Englisches Theater

Die Theatergruppe des Englischen Seminars



The regulations in response to COVID-19 mean that we will yet again not be allowed to meet physically for rehearsal. We will therefore rehearse and record the summer semester’s project online through video conferencing.

THE COMPANY OF WOLVES (1980), a play for radio based on “Little Red Riding Hood”, began as a short story in The Bloody Chamber (1979), Angela Carter’s acclaimed collection of feminist rewritings of traditional fairy tales. She later turned it into a gothic horror fantasy film (dir. Neil Jordan 1984).

Students who are interested should contact Dr Peter Bennett directly by e-mail (click on the link in “Get in touch” below) and/or sign in on StudIP at least one day before the first meeting (i.e. by the end of Tuesday 13 April). The first meeting will take place on Wednesday 14 April at 2pm punctually. No-one needs to commit themselves in the first two weeks.

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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.



MACBETH: a shortened version of Shakespeare’s play intercut with arguments and discussions on the meta-level by a fictional theatre company which is producing an audio version of Macbeth. has been recorded but is still in post-production. A link to the audio file will appear here soon.




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.