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 theatre group, based in Basel. Founded in 1975, we are all amateurs and we operate entirely with volunteers. It is our aim to bring to life on stage dramatic works in the English language and to stage two productions every year. We also hold some special events for members only, and monthly Play Readings which are open to all.

The Semi-Circle is delighted to announce that our recent production of 

"Lockdown in Little Grimley"

by David Tristram

Has been available as a free to view video

Viewing has now closed for the above production

The Semi-Circle very much hope that you have enjoyed watching the show and we look forward to bring you more virtual and actual performances during 2021

Further details of the play and the Semi-Circle theater and virtual productions are available for viewing on our Next Production page here and our Productions page here

Are you hankering for an opportunity to build your theatrical muscles?

Then look no further! The Luxembourg European Annual Theatre Summer School (LEATSS) is offering 

LEATSS On Tour Basel

This is a series of virtual workshops hosted by The Semi-Circle,  Basel English Panto Group, Betwixt & Between Theater and the Boutique Theatre Basel, in collaboration with the LEATSS organisation. 

There are courses in singing, writing, creative acting and voice work, as well as a collaboration between writers and dramaturgs/actors. The courses will be run by professional and experienced theatre practitioners who are also exceptional tutors. The courses will be held over the two weekends 13/14 and 20/21 March 2021.

Please follow the link to the LEATSS site to find out more.

As hosts, we in Basel have the opportunity to sign up early. The courses are competitively priced but there is also a scholarship available in the Basel area for someone who might need help at this uncertain time. Please contact Richard Brown at for more information or if you have any questions about the courses on offer. 


About LEATSS: The theatre summer school dates back to 1926 when it was started by, among others, George Bernard Shaw and G.K. Chesterton. The annual school in Luxembourg is the last one remaining in this lineage, and due to the pandemic has gone online until we can meet again in person. Leading tutors from London and Copenhagen will give courses on playwriting, creative acting, voice and singing for musical theatre. 

Watch our virtual play reading!!

A few weeks after the lockdown The Semi-Circle switched from real to virtual play readings and it worked!

Why not take a look at our play reading video on The Semi-Circle's brand new YouTube site. You might recognise some faces and you may even want to join us for our 2021 readings held monthly via Zoom - see our Play Reading page for details.

You can view the video here      

The Semi-Circle success at FEATS 2019

The Semi-Circle team who have taken the play "Playing With Daisy" to the Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies (FEATS) in Munich have come away with a record breaking three main awards. 

>>> The BATS Trophy for third place overall

>>> The Grand Duchy Award for Best Stage Presentation

>>> The Marcel Huhn/Bruno Boeye Award for Stage Management

****** Heartfelt congratulations to all concerned ******

More details and photos are on our Festivals page here 

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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

     Junior/Student: CHF 20

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