The Semi-Circle
   English Language Theatre in
   Basel since 1975


Upcoming events

    • 07 Jan 2019
    • 02 Dec 2019
    • 11 sessions
    • Centrepoint Library, Im Lohnhof 8, 4051 Basel

    Our Monthly Play Readings take place at the Centrepoint Library, Im Lohnhof 8, 4051 Basel.  Members and non-members are welcome.

    You can arrive any time from 7pm.  The reading will begin promptly at 7.30pm.  Centrepoint shares its entrance with the Musik Museum and can be found by walking through a church courtyard into a smaller courtyard.  The shared entrance is on the right hand side - then follow the Semi-Circle signs upstairs to the Library.

    • 01 Mar 2019
    • 19:00 - 22:00
    • Theater Arlecchino, Walkeweg 122, 4052 Basel

    Rehearsed Play Reading

    As we are sure most of you remember we staged a Rehearsed Play Reading a couple of years ago to reanimate the original traditions of the club as a play reading Circle.

    Well – we are doing it again!

    As last time we will chose a series of short plays to perform and endeavour to give all those of you who feel daunted by the need to learn lines the opportunity to test your acting skills without this added burden and in front of friends and fellow Semi-Circle members.

    For this informal evening we will initially invite only members and their guests to be in the audience, although, if space allows we will open the invitation up to non-members at a later date. If you want to be sure of getting a seat visit our website at and become a member!

    Date:               Friday 1st March 2019

    Venue:            Theater Arlecchino, Walkeweg 122, 4052 Basel

    Cost:               The event is free to members and guests

    18:03:              Doors and bar will be open (drinks at your own expense)

    19:30:              Readings will begin (duration approx. 90 mins with a break).

    We very much look forward to seeing you at this light-hearted and relaxed evening of Rehearsed Play Readings in the best traditions of the Semi-Circle.

    • 18 Mar 2019
    • 19:00 - 22:00
    • Zentrum Borromäum, Byfangweg 6, Basel

    Members of The Semi-Circle are invited to attend the 2019 Annual General Meeting - a summary of our activities in 2018, and a chance to hear about our plans for 2019.

    When our business is concluded, we hope you will stay and enjoy a drink and a snack with fellow Members. 

    Doors open at 7 pm (19:00) , and we will start the AGM promptly at 7:15 pm (19:15). Membership fees can be paid on the door.

    • 13 Jun 2019
    • 22 Jun 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Theater Tabourettli, Spalenberg 12, 4051 Basel

    Don’t Drink the Water

    By Woody Allen

    Director: Luca Manganelli

    The play takes place inside an American embassy behind the Iron Curtain. An American tourist – a caterer by trade – and his wife and daughter rush into the embassy two steps ahead of the secret police who suspect them of spying and picture-taking. It’s not much of a refuge, for the ambassador is absent and his son, now in charge, has been expelled from a dozen countries and the continent of Africa. Nevertheless, they carefully and frantically plot their escape, and the ambassador’s son and the caterer’s daughter even have time to fall in love.

    Don’t Drink the Water is Woody Allen’s first play. It was written in 1966, opened on Broadway the same year and ran for two years. It was adapted into a film of the same name in 1969, starring Jackie Gleason. In 1994 Allen himself directed and played the lead in a TV version - also titled Don't Drink the Water - featuring Michael J. Fox.

    "Moved the audience to great laughter [...] Allen's imagination is daffy, his sense of the ridiculous is keen and gags snap, crackle and pop." - New York Daily News

    "It is filled with [...] bright and hilarious dialogue." - New York Post

    Don’t drink the Water is a bright, light-hearted comedy.” – New York Times

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