Plays and Company

Since 2001 we have staged 17 plays and had much fun doing so.

In 2012 we tried our hand at a tragedy for the first time, having performed romances and comedies before. In 2013 we did Romeo and Juliet with a large cast and rowdy street scenes, with dances and fights. The first history play was Richard III in 2014, followed by a problem play in 2015, Measure for Measure, All's Well that Ends Well in 2016, The Merchant of Venice in 2017 and this year's play is Macbeth.


Please have a look at the German pages for the plays, the performers and crew, photos, posters and reviews (partly in English).




Martina Baasner



'Berlin's resident Shakespeare enthusiast', founded the Shakespeare Players

and has directed them since 2001.

She teaches English and French and is the Head of Department for Modern Languages at Friedrich Ebert School. She also trains future drama teachers in a two-year course.

Cornelsen publishing house released her book on teaching the film version of The Merchant of Venice (with Al Pacino as Shylock) in their Film Studies series.
In June 2012 another book on the same play was published, in which passages of the drama have been prepared for school use. This book has been written together with Peter Baasner. In 2017 a school edition and teching materials for the same play followed.





Peter Baasner

is a former teacher of English and German and responsible for the language work with the pupils. He focuses on the English pronunciation, the correct meter (Iambic pentameter) and the voice training of the actors.


During performances he prompts and also makes an appearance on stage, e.g. as Prospero in The Tempest, as Vincentio in The Taming of the Shrew, Time in The Winter's Tale and Shylock in The Merchant of Venice.


He also writes additional texts in modern English for performances (e.g. John Gower's lines in Pericles) and the song lyrics for our musical compositions like 'Let's Get Fruity' for the brothel girls' dance in Measure for Measure.