European Theatre GroupETG

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 11:12 on 9th December Twitter

First day complete ✅
We took a quick stop off in Reims last night before moving onto our first venue, Sursee! 🇨🇭🇨🇭🇨🇭

European Theatre Group 19:00 on 3rd December Twitter

With just five days to go until we set off on tour, check out our amazing poster by Bella Biddle!

If you just can’t wait until January to see us in Cambridge then you’re in luck, tickets are now on sale for our performance at @cockpittheatre on 20th Dec!

European Theatre Group 16:43 on 7th December Twitter

And the curtain falls on our 4th show of the tour at Institut le Rosey, Rolle, Switzerland! We had so much fun working with the students here! 9 days before our London show at the @cockpittheatre get your tickets here: #Shakespeare #theatre #cambridge

European Theatre Group 11:18 on 7th December Twitter

Here are some sneak peaks from this year’s tour: Othello! These photos were taken by the wonderful APARC school from our first stop in Chantilly, France 🇫🇷 #europeantour #theatre #shakespeare #othello #cambridgeuniversity

European Theatre Group 23:03 on 12th January Twitter

🎭 Only three days until the opening night of our ADC homerun! 🎭

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Need more convincing? Have a look a some of the feedback we got from audience members on tour:

European Theatre Group 13:11 on 17th December Twitter

???? 90 minutes until our first London show! Tickets are still available on the door for both…

European Theatre Group 10:04 on 15th December Twitter

Having performed our last European show last night we are looking forward to retuning to the UK for our two shows at @cockpittheatre this Sunday!
Tickets still available here:…

European Theatre Group 09:03 on 11th December Twitter

Our London shows are less than a week away! Get your tickets now so you don't miss out…

European Theatre Group 19:01 on 26th November Twitter

It’s exactly one week until the cast and crew of ETG 2017 set off on tour across Europe! Catch us at our concluding shows in the Cockpit Theatre, London on Dec 17…

European Theatre Group 00:25 on 30th November Twitter

Tickets are available for our London shows on the 18th of December here:

European Theatre Group 00:23 on 30th November Twitter

4 days until Hamlet heads on tour - we're coming for you Europe!

European Theatre Group 12:24 on 15th November Twitter

@LoLetters Hi there, our performances in London will be at 2pm and 7pm - hope to see you there!

European Theatre Group 11:50 on 22nd October Twitter

Check out our website for the full itinerary of our 2016 tour of Hamlet!

European Theatre Group 17:24 on 13th March Twitter

We'll leave with this 'random' quote that sums up ETG: "Though this be madness, yet there is method in't!" Bye!

European Theatre Group 17:16 on 13th March Twitter

A final goodbye from the Twelfth Night Twitter team(@jackjrowan@jfwastell@gabbiebird) Good luck to next year's tour!

European Theatre Group 13:31 on 16th February Twitter

We're excited to say that applications are now open for 2016's Tour Manager & Business Manager!… Apply! @adctheatre

European Theatre Group 02:27 on 17th January Twitter

"Well that's all one, our play is done!"

European Theatre Group 18:54 on 16th January Twitter

Only 2 tickets left for the final show!

European Theatre Group 11:22 on 16th January Twitter

Orrrr come along to or matinee at 2.30pm today and see if you can make Malvolio smile even more... @adctheatre

European Theatre Group 11:20 on 16th January Twitter

Only 2 tickets left for this evening or you can try for day tickets @adctheatre Grab them while you can!

European Theatre Group 10:57 on 16th January Twitter

"A great show & one I would certainly recommend people see whilst they still have the chance"⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ @cambridge_tr

European Theatre Group 10:51 on 16th January Twitter

"A brilliantly executed production" ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ @cambridge_tr

European Theatre Group 10:46 on 16th January Twitter

"A lovely treat from start to finish which will definitely have you laughing out loud!" ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(⭐️) @VarsityUK

European Theatre Group 10:43 on 16th January Twitter

"As merry as a mug of mulled wine... Twelfth Night has a professional touch not often found in student theatre" ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ @TheTab

European Theatre Group 10:40 on 16th January Twitter

Today's our final day of Twelfth Night and ETG 2015/16.... Where did the time go?! Must... Not... Cry...

European Theatre Group 14:21 on 12th January Twitter

It's lovely to be back home on the @adctheatre stage this pm for our dress rehearsal #homerunfun


Past shows

See all the shows this society has been previously involved in at the society history page.