STET – Stichting The English Theatre – promotes and produces professional English-language theatre for the international community in The Hague and surrounding areas.
STET is the brainchild of Elske van Holk who worked for the Southwark Playhouse, a famous studio theatre on the London Fringe. She was a part of its production team for six years where she learned the ropes and trade of theatre production. She started STET in June 2006 upon her return to The Netherlands, having identified the need for a good high quality English-language theatre in The Hague.
The English Theater has been involved in over 20 productions in the past three years. The locations where the productions are often performed add a special charm to the performances.
Ashley Ramsden’s A Christmas Carol was performed in one of the oldest and best-preserved almshouses in The Hague “Het Hofje van Wouw” (1634). The open-air performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Mowgli Stories (aka Jungle Book) by the British theatre company Illyria, sometimes accompanied by champagne picnics, at the Oranjerie of Duivenvoorde Castle from late August have now become a tradition for many.
STET’s oncoming production, The Guildhall Graduates 2010 – Young Talents from London, takes place on 29 September to 3 October at the Branoul Literair Theater in the Maliestraat, The Hague. Three young graduates from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama will perform their graduation solo pieces. Collaborating with Drew Balch (viola), the monologues are written and directed by the actors themselves as part of their final examination requirements.
The Guildhall School of Music and Drama is one of Europe’s leading conservatories. It boasts of Daniel Craig, Joseph Fiennes and Ewan McGregor among others as its alumni.
More information and online bookings can be found on their website www.theenglishtheatre.nl