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Join the 2016 Tour

The European Theatre Group is looking for experienced, competent and enthusiastic people to join this year’s tour. ETG has toured round Europe with a Shakespeare play almost every December since 1957, and is one of the most exciting and ambitious opportunities Cambridge theatre has to offer.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and imaginative Director to put together an exciting take on Shakespeare for a young European audience.

We are accepting applications for HAMLET and will also consider applications for JULIUS CAESAR. Please note that we are unlikely to consider applications for other Shakespeare plays, especially if they have been performed at the ADC Theatre or Corpus Playroom in the last three years.

Please apply stating any relevant experience and why you would be suitable for the role. Directors should lay out their vision for the show as well as outlining how they would cut the show to a length of 2 hours, work with a cast of only 10, how they would adapt the show to differing standards of venues on tour and also what they would do to make the show accessible to students of English as a foreign language.

All applications or questions should be sent to Lewis at

The application deadline is 7pm, Thursday 10th March. Interviews will be on Friday or Saturday. Please let us know if there are any issues with these dates.

50 Year Reunion

From humble origins, setting out on the first tour of Europe in a trusty fruit and veg van, ETG is in as good health as ever.

This was evident at the 50 Year Reunion of the 1965 ETG tour, The Merry Wives of Windsor, who met in London this month. Members of the 2015 ETG had the privilege of being invited along to share stories, hear of the group’s fond memories and most importantly, to provide reassurance that ETG continues to thrive.

Among the group was the actress Miriam Margolyes (Mistress Ford) known to most of this year’s ETG as Professor Sprout in Harry Potter and, continuing the Shakespearean tradition, as the Nurse in Romeo + Juliet. In her honour, we assured Miriam that we too would be dancing on the tables on our trip.

The tour continues to be a coach-bound operation and travels to many of the same places it did 50 years ago. Another constant is the warm and lasting friendships ETG has created. In the words of a member of the 1965 team, ‘Out of the letters ETG, we were always a Group first’.

Here’s to the next 50 years…

We’d like to thank Mike Reynolds, Martin Short and Miriam Margolyes in particular for the invite and for hosting a truly wonderful evening.


The Merry Wives, Miriam Margolyes and Sue Pulford