a fun, nurturing environment while meeting other young people from a variety of schools around the area. Classes meet during term time.
Pupils from Abingdon Drama Club Juniors have performed at the Unicorn Theatre in Abingdon many times, both in their own productions (Peter Pan, Dracula, The Birds, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Laramie Project, 12 Angry People, Servant of Two Masters, The Odd Couple), and in many of the main club’s productions, including, The Turn of The Screw, The Crucible and of course, in the club’s pantomimes.
Ages 11-13 Sundays from 2.30-4pm
A combination of drama games, improvisation, devising and scene work. A fun way to make new friends and start to learn the fundamentals of theatre and performance.
Ages 14 + Sundays from 4-6pm
These classes focus on building drama skills including voice, movement, action, objective, subtext and characterisation.
They include fun drama games designed to increase spontaneity, focus and imagination, improvisation work and devising.
How do I join?
For more information on ADC Juniors email:
ALL CLASSES ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Black Comedy | 'Allo 'Allo | Amadeus
Aladdin | A More Perfect World | Flare Path | The Crucible
Brief Encounter | Thou Shalt Not Suffer... | Portia Coughlan
Santa in Space | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? | Venom | A Man For All Seasons
Henry V | The Elephant Man | Another Man's Eden
Cinderella | Dangerous Corner | I do, I do, I do | The Wrong Goodbye
Equus | The Accrington Pals | William Tell
Alice in Wonderland | Rhinoceros | Wife After Death | Great Expectations
Jekyll and Hyde | Kindertransport | Woyzeck | The Turn of the Screw
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves | Thérèse Raquin | Peer Gynt | The Dreaming of the Bones | An Experiment with an Air Pump | Stepping Out
A Kind of Alaska | Lies On Their Lips | I know what you did yesterday | Betrayal | Dr Faustus
Jack and the Beanstalk | Blue + Black & Blue Rooms | Separate Tables | Fragments | Improbable Fiction | Pride and Prejudice
Txt-life | Blinded by the Sun | 4.48 Psychosis | The Cripple of Inishmaan
The Prince and the Mermaid | Macbeth | Funeral Games | There Goes The Bride | The Glass Menagerie
Amy's View | Les Liaisons Dangereuses | Memory of Water
Rapunzel | The Beauty Queen of Leenane | Pitty About Kitty | Canterbury Tales | Pygmalion
The Taming of the Shrew | The Ark | A Woman of No Importance | Breaking The Code
Goldilocks and the Three Bears | Philadelphia, Here I Come | Effie's Burning | Not Now Darling | Blood Wedding
The Provoked Wife | Gods Favourite | This Happy Breed | Double Bill
Hickory Dickory Dock | Measure for Measure | Don't Blame it on the Boots | I'll Get My Man | Sand Castles
The Happy Marriage | Big Maggie
Puss in Boots | The Ideal Gnome Expedition | Cold Comfort Farm | The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner
The Matchmaker | Bar And Ger | Steel Magnolias | Wanted One Body
Cinderella | A Day in the Death of Joe Egg | A Galway Girl | The Good Companions | Tomb with a View
Night Must Fall | The Heiress | The School for Wives
Dick Whittington | Playboy of the Western World | Lady Windermere's Fan | Twelfth Night
Number One | An Italian Straw Hat | Cats Cradle
Aladdin | Lettice and Lovage | Relatively Speaking | The House of Bernarda Alba
An Inspector Calls | Mansfield Park | A Murder is Announced
Absent Friends | Bonaventure | The Constant Wife
Noises Off | An Ideal Husband | When we are Married
The Bacchae | Good Morning Bill | Hedda Gabler
David Copperfield | Dangerous Corner | Pink String and Sealing Wax
The Gingerbread Man | Arsenic and Old Lace | The Seven Ages of Man & Woman Anthology | A Midsummer Night's Dream
Peter Pan | Pride and Prejudice | Uncle Vanya
Jack and the Beanstalk | Murder in the Cathedral | The Dresser | Tucaret
Beauty and the Beast | Two Angry Women of Ablngdon
Cinderella | The Merchant of Venice | Six Characters in Search of an Author
Sing a Song of Sixpence | The Winter's Tale | Gaslight
Hans, the Witch and the Gobbin | Brittanicus
Living Arrows | The Feminists | Excerpts from The Wind in the Willows | Ladies in Retirement
Hands Across the Sea; Sketches | The Barretts of Wimpole Street | See How They Run
Sweet Thames Run Softly | Shakespeare's British Queens | Two Angry Women of Abingdon | Hobson's Choice
The Knight of the Burning Pestle | Barefoot in the Park | Mr Tingewick and the Troublemakers
She Stoops To Conquer | The Duchess of Malfi | Flibberty and the Penguin
Twelfth Night | Thirty Years On
Christopher Columbus | The Lady from the Sea | The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner
Double Bill: States Of America; The American Dream | The Marriage of Figaro | Hay Fever
Once Upon a Time | Othello | Pygmalion
Double Bill: The Lover; The Dark Tower | Helen of Troy | The Importance of Being Earnest
The Monstrous Regiment | Shaviana 3 One Act Plays | Traveller Without Luggage
Macbeth | When We Are Married
Heartbreak House | The Cocktail Party | The Young Visiters
The Admirable Crichton | The Country Wife | Breath of Spring
The Schoolmistress | The Women of Troy | The Hollow Crown
The Wrong Side of the Park | King Lear | A Man For All Seasons
The Rape of the Belt | Mine Hostess | The Miracle Worker
Our Town | School for Wives | The Crucible
The Moon in the Yellow River | The School For Scandal | Ring Round the Moon
The Matchmaker | The Lady's Not For Burning | The Diary of a Scoundrel
The Naval Volunteer (One Act) | Double Bill: The Browning Version; A Room in the Tower | The Tempest | The Glass Menagerie | The Diary of Anne Frank
The Mayor of Torontal (One Act) | She Stoops To Conquer | The Romantics (One Act) | The Cherry Orchard | The Mask and the Face
The Princess and the Swineherd | Triple Bill: The Laboratory; Count Albany; A Family Comedy | The Two Gentlemen Of Verona | Deep Are The Roots
Grand National Night | Two Angry Women of Abingdon | The Barretts of Wimpole Street | The River Line
The Noble Spaniard | The Mock Doctor | A Ladder for Lucy (One Act) | The Rose Without a Thorn
Noah | The Winter's Tale | Master of Arts
Victoria Regina | Two Angry Women of Abingdon | A Man about the House
The Italian Woman (One Act) | Tomorrow's ChildLord | Arthur Savile's Crime | Arms and the Man
The Winslow Boy | The Fish (One Act) | Bonaventure
Fools Rush In | The Brontes
Busman's Honeymoon | Spring Meeting | I Remember Mama
The Foolishness of God (One Act) | Elizabeth Refuses (One Act) | Love Spiriting Gently (One Act)
Pink String And Sealing Wax | Dark Brown (One Act) | Possession (One Act) | Frieda
Triple Bill: On Dartmoor; Evening News; The Bride | The Farmers Wife | Revolt (One Act)
Triple Bill: Russian Salad; The Passer By; The Black Cabinet. | London Wall
Abingdon Drama Club | A Brief History
In December 1944, during the Second World War, a group of Abingdon people, some from the Guild of Abbey Players, decided to start a new drama group - Abingdon Drama Club (ADC).
Our first public production was London Wall by John Van Druten and took place in the Corn Exchange in the Market Place, in September 1945.
The first club meetings took place in the Old Carpet Factory, beside the Thames near Abingdon Bridge. In 1946 the club moved to the Friends’ Meeting House, located on the Vineyard opposite the then Row Barge pub. The present ADC clubhouse, in Marcham Road, was acquired by the club in 1960 for the princely sum of £1274.15! The clubhouse contains our rehearsal space, green room, set workshop and store, costume store and props store. It is also the home of our fantastic Juniors section, which has been providing drama education for young people for over 30 years.
Our paper archives contain posters and photos from every show we have ever performed but it is the costumes, props and pieces of scenery which have been used across the years that are a remarkable 'living' history of the club.
When the Unicorn theatre opened in June 1953, the first production was by Abingdon Drama Club – the 16th century play, The Two Angry Women of Abingdon by Henry Porter and directed by Alan Kitching.
Since ADC began we have presented over 270 productions.