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Thinking of producing a show? Need to know what shows are available? How about the characters and the roles they play? What voices are required? What sort of orchestra is needed? What does the musical score and libretto look like? Where can it be obtained? Answers to these questions may be found among the links to the right. If you know of any other links that may be useful to GAOS members contact the webmaster. Also please note that the descriptions for the websites come from the website in question, not from GAOS or the webmaster.

Local (Swiss) societies

GEDS - The Geneva English Drama Society was founded in 1933. It provides a diverse theatre programme with a wide variety of styles and periods. A typical season includes 3-4 full stage productions and 20 fortnightly staged playreadings, plus workshops and social events. The play readings normally attract 50-100 people, and provide onstage roles for both experienced and aspiring actors.

Theatre In English - This is your guide to the two amateur English-speaking theatre groups in Geneva, Switzerland, (Geneva English Drama Society and Geneva Amateur Operatic Society), the ticket office keeps you up-to-date on all English-speaking theatrical events.

The English Theatre Group of Zug - Since their first production in 1987, the English Theatre Group of Zug has staged some 50 performances of various types: classic musicals including Chicago, Oklahoma! and Kiss Me Kate, but also British pantos such as Cinderella and Mother Goose and - completing the list - smaller off Broadway musicals such as Inside Out.

The Village Players - Organise regular activities each month in a club house at Chalet a Gobet and have two productions a year in theatres in the Lausanne area.

Zurich Comedy Club - The Zurich Comedy Club is the home of English Theatre in Zurich. It has a history of over 50 years, starting in 1954. It stages not just comedies, but Shakespearean dramas (eg Much Ado about Nothing), Historical and biographical dramas (eg Amadeus), Pantomimes (eg Wind in the Willows) Music & Dance (eg Stepping Out) and Victorian Music Hall. It does 2 major productions per year (May & November) in a 500 seater theatre in the Seefeld area of Zurich City, plus contributions to theatre festivals & smaller productions

International societies

NODA - The National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) was founded in 1899 "to protect and advance the interests of Operatic and Dramatic Art, and of Societies engaged therein." It has a membership of some 2,500 amateur societies and 3,000 individual enthusiasts throughout the UK, staging musicals, operas, plays, concerts and pantomimes in a wide variety of performing venues, ranging from the country's leading professional theatres to tiny village halls.

FEATS - The Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies is an annual competition between English-speaking amateur theatrical groups resident in mainland Europe to see who can put on the best production.

On-line guides

Guide To Technical Theatre - Aiming to eventually be the best resource for practical information and advice about technical theatre for theatre folk at any level.

The Singers' Site - If you have a passion for pop, jazz or opera - happy amateur, budding wannabe or seasoned pro there's something here to get your vocal cords vibrating!

Glossary of Technical Theatre Terms - Claims to be the biggest theatre glossary on the Web, now in it's ninth year. Over 1610 terms now listed, and more added monthly.

British Theatre Guide  - Includes a glossary of theatre terms.

A brief history of Theatre - This guide explains the history of theater from the ancient Greeks to what theater looks like today. 

Geneva area information

Welcome to Geneva - The Economic Promotion Office promotion web site. Includes lots of information about the region around Geneva, city guides and maps.

Library in English - The English-language lending library in Geneva. The Library in English has a fantastic collection of books for all the family: the latest best-sellers from the US and UK, as well as classics and a wide range of quality fiction and non-fiction. It also has a wonderful range of children's books and holds a weekly StoryHour to help spark the interest of younger children.

British Residents' Association
- events for British Residents in Switzerland, club for expats in Geneva, Vevey, Valais, Berne, Basle, Zurich and Ticino.

International theatre guides

London Theatre Guide - You'll find everything you need to know about London theatre - all the news, what to see and how to book - here at the official site of the Society of London Theatre.

New York Theatre Experience Inc. - The New York Theatre Experience, Inc. is a New York State nonprofit corporation whose mission is to: promote awareness of the theatre locally, nationally and globally; increase theatre attendance; encourage public participation in the advancement of theatre by attendance and contributions both as a volunteer and by donor gift; act as a conduit between and among the various aspects of the theatrical community to facilitate easier communication and higher visibility.

TimeOut - Time Out takes you straight to the action with city guides to 118 of the world's geatest cities. They review thousands of the best restaurants, clubs and bars, assess the hotels and show you the finest sights and shows.


Performing Rights Society - Collects license fees for the public performance and broadcast of musical works. It distributes this money to its members - writers and publishers of music.

The Aria Database - An actively growing collection of information about opera and operatic arias. Contains basic information, aria texts, translations, MIDI files. Currently 1278 Arias - 170 Operas - 60 Composers - 381 Translations - 1027 Aria Texts - 223 MIDI files.

Samuel French - Publishers and Royalties agents for Musical scores and Librettos

The Operabase - Opera Schedules, Opera Houses, Opera Festivals, Opera Reviews, Opera Links

Musical Theatre International - Another source of information concering worldwide productions.

LimeLight Scripts - Provide pantomime scripts both traditional and new.

Choral Public Domain Libraray - Here you will find free choral/vocal scores, texts, translations, and other useful information

Learning choral music - A site to help you learn choral music, including carols.

Loisirs.ch - Les bons plans romands pour toute la famille.

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