Founded more than 30 years ago, the English Theatre Frankfurt is continental Europe’s largest English-speaking theatre.
The English Theatre plays an important role in the cultural life of Frankfurt, one of Germany’s most international cities. It has also become a recognised cultural institution in the greater Rhine-Main region thanks to the consistently high standards of its productions, its international flair and its role as a meeting place for people of all nationalities. The government of the state of Hesse has even called it a “beacon” for the entire region.
The English Theatre and its educational activities promote learning and linguistic competence, as well as cultural exchange between Germans and English speakers.
Each season, more than 60,000 visitors enjoy its wide range of classics, comedies, thrillers and musicals, all produced to the highest professional standards. In terms of its patrons, 70 percent are native German speakers and 30 percent are from the extensive English-speaking community at home in and around Frankfurt. According to recent market research, the theatre draws the youngest, best educated and most affluent audience in Frankfurt.
As befits a high-calibre international institution, the theatre’s creative and technical staff come from many different countries. Its shows are generally cast in New York and London, where initial rehearsals take place before transferring to Frankfurt. Each production has a new cast, and all shows are produced by the English Theatre itself.
Capable of seating 300, the theatre’s auditorium boasts state-of-the-art audio-visual technology. The house bar, James, has two floors outfitted with plush contemporary furniture, helping provide the English Theatre with its unique atmosphere.