July 22, 2015

History

ETG’s rich history began in 1957 when a group of students, which included Sir Derek Jacobi and Sir Trevor Nunn, travelled across Switzerland with their production of Romeo and Juliet.

The tour then consisted of half a dozen actors and a set transported in two fruit vans, but was such a success that we have toured Europe with a Shakespeare Play on an annual basis since. Tour alumnus Stephen Fry discussed his experiences in his book, The Fry Chronicles:

“In the Christmas vacation, I accompanied the European Theatre Group on a tour of the Continent. The ETG had been founded by Derek Jacobi, Trevor Nunn and others in 1957 … and had earned a lamentable reputation for its frequent lapses from high seriousness and decorum … amateur performances which a pro would be proud of.”

Since then, we have grown in size and ambition and are now a self-sufficient theatrical company, travelling by coach with professional equipment and an experimental set.

  • 2017 – Much Ado About Nothing 
  • 2016 – Hamlet
  • 2015 – Twelfth Night
  • 2014 – Macbeth
  • 2013 – Richard III
  • 2012 – The Merchant of Venice
  • 2011 – King Lear
  • 2010 – The Taming of the Shrew
  • 2009 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • 2008 – Hamlet
  • 2007 – Julius Caesar
  • 2006 – Macbeth
  • 2005 – The Taming of the Shrew
  • 2004 – Romeo & Juliet
  • 2003 – Much Ado About Nothing
  • 2002 – Twelfth Night
  • 2001 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • 2000 – The Tempest
  • 1999 – The Winter’s Tale
  • 1998 – Measure for Measure
  • 1997 – Hamlet
  • 1996 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • 1995 – Richard II
  • 1994 – The Tempest
  • 1993 – Othello
  • 1992 – As You Like It
  • 1991 – Henry V
  • 1990 – King Lear
  • 1989 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • 1988 – The Taming of the Shrew
  • 1987 – Macbeth
  • 1986 – Measure for Measure
  • 1985 – Much Ado About Nothing
  • 1984 – Twelfth Night
  • 1983 – The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • 1982 – Romeo and Juliet
  • 1981 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • 1980 – The Taming of the Shrew
  • 1979 – Macbeth
  • 1978 – King Lear
  • 1977 – Antony and Cleopatra
  • 1976 – Julius Caesar
  • 1975 – Romeo and Juliet
  • 1974 – The Tempest
  • 1973 – Hamlet
  • 1972 – Macbeth
  • 1971 – A Man for All Seasons
  • 1970 – Much Ado About Nothing
  • 1969 – Measure for Measure
  • 1968 – As You Like It
  • 1967 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • 1966 – Comedy of Errors
  • 1965 – Cymbeline
  • 1964 – The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • 1963 – Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • 1957 – Romeo and Juliet

2 thoughts on “History

  • What has happened to the Falstaff tour of France and Switzerland under Tony Palmer? I have the reviews. I played Falstaff.

  • Yes, the tour of 1962 with Henry IV, directed by Tony Palmer and featuring Miriam Margolyes as Mistress Quickly.

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