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.

    There is a “kick-off” meeting on December 13th  2018 at the Borromäum Center , Byfangweg 6, 4051 Basel when roles and groups will be assigned. It’s not mandatory to attend and you can still be considered for a role provided you have got in touch!

    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:               A small entrance fee of CHF 10 will be charged to go towards the                               cost of the evening

    19:00:              Doors and bar will be open (drinks at your own expense)

    20:00:              Play Readings will begin (duration approximately 90 mins with a break).

    We very much look forward to including as many people as possible for a light-hearted and relaxed evening of Rehearsed Play Readings in the best traditions of the Semi-Circle.

    • 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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