Englisches Theater

Die Theatergruppe des Englischen Seminars


The play currently planned for the winter semester 2022/23 is a linked double comedy:

Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth by Tom Stoppard

“The first is hardly a play at all without the second, which cannot be performed without the first.” (Tom Stoppard). The first involves a hilarious semantic experiment and a 15-minute version of Hamlet. The second is a tribute to people whose authoritarian government does not tolerate free speech. It includes a politically-relevant, compressed version of Macbeth.

Lots of roles to be cast. All students at the Leibniz Universität Hannover are welcome to join. No experience needed. No auditions.


Summer 2021: THE COMPANY OF WOLVES by Angela Carter

Winter 2020/21: MACBETH by William Shakespeare

Summer 2020: UNDER MILK WOOD by Dylan Thomas

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Dr. Peter Bennett  recently retired as a lecturer at the University of Hannover. He founded the theatre group in 1988 and has been directing it since then. So far, he has directed and supervised one new play almost each semester.


Although based in the English department, the group is open to all students of the university. It is not a club. There is no fixed membership. One play is normally presented every semester, the group consisting of all those who have an acting role in the current production. In practice, each production’s cast consists of roughly a third who have played in two or more productions, a third who have already been in one production, and a third who are entirely new. The director has been there since the beginning.

The production style is economical, with emphasis on voice, body and movement. Staging tends to be minimalistic and basic with regard to scenery, sound and lighting. A decisive influence on production style and choice of play is the fact that there are usually at least fifteen people eager to participate, the majority of them women. Most modern plays in English have relatively small (and predominantly male) casts and are more or less naturalistic in that they do not work well if women play male parts. The group therefore tends to favour non-naturalistic drama, as can be seen from the production history.

The university has no theatre of its own, but the English Theatre Group has a good working relationship with the Theater in der List e. V. where the performances are held.

Production History