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The Semi-Circle Play Readings

The very first Semi-Circle event in May 1975 was a reading of Oscar Wilde's "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime". This was followed in 1976 by a reading in costume of GB Shaw's "Heartbreak House" (see picture). Both events were sponsored by The British Circle from which the name "The Semi-Circle" was derived.

This play reading tradition has been carried on and, from 1989 has been arranged on a regular basis being in its current format from the early 2000's to today. 

As you can see from our "What's On" page we continue with readings every month.  

A full list of the plays we have read from the early 2000's to 2023 can be viewed here.

In 2024 the Monthly Play Readings are as follows:


January 8th       The Nether                                by       Jennifer Haley

February 5th      Deckchairs                                by       Jean McConnell

March 4th          Twopence to Cross the Mersey    by       Valerie Windsor 
based on a memoir by Helen Forrester

April 8th            Deathtrap                                  by       Ira Levin

May 6th             Otherwise Engaged                    by       Simon Grey

June 3rd            The Bald Prima Donna                by       Eugène Ionesco

July 1st             Umlaut, Prince of Duesseldorf      by       Michael Green

Further planned dates are:
September 2nd,   October 7th,   November 4th,   December 2nd.

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1976 Rehearsed Play Reading of Heartbreak House at the Kellertheater, Basel

Play reading Christmas 2019 in the Centrepoint library, Lohnhof, Basel

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