Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club, commonly referred to simply as the Footlights, is an amateur theatrical club in
Cambridge, England, run by the students of Cambridge University and now also the Anglia Ruskin University. The club was founded in 1883.
It grew in prominence in the 1960s, as a hotbed of
comedyand satire, and continues to produce the regular and very popular "Smokers" at the ADC Theatre- an informal mixture of sketches and stand-up. Footlights also produces regular plays and sketch shows.
Famous Footlights members
The careers of many prominent figures in the world of entertainment began in Footlights, including:
The elected leader of Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club is known as the Footlights President. There is also a Vice President. Past presidents have included
The Goodiesmembers Tim Brooke-Taylorand Graeme Garden, as well as Peter Cook, Hugh Laurie, David Mitchell, Tony Slattery, and Monty Pythonmember Eric Idle(who was first to allow women to join the Footlights).
The current Footlights President is Alastair Roberts.
List of Presidents
Information about the Footlights Revues during the first one hundred years of the Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club (1883—1983), and the people who appeared in them — with a foreword by Eric Idle:
The Oxford Revue
* [http://www.footlights.org/ Official website]
* [http://www.footlights.org/dates.html Past members and shows]
* [http://www.footlightsalumni.org/ Footlights Alumni Association]
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footlights — [foot′līts΄] pl.n. a row of lights along the front of a stage at the actors foot level, formerly common in stage lighting the footlights the theater, or acting as a profession * * * foot·lights (fo͝otʹlīts ) pl.n. 1. Lights placed in a row along… … Universalium
footlights — [foot′līts΄] pl.n. a row of lights along the front of a stage at the actors foot level, formerly common in stage lighting the footlights the theater, or acting as a profession … English World dictionary
footlights — (n.) 1836, from FOOT (Cf. foot) (of the stage) + LIGHT (Cf. light) (n.) … Etymology dictionary
footlights — ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ a row of spotlights along the front of a stage at the level of the actors feet … English terms dictionary
Footlights — Театр АДК дом клуба «Footlights» Театральный клуб «Footlights» при Кембриджском университете (англ. Footlights … Википедия
footlights — Although the use of footlights in the theatre can be traced back to the 17th century, it was during the years just prior to the modernist era that they became synonymous with the stage itself. For example, Olive Logan s 1870 memoir was titled… … The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater
footlights — noun plural Date: circa 1839 1. a row of lights set across the front of a stage floor 2. the stage as a profession < the lure of the footlights > … New Collegiate Dictionary
footlights — [[t]f ʊtlaɪts[/t]] N PLURAL In a theatre, the footlights are the row of lights along the front of the stage … English dictionary
footlights — foot|lights [ˈfutlaıts] n [plural] a row of lights along the front of the stage in a theatre →↑spotlight … Dictionary of contemporary English
footlights — foot|lights [ fut,laıts ] noun plural a row of very bright lights at the front edge of a theater stage … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English