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 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.


Next Production:

Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit

Director: Scott Holland

Performances: 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 June 2017, Theater Rampe, Borromäum, Byfangweg 6, Basel

Auditions: 18 and 22 January 2017, Theater Rampe, Borromäum, Byfangweg 6, Basel

A big thank you to everyone who has applied to audition for this production.

All the Audition appointments are now taken.

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee to audition anyone who turns up on 18 or 22 January without contacting us first.  Please write to us at if you have questions.

Here is the Audition Information and Application Form

The Semi-Circle recent Production:
"The Zoo Story"  and  "Alas, Poor Fred", November 2016

The Semi-Circle thanks everyone who supported this production in whatever way they could - as cast, crew, helpers, in the audience, or just helping us to spread the word.  We appreciate it!

Comments from the Audience:

"The full range of theatre on one little ticket   -   we hardly knew whether to laugh or to cry   -   very funny, but also very "dark"  -  I found it thought-provoking, moving, poignant   -   four very convincing actors to play four disturbingly normal characters   -   Arlecchino has real theatre ambience   -   thank you, Semi-Circle, for another great evening of entertainment"


"The Zoo Story"

               by Edward Albee


        Richard Brown



        Peter - Scott Holland

        Jerry - Luca Manganelli


Peter is spending Sunday afternoon reading his book in New York’s Central Park.  A disheveled Jerry, who wants to talk about his trip to the zoo, disturbs Peter's peace and tranquility.  Peter is too polite to dismiss Jerry and the banter of conversation, which seems harmless enough to begin with, soon descends into a dark and intense conflict over the right to sit on the park bench.

 This American classic was Edward Albee's first performed work (1960).

"Alas, poor Fred"

            by James Saunders


       Stephanie Feddern


       Ethel - Cathy Barker

       Ernest - Edward Atkinson

Ernest Pringle and his wife, Ethel, are sitting quietly in their armchairs, chatting about how funny it must be to get cut in half, as Fred was.  At first they appear to be two conventional people talking about something that does not interest them all that much - which, as the story unfolds, is clearly not the case at all.

First presented in 1959, this play put James Saunders on the road to becoming one of the leading British exponents of the "Theatre of the Absurd".

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It is easy to become a member of the Semi-Circle.  All ages, genders and nationalities welcome.  We ask only for your enthusiasm and a love of theatre.

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     Individual: CHF 50

     Family: CHF 75

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