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.
The Semi-Circle recent Production:
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"
by Edward Albee
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.
"Alas, poor Fred"
by James Saunders
Ethel - Cathy Barker
Ernest - Edward Atkinson
Pringle and his wife, Ethel, are sitting quietly in their armchairs,
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.
Annual membership fees:
Individual: CHF 50
Family: CHF 75
Student: CHF 20
We rely almost entirely on membership subscriptions and profits from our productions to cover our costs, so donations are always welcome. Click here for more information.