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The English Theatre Of Hamburg


  November, 2015

Dear Friends of The English Theatre of Hamburg,

We hope you will come to see Edward Taylor’s NO DINNER FOR SINNERS, a comedy to help us all get through the dark months of the year. In the play you will see old favorites Debbie Radcliffe, Jan Hirst and James Walmsley. They seem to think that Hamburg is the best place to spend the winter months. You saw them last winter in ANYONE FOR BREAKFAST? At least we hope you saw them. If you belong to our “Stammpublikum” you surely did. We’re happy to welcome newcomers Paul Sloss and Toni Peach. It’s their first time on our stage, but we hope it’s not their last. Lucy Sinclair, who played Jeannie in FAT PIG, will play Helen in NO DINNER FOR SINNERS. To get teaching material for the play click here.

Our third play is EDUCATING RITA by Willy Russell, one of the most popular plays ever written. Teaching material for the play is already available. Just click here. All of our teaching material offers you information about the author and the play as well as a detailed summary of the play. Many people find it helpful to read the summary before coming to the theatre to see the play.

EDUCATING RITA will be directed by Nicholas Humphrey, a guest director who will be here for the first time, thanks to support we have received from the Kulturbehörde. Nicholas is both English and German and, therefore, speaks both languages fluently. He lives in Dossenheim and works in Heidelberg. The final play of the season is DANGEROUS OBSESSION by N.J. Crisp, a thriller that will hold you spellbound from beginning to end. Philip Dart, who directed CANDIDA for us last season, will direct the play. We look forward to having him with us again.

We welcome your comments on our website Guestbook, Facebook and Twitter pages. It’s helpful to know your feelings as we plan next season when we will celebrate our 40th Anniversary.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


The Directors
Clifford Dean and Robert Rumpf

The English Theatre of Hamburg | U-Bahn Mundsburg
Lerchenfeld 14 | 22081 Hamburg | Germany
Fax: 040 229 50 40 | Tickets: 040 227 70 89
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For information about the actors click here.

Debbie Radcliffe
Photo by Sheila Burnett

James Walmsley
Photo by John Clark

Jan Hirst
Photo by Claire Grogan

Toni Peach
Photo by Chris Mann

Paul Sloss
Photo by Paul Harrison

Lucy Sinclair
Photo by Chris Baker

About NO DINNER FOR SINNERS by Edward Taylor

In this fast moving British comedy Jim invites his super moral American boss and wife to dinner. Since the boss insists that his employees be married if they are living together, Jim asks his live-in girlfriend, Helen, to pose as his wife for the evening. The request infuriates Helen who has been waiting for ages for Jim to marry her. She storms out of the flat leaving Jim with no wife to present to his boss. He immediately phones a series of former girlfriends, but not one of them is willing to help him out. His pretty young secretary Terri, who is infatuated with Jim, would adore being his wife for an evening, but she is otherwise engaged. In desperation, Jim makes the disastrous mistake of paying his eccentric cleaning lady Edna to play his wife, cook the meal and make conversation of a religious nature with the guests. Then more trouble for Jim arises when Helen, having undergone a change of heart, turns up, followed by Terri – both claiming to be his wife.as.well!.

This comedy (2008) has delighted people of all ages and is perfect entertainment to lighten up the dark wintry season.

Final Press Clippings from FAT PIG

Hamburger Morgenpost, September 2015
Pointiert und mit komödiantischem Witz treibt das hervorragende Ensemble das Spiel voran. Eine bissige, sehr sehenswerte Gesellschafftssatire“ RS

Hamburger Abendblatt, 12./13. September 2015
"Sehenswerte Inszenierung" / "Vom Autor unerhört gut beobachtet und in kluge Dialoge verpackt“

Die Auswärtige Presse, September 2015
“A big hand for four gifted actors who gave their best. As we learned, Rosalind Seal (Helen), Ed Sheridan (Tom), Zigy Ross (Carter) and Lucy Sinclair “catty” Jeannie) were picked out of 500 by director Robert Rumpf who always proves a genius in choosing the right actors for his plays

Angloinfo, 14 September, 2015 by Marinell Haegelin
Veteran director Robert Rumpf has a sure grip on the stellar London cast: he holds them back, and gives full reign as diatribes are unleashed. Rumpf’s clearly timed production is in adherence with the words cadence in LaBute’s brilliant, finely honed comedy.

SZENE HAMBURG, October 2015
Ed Sheridan brilliert als der jungenhafte, feige Tom, dem es schwer fällt, zu seiner Liebe zu stehen,… Die Aufführung lebt von der guten Besetzung englischer Schauspieler,…. Inszeniert wurde das humorvolle, intelligente Kammerspiel von Robert Rumpf, der das englischsprachige Theater 1976 mit Clifford Dean gründete.

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