The Past (1976)
Here's a look back at 1976, the first year of The English Theatre of Hamburg. Remember hating a picture of yourself and then looking at it ten or twenty years later. Or even 30? The older you get, the better the picture looks. The pioneers in this picture are at the top, from left to right: John Walther and Gabi Ellis; at the bottom, l. to r.: Eloise Jaffer, Robert Rumpf, Clifford Dean and Anja Anderson. John, Gabi and Anja played in Ionesco's THE LESSON and Eloise, Gabi and Anja performed in THE MAIDS by Genet, the first two productions that laid the ground work for the next 29 years. You might expect us to break out in a song about the good old days now, but they were the very hard old days and none of us would want to start climbing this mountain again. It is much better to look down from the top of a mountain that it took thirty years to climb.
The Present (2006)
Michael Lindley as Tom and Julie Bevan as his mother, Amanda Wingfield, in Tennessee Williams' THE GLASS MENAGERIE now playing at The English Theatre of Hamburg. Tom and his mother are making a wish on the moon in this photo. Amanda wishes for "success and happiness for (her) precious children." Tom is keeping his wish a secret.
Laura (Olivia Dawnay) and her mother (Julie Bevan) are looking a picture of a young man Laura once had a crush on in high school. Laura is crippled and very shy. She stays at home where she plays old phonograph records and cares for her glass menagerie. Her mother hopes for a "Gentleman Caller" who will fall in love with her daughter and ask for her hand in marriage.
The Future (short term)
The casting process for our next production has begun. This thriller, BAD BLOOD by Richard Stockwell will be the final offering of the season. Teaching material for this play will be available on 6 March. You can use the link at the bottom of this page to download it.
We are in the process of applying for the professional rights to exciting, entertaining and thought provoking plays for our 2006/2007 Season. These plays will be announced in our April, 2006 newsletter.
...............The Future (long term)
You can look forward to the next 100 years of The English Theatre of Hamburg. If you do not plan on being here in 2106, tell your grandchildren and great grandchildren the good news. The theatre is more than the sum of its parts. It has a life of its own and, although it is the longest-running professional English theatre in Germany, it is still young, hale and hearty, and anticipates a great future. We will certainly do everything we can to sustain it, and hope you will give us some support and encouragement along the way.
Meriel Bradley (above) was cast in THE STAR-SPANGLED GIRL by Neil Simon in 1992. The script called for a beautiful girl. We could hardly believe our good luck when Meriel showed up at the auditions. Our Set Designer at the time, Bill Rasmussen, fell in love with her and vice versa. Bill's eyes just about popped out of his head when he first saw her. Can you blame him? When the run of the show was completed, Bill took Meriel back to Canada, his homeland, married her and they now have three young sons.
We lost a terrific Set Designer and a gorgeous actress. Meriel is now working for Canadian TV (in front of the camera, of course) and the multi-talented Bill designs websites and is, no doubt, involved in dozens of other artistic projects. We lost touch a few years ago, so we can't show you the photo that Bill sent by email of the happy family. We lost the photo and his address when we changed to new computers and new software. If anyone has the address of Mr. and Mrs. Rasmussen, please send it to us.