History of FEST


FEST, the Frankfurt English Speaking Theatre e.V., is the oldest and biggest English-language amateur theatre group in the Frankfurt/Rhein-Main region. Founded by a group of British expats in 1977, we have since staged productions of every kind – drama, comedy, mystery, musical, cabaret, and – last but definitely not least – that magical box of Christmas fun, the British pantomime.

Among our past productions are classics by Anton Chekov, William Shakespeare, Neil Simon, and Oscar Wilde as well as more recent plays by the likes of Christopher Durang, David Ives, Steve Martin and many, many more.

After the initial decade or so in the Stadthalle Kronberg, we now stage our performances at various Frankfurt venues such as the International Theatre Frankfurt, the Interkulturelle Bühne, various Saalbau stages or Kulturhaus Frankfurt (katakombe).

For many years, FEST has been participating in FEATS, the Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies, the largest English-language theatre festival on the European continent. We are one of the regular hosts of this travelling one-act festival (1991, 1996, 2003) and we welcomed 12 participating groups in Bad Homburg, the festival venue, in May 2010.
In 2017 FEST hosted FEATS for the fifth time. For more information visit feats2017.com. The festival venue was at the English Theatre Frankfurt.

In recent years we have received a number of FEATS awards, such as the Award for Best Original Play, ( 2012, The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs) the Blackie Award for Best Actress (2009, Death in Heels and 2006, Wasp), the ECC Centennial Cup for Second Place (2008, Eleemosynary), the Mervyn Briscoe Award for Second Place (2006, WASP), the Marcel Huhn-Bruno Boeye Trophy for Stage Management (2004, Anti! Anti!) and the Award for Best Supporting Actor (1985, Between Mouthfuls).

Check out our Production Archive page to see and read more about our 45 years of great amateur theatre!