Lead by Rosie Thorpe and Ilya Parenteau, English Theatre Düsseldorf is an English-speaking platform for International artists. Based in Düsseldorf, Germany, we collaborate on anything from classical and contemporary plays to experimental pieces from resident playwrights, all originating from a range of cultures. We are so excited to perform to audiences who share our passion for English-speaking theatre in all its forms and to take our plays from Düsseldorf to other cities in Germany and beyond!



ETD will be producing THE CHESS PLAYER, performed by the incredibly talented Richard McElvain, as he brings his show to Düsseldorf for just 6 DAYS ONLY, on the 18th, 19th, 22nd, 23rd, 25th, 26th September. Performance will begin at 7.30pm!

The Chess Player is based on the novella, “Schachnovelle” by Austrian author Stefan Zweig. It tells the story of a Viennese Jewish lawyer, Dr. B, imprisoned by the Nazis. Because his legal practice was in financial management for Austrian "old money", they are sure he "knows" things they want to find out, so instead of sending him to the death camps, they keep him in solitary confinement to break him down. Gradually descending into madness, he steals a book of famous chess games and staves off insanity by escaping into the games.

Beyond the story of survival, the production has a larger, meta-theatre frame in which Richard explores the idea of how life parallels the action of the play. How, like the doctor in solitary survives by entering an illusion, so do we in our lives reach out to illusions to guide us...like Theatre.

Richard performed the show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year and it received 5* STAR reviews!

…an absolute must see not only for entertainment purposes, but as a necessary piece of theatre.

Broadway Baby *****

Tickets on sale HERE!

Halloween fun for the kids!

A Halloween Theater Workshop for kids 6 - 10 years from 15 - 19th October 10.30am - 3.30pm.

Contact us to reserve a place on info@english-theatre-duesseldorf.de

And something for teens too!

An Autumn Tales Devising Theater Workshop for kids/teens 11 - 15 years from 15 - 19th October 9.30 - 1.30pm. Contact us to reserve a place on info@english-theatre-duesseldorf.de

IN OTHER NEWS... We still have places!

Theater Club for Toddlers/ littluns aged 3-5 years From Monday 10th September!

Theater Club for Kids aged 6-10 years From Monday 10th September!

Theater Club for Kids aged 11-14 years From Wednesday 12th September!


NEW Evening performance workshop for adults!! STORYTELLING AND STAGECRAFT

What's your story? Join us for an English-language workshop in telling stories and staging them for performance, starring YOU! Over the course of 15 weeks, participants will draw on their personal experience to develop a short theatre piece, which we will then collaboratively stage for our final presentation. With a focus on supportive ensemble-building and fun theatre exercises, this is an ideal opportunity for beginning and intermediate actors alike: learn to create interesting "stage pictures," how to physically embody a character, and how to shape a meaningful tale for your audience.

A 15-week course + performance starting Wednesday 5th September 2018 cost 325€.

The course will run every Wednesday, 8.15pm - 10.15pm, until Wednesday 12th December at drei-klang Musikschule.

PLACES ARE LIMITED! To register email us on