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 pleased to announce its Spring 2019 production

Don’t Drink the Water

By Woody Allen

Director: Luca Manganelli

Location: Theater Tabourettli, Spalenberg 12, 4051 Basel

Performance dates: 13, 14, 15 and 20, 21 22 June, 2019


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

Invitation to Audition

Woody Allen's  "Don't Drink the Water"

We invite you to take part in the auditions, details of which are as follows:


Theater Tabourettli, Spalenberg 12, 4051 Basel


Monday, January 21st 2019 from 6.30 pm to 9:00 pm (18:30 - 21:00)

Saturday, January 26th 2019 from 2 pm to 4.30 pm (14:00 16:30)

If you are interested in auditioning for this exciting production you can download the play script from the internet here

If you would like to audition for a part in Don't Drink the Water, just complete this DDTW Audition form and send it to the Director Luca Manganelli at as soon as possible, and by Friday 18th January at the very latest.

We are also looking for volunteers for the crew - if you would like to volunteer for any of the following roles, just write directly to

  • Production manager, Assistant Producer
  • Props Manager
  • Publicity support officer and fly posters
  • Front of house staff
  • Make-up artists and wardrobe 
  • Set design and construction
  • Backstage hands
No previous experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn and have fun

We look forward to hearing from you ... and please feel free to forward this invitation to anyone you think may be interested.


Details of the 2018 Autumn Production of "FRIENDSHIPS?" 

can be viewed on the "Productions" page


The Semi-Circle has released it's new Privacy Policies in line with the recent General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which came into force in the EU on May 25th 2018. 

You can read these policies here

Further changes may be implemented once the new Swiss regulations have been published.

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