The Semi-Circle
   English Language Theatre in
   Basel since 1975

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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.

"Why should you be afraid? They’re only secret police. They’ll arrest you and torture you. What’s to be afraid of”? (Marion Hollander)

The Semi-Circle Basel is excited to announce its upcoming production of "Don't Drink The Water", a hilarious comedy by Woody Allen, at the Theater Tabourettli in the centre of Basel. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Director:                    Luca Manganelli

Assistant Director:    Chloë Matus

Producer:                  Michael Bray

Cast (in order of appearance)

Reverend Drobney:            Georgina Rotter

Ambassador Magee:          Diana Zuger

Kilroy:                                   Meg Bogatko

Axel Magee:                         Nicolas Hunziker

Marion Hollander:                Mady Kunz

Walter Hollander:                 Paul Pieterse

Susan Hollander:                  Barbara Bekalska

Krojack:                                Rik Deurloo

Chef                                     Kunal Soni

Sultan of Bashir:                    Kunal Soni

Sultan’s first wife:                  Fiona Müller

Kasnar:                                 Norman Koeth

Countess Bordoni:                Valerie Walder


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

Advance ticket sales for "Don't Drink the Water"

are now available from
the Theater Fauteuil Webshop (recommended by The Semi-Circle)
or via StarTicket.

You can purchase your tickets by clicking on the logos below.


Tickets can  also be purchased directly from:

Die Post, Manor, Bider and Tanner, Coop City, Basler Verkehrsbetriebe (Barfi), Travelhouse, Globus Reisen and Plattfon Records.

From the Theatre box office from the end of May and on performance nights.


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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