English Theatre Leipzig was founded in 2013 by Tom Bailey at the Neues Schauspiel Leipzig. Together with a group of both amateur and professional actors and directors, it became an e.V. in 2016 with the aim of bringing quality English language drama to the Leipzig theatre scene. Leipzig, and indeed all of Saxony, is becoming more and more intercultural, and with so many speakers of English, it seemed a great opportunity to offer an alternative to an OV film once a week at the cinema!
Our first few productions have earned rave reviews and have established the company as a force to be reckoned with on the Leipzig theatrical scene, both for native and non-native speakers of English. In the second half of 2016 English Theatre Leipzig became an official e.V. This has enabled us to continue bringing many more fantastic productions to Leipzig audiences, like Annie Baker’s “Body Awareness” and an English language production of Max Frisch’s “The Arsonists”, as well as a full programme of theatre productions running into 2019 and beyond.
As always, our productions take place at the fantastic Neues Schauspiel Leipzig. You can click the image below to find out more about them or buy tickets for our next production:
If you’d like to get involved with English Theatre Leipzig, we’re always looking for new blood to join our expanding group of theatre enthusiasts. There is a need for not only actors, but directors, backstage crew and front-of-house, so don’t be shy! Contact us today!
You can also join ETL as an official member! We welcome both full members, who would like to take active part in shaping our future, as well as supporting members, who would just like to help us continue to do what we do.
All you have to do is fill out and send us the application linked above and we’ll get back to you once new applications have been ratified by our members.
Our mission is to provide quality English language theatre to Leipzig and the surrounding region. We also feel it is our mission to expand the possibilities for participation in English language theatre to people living in the Leipzig region.
In addition, we wish to make the English language more accessible to non-native English speakers through the immediate medium of theatre and to provide educational opportunities through workshops or, where possible, productions aligned with state syllabuses.
Finally, we see it as part of our mission to represent Leipzig at international amateur theatre festivals and thereby promote our city as a multicultural gateway to central Europe.