The Semi-Circle
   English Language Theatre in
   Basel since 1975


Play readings

The Semi-Circle Play readings take place once a month.  Members and non-members are welcome to join us at these informal sessions - to read with us, or simply listen.

Location: The Library, Centrepoint Building, Im Lohnhof 8, 4051 Basel (see map).  The doors open at 7pm, and we start the play reading promptly at 7.30pm.

The next play reading will be on
March 9th 2020

This is the second Monday of the month rather than the usual first - we can't compete with Fassnacht!!

We shall read:

Kiss of the Spider Woman (El beso de la mujer araña) (1983) by Manuel Puig (Translation: Allan Baker)

Juan Manuel Puig Delledonne (Manuel Puig) (1932 –1990) was an Argentine author and playwright who had to live much of his life in exile because of his left leaning political views.

Kiss of the Spider Woman: This tragic political drama is set in a cell at the Villa Devoto prison in Buenos Aires in 1976.  It follows the relationship of revolutionary Valentin Arregui Paz to his homosexual cellmate Luis Alberto Molina.

Kiss of the Spider woman was first published as a novel in 1976 following the Argentine coup d’etat.  It was later released as a movie in 1983.

Please note: If you have not already done so members can pay their 2020 membership fee in cash on the night.

Future dates 2020
  • 6 April
  • 4 May
  • 1 June
  • 6 July
  • 7 September
  • 5 October
  • 2 November
  • 7 December


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    The Semi-Circle is pleased to announce that we have received a generous gift of a large number of books and play scripts  from the estate of long time Semi Circle member Richard Levitt who sadly died in 2017.


    A little bit of history ...

    The origins of The Semi-Circle date from the 1960s when some British Circle drama enthusiasts took the opportunity to meet together and hold informal play readings. These British Circle members eventually began to rehearse some plays, which they then performed for family and friends.

    In 1976, The Semi-Circle (see picture below) was formed and has continued to explore drama through play readings and fully-staged performances ever since. 

    Down the years the play readings took place in many restaurants and other venues, during ski-weekends, while enjoying a Basel-based barbecue, and occasionally on Sunday afternoons in the small amphitheatre in Bruglingen in the Merian Gardens.

    Through the years the play readings have experienced ups and downs, but enthusiasm for them has never waned as you can see from the photos below.

    Here is a list of the recent plays that we have read from 2010 to 2020.


    The photo above is from one of The Semi-Circle's first rehearsed play readings (1976): "Heartbreak House" by George Bernard Shaw.

    Below is a picture from our latest reading in December 2019 - still going strong!


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