The Cambridge University European Theatre Group is a self-sufficient, entirely student-run theatrical company, which tours a Shakespeare play around Europe for two and a half weeks every December (and has been doing so for over 50 years now!). It is an ambitious coach-bound operation; a company of 25 or so tour with professional lighting and sound equipment, costumes and an experimental set, enabling us to put on a show absolutely anywhere.
Each year we typically visit twelve venues - ranging from professional theatres, to schools and universities, and even to churches and converted bread-ovens - and travel through five or six countries. In the past, we have performed in France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland, The Czech Republic, Italy and Hungary, before returning for a homerun in Cambridge the following January.
A typical day on tour doesn't exist! Every single performance is like an opening night as we usually only perform at any given venue for a day, meaning we constantly have to adapt the show, both technically and artistically, to best suit the space we are performing in. However as a rough idea, we leave the previous venue very early in the morning, arriving at the new venue around lunchtime. The entire company then unloads the coach and starts the "get-in", setting up the lighting, sound and set. Whilst the techies finish this, the cast prepare the show for this new stage. Sometimes we then put on a late matinee (and if not, we explore the town), before settling down to dinner followed by the evening show. Once the curtain comes down we rapidly "get-out", reload the coach, and by midnight, head off to stay with a host family!
Over time, ETG has developed a reputation at home and abroad for producing exciting, innovative, experimental and professional interpretations of classic texts, attracting the most ambitious actors, technicians and creative forces from within the university. We provide successive generations of company members and audiences with challenging experiences completely unimaginable elsewhere in British (let alone student) theatre. Have a look at The ETG Experience to get a better idea of what it means to be involved with such a unique and exciting group!
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European Theatre Group posted: 4 days until Hamlet heads on tour - we're coming for you Europe!
European Theatre Group posted: @LoLetters Hi there, our performances in London will be at 2pm and 7pm - hope to see you there!
European Theatre Group posted: Check out our website for the full itinerary of our 2016 tour of Hamlet!
European Theatre Group posted: Heading to #edfringe? Check out the ETG Twelfth Night team in @PlainHeroines @EggBox_Comedy @howierookie2016
European Theatre Group posted: "As merry as a mug of mulled wine... Twelfth Night has a professional touch not often found in student theatre" ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ @TheTab
European Theatre Group posted: Today's our final day of Twelfth Night and ETG 2015/16.... Where did the time go?! Must... Not... Cry...
European Theatre Group posted: @CUMTS Why, this is very midsummer madness! #24hourmusical
European Theatre Group posted: Twelfth Night is our 58th show since our establishment in 1957! Make sure you catch our opening night tomorrow @adctheatre - tickets £12/£9