The Semi-Circle
English Language Theatre in Basel since 1975


Welcome to The Semi-Circle

English Language Theatre Group



The Semi-Circle is a non-profit English language theatre group, based in Basel.  Founded in 1975, we are all amateurs and we operate entirely with volunteers, staging two productions every year - usually in June and November.  It is our aim to bring to life on stage dramatic works in the English language.  We also hold some special events for members only, and monthly Play Readings which are open to all.  Scroll down for links if you would like to join us and/or support us.


Our next production: SECRETS - an evening of short plays
Theater Arlecchino, Walkeweg 122, 4052 Basel
26, 27, 28 October and 2, 3, 4 November 2017

The Plays:
"Waiting" by Lisa Creighton - directed by Peter Hilton
"Death Knocks" by Woody Allen - directed by Georgina Rotter
"Love Forty" by Chloe Hannah - directed by John Hyland
"A Respectable Funeral" by Jimmie Chinn - directed by Diana Zuger

A fast-moving comedy set in the 1930's, this love-triangle between a husband and his two beautiful wives - one who is alive and one who is very much dead - is a witty and riotous English classic!

Our last production:

Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward

Theater Rampe, Byfangweg 6, Basel

(air-conditioned theatre)

9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 June 2017

Scroll down for on-stage photos  ...

"hilarious"    "stunning stage setting"    "fabulous costumes"

"truly a delightful evening"    "the play is so well-chosen"

"wonderful to see such a classic of the English theatre"
"well done Semi-Circle - you really are in the major league!"

The socialite and novelist, Charles Condomine, invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. But the scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his temperamental first wife, Elvira, after the séance.  Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles's marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.


Cast in order of appearance:

  - Edith (a maid)              Fiona Müller

    - Ruth Condomine           Cathy Barker

      - Charles Condomine         David Cox
        - Dr Bradman                   Michael Bray
          - Mrs Bradman                  Catherine Matter
            - Madame Arcati                 Diana Zuger
               - Elvira                               Melissa Magarici


Dinner is served, Ma'am.

Ruth Condomine

I sincerely hope Madame Arcati will not produce any livestock – we have so very little room in this house.

Charles Condomine

Try to see my point, Elvira dear.

I have been married to Ruth for five years, and you’ve been dead for seven.

Dr Bradman

You see? The moment I begin to talk about anything that really interests me, my wife interrupts me.

Mrs Bradman

It was thrilling, it really was. I felt the table absolutely shaking under my hands.

Madame Arcati

There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy, Mrs Condomine.

Elvira Condomine

I may be an illusion, but

I am most definitely here.

Is there anyone there?

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     Family: CHF 75

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