Relying only on their presence of mind and on the audience's suggestions, the Hamburg Players' improv team creates theatre out of nothing – and they will be part of this year’s Theaternacht again, as part of the Theater an der Marschnerstraße’s contribution to this Hamburg-wide event. The focus is on longform improv – which means a series of dramatic, touching, and funny scenes will develop before your eyes, based on a single suggestion.

 

Join us on 9 September at Theater an der Marschnerstraße at 8.20pm and 10.30pm for either one or both our sets of the evening.

 

Tickets: http://theaternacht-hamburg.org/de_DE/tickets

The biggest news first: the Hamburg Players won the Adjudicator’s Discretionary Award at this year’s Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies (or FEATS, for those in the know) in Brussels! Read more of our adventures under the photo (which shows director, cast and crew in a post-award moment):

A happy post-awards Soap Opera director, cast, and some of the crew (Lexi & Ronny were still working on the get out)

 

As many of you know, one of the one-acts of our February production, Soap Opera by David Ives, was our entry to the festival, which took place from May 5 to May 8.

 

The week before started off with bad luck when Valerie Doyle, the director, received news that the lead actor would be unable to travel due to illness. At such short notice the only viable option was for her to step in. The cast and crew rallied round, two rehearsals were managed before leaving for Brussels and once there rehearsals continued in blazing sunshine in a local park.

 

It was a long, nerve-wracking wait until the performance on the very last night of the four.day festival – would we be able to pull it off? Our backstage crew, under the expert guidance of Stage Manager Lexi von Hoffmann, set the stage for us and we were off!

 

Audience and adjudicator showered the show with lots of laughs and praise. We were particularly commended for our set – especially the washing machine, costumes, direction and acting were all praised. Special mention was made of the excellent use of sound and lights. Harald Djürken’s performance as the Maitre D was particularly highlighted and Amy Lee was nominated as best actress for her double role as Mother/Machine.

 

Amidst strong competition from other groups, the adjudicator decided to give us the discretionary award, which she personally chooses, particularly mentioning the washing machine (thank you to our set designer Alex Robertson) and Valerie standing in for the lead actor.

 

Valerie onstage next to the winners of best actor, best actress, and best stage management

 

Find out more about the winners of this year's FEATS here.

Dear Friends,

November 2014 marks the beginning of the Hamburg Players 50th season. That’s right! We have been playing continually since 1965. To mark this incredible celebration we will be offering a special Souvenir Anniversary Programme FREE to our audiences during the season-opening production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night or What You Will.

Our production of Pride & Prejudice in November 2013 was seen by 2800 people. With this incredible number in mind we would like to invite all our loyal friends to take the opportunity to make an announcement or advertise your business with a dedicated space in our Anniversary Programme.

This could be for:

  • Your business,
  • A loved one,
  • A wedding anniversary or a birthday celebration, or
  • Anything else you can think of.

You can reserve a ¼ page, ½ page or full page. Your advertisement will appear next to interesting articles about William Shakespeare, the play & its history and much more. You will also be able to see other businesses advertise who may be of interest to you!

We sincerely hope that you can share something and join us as we launch our 50th anniversary year.

You can download order forms with prices and sizes below. Surprise us with your creativity! This is a great and fun opportunity available to all.

If you would like to see a sample of our programmes first, download the samples provided below.

 

Yours sincerely

The Committee

 

Hamburg Players win best production! Ellen Bergman wins Blackie award for best actress!

The Hamburg Players travelled to Luxembourg over the Whit weekend to the Festival of English Anglophone Theatrical Societies (FEATS) annual one act festival. Director Valerie Doyle was proud to be able to present the European premiere of Pulitzer Prize Winner, David Auburn's play "Amateurs", a tense drama featuring an older political operative (Jonathan Greenman) confronting his past in the form of a young woman (Ellen Bergman), the daughter of a former political rival. Three months of intensive rehearsals paid off when on the very last slot of the festival our cast (including Mathilde Berry as the secretary) delivered an electric performance, which the adjudicator praised as a theatrical highpoint of the festival, awarding us The Founders Cup for best production, the Blackie Award for best actress and a nomination for best actor. Thanks to our stage manager Henrik Zawischa, and crew: lights - Tom White, sound - Meg Mc Farlane and Amy Lee - the set looked fantastic as was the opening sound track, both garnering praise from the adjudicator. Special thanks to Lexi von Hoffmann for wonderful props and to Martin Mills for music and sound ideas.

And to our nearly 30-strong team of supporters who came to cheer us on - many of whom were at the FEATS for the very first time. We made a lively impression on the FEATS community with many of our young participants (and a few oldies too) dominating the dance floor until the wee small hours at the FEATS party.  A final evening was spent after the awards were over celebrating on the steps of Luxembourg's Town Hall with some of the Munich group. 

We are so looking forward to hosting FEATS next year in 2015 in the Altonaer Theater Hamburg.

 

Cast & Crew "Amateurs"

cast and crew celebrating

Hamburg Players FEATS Group

a strong presence - 27 went

At this year's Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies the Hamburg Players not only won the Founders Trophy for the best play of the festival, also Ellen Bergman was given the Blackie Award as the best actress. Jonathan Greenman was also nominated for the Blackie and got much praise from the adjudicator. What a great encouragement for the next year when we will be hosting FEATS 2015 in Hamburg. Now the tired but happy group is now on its way home. More information later.

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