Its stage has been host to the likes of theatre veterans Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Peter Hall and Sir Trevor Nunn.
And so Lily Cole's foray into acting at university may well be the start of something big.
The 22-year-old model has landed a part in Cambridge University's production of The Seagull by Anton Chekhov, playing the part of Nina - a landowner's daughter who dreams of being an actress.
It's not Lily's first venture into acting as the History of Art undergraduate has already featured in Hollywood movies such as The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus and St Trinians.
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