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.

Tickets for "Don't Drink the Water" are disappearing fast

This very successful production has been sold out for three consecutive evenings including Saturday 15th June and Thursday 20th June.

Remaining tickets for Friday 21st June and Saturday 22nd June can be purchased 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.

** Hear All About It ! **

Listen to Luca Manganelli, Director of "Don't Drink The Water" and Mike Bray, Semi-Circle President being interviewed on the Radio X English show about the production and the club.

You can listen to the interview by clicking on the Radio X logo below



Check out some rehearsal pictures here

"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

Breaking News:     The Semi-Circle success at FEATS 2019

The Semi-Circle team who have taken the play "Playing With Daisy" to the Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies (FEATS) in Munich have come away with a record breaking three main awards. 

>>> The BATS Trophy for third place overall

>>> The Grand Duchy Award for Best Stage Presentation

>>> The Marcel Huhn/Bruno Boeye Award for Stage Management

****** Heartfelt congratulations to all concerned ******

More details are on our Festivals page here and
photos will soon follow !!

The Semi-Circle is delighted to announce the six short plays to be performed at our autumn 2019 production.

The plays, in no particular order, are:

Swiss Twist by Chloë Hannah, directed by Chloë Hannah & Estela Celi

Time Flies        by David Ives, directed by Georgina Rotter

Whats Been Buggin' Stuart by Chloë Hannah, directed by Michael Clarke

While You Were Sleeping by Alex Broun, directed by Richard Brown

Platinum           by Roger Bonner, directed by Catherine Matter

Eugenically Speaking by Edward Goodman, directed by Diana Zuger

The Autumn production will take place at the Theater Arlecchino,  Walkeweg 122, 4052 Basel on the following dates

3-5 November: Move-in and dress rehearsals

7,8,9 and 14,15,16 November. Performances


** We would like to invite you to audition for these plays ** 

Audition place, dates and times:

Place: Theater Arlecchino,  Walkeweg 122, 4052 Basel

Times: Wednesday, June 26th 2019; 18.30 - 21:00 (6:30 - 9pm)
          Saturday, June 29th 2019; 10:30 -14.00 (10:30am – 2pm)

If you would like to be considered for a role in one of these plays please complete the Audition form which can be downloaded by clicking on the "Audition form" below. Brief synopses of the plays and details of all the available roles are provided in the form

Audition Form  

Forms can either be printed and brought to the Audition or, preferably, sent in advance to  

You can preview the scripts on-line by clicking on the title of each play

** You can also join our Production Team **

If you would be interested in supporting the production by joining the Production Team please also check out and download the Audition form where you will see a list of available roles. We would love to hear from you!


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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     Family: CHF 75

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