FEST, the Frankfurt English Speaking Theatre , 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, they 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 their 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, they now stage their performances at various Frankfurt venues such as the International Theatre Frankfurt, the Interkulturelle Bühne or various Saalbau stages.
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. They are one of the regular hosts of this travelling one-act festival (1991, 1996, 2003) and most recently they welcomed 12 participating groups in Bad Homburg, their festival venue, in May 2010.
In 2011 they performed “A Time for Farewells“, taking the production on to FEATS in Geneva, under the directorship of Jeff Book. Thanks to FEST for their details and their excellent production and special thanks to Kate Miller and Gregor Boettcher for the wonderful pictures. You can find more details of FEST and their productions at their website.