The AATG is an English-language amateur theatre group based in The Hague. Membership is open to all nationalities, adults and children alike, with or without theatre skills or experience - as long as you share our enthusiasm for anything theatre! Whether you're excited for acting, singing, dancing, choreography, set design, painting, backstage crew, lights, sound, costume, make-up - there is always a spot for you within the AATG.
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We are constantly looking for ways to bring entertainment and theatre to you, and this will help us do it.
What we do
Our biggest yearly project is our hugely popular British Pantomime, generally involving about 100 people on stage or backstage in one way or another. This fun show for all the family, usually based loosely on a traditional fairy tale, is seen by nearly 2,000 people each year at four or five performances in a major The Hague theatre. The principal actors are selected by audition at the start of the summer, while the adults and children who sign up for the singing and dancing chorus have their first rehearsal straight after the summer holidays. Principals and chorus then attend scheduled rehearsals leading up to the live performances in December. And, of course, a whole army of backstage helpers has to be recruited as well!
From New Year to the summer, our efforts are mainly focused on our Spring Production, which may be a full-length play or a number of one-act plays or musical sketches. Here too, the cast is selected by audition, but the backstage volunteers are equally indispensable! Our Spring Productions are staged in smaller theatres such as the Warenar theatre in Wassenaar, and often include our subsequent FEATS entries.
Throughout the year we also hold several play readings (about one a month) and other learning and social events, in which anyone can take part. And in recent years we have organised a very successful Murder Mystery Dinner in March, which gives AATG members a great opportunity to dress up and improvise the scripted characters – murderer, victim(s) or innocent bystanders – so that the diners can try to pinpoint the guilty party! The net proceeds are donated to a nominated charity.
The AATG is governed by an annually elected Committee which takes care of day-to-day business and manages the finances in accordance with Dutch law, and selects proposed plays.
The AATG Committee
Vice-chairman & Website
Secretary, Membership & Play Readings
Emma de Moel
Newsletter & Business
Message from the chair
Ho! Ho! Ho! Season’s Greetings to all our AATG family
We were thrilled, finally, to have been back in the theatre with live productions and an actual audience instead of a virtual one. Thank you to all involved, especially the directors, John Kearey and Emma de Moel, for a great show.
We will be starting off the new year with auditions for 'A More Perfect Human' written by our very own Henri Colens, which will be our entry to FEATS 2022, in Luxembourg and will also be showcased at the Paradijs at the Koninklijke Schouwburg, The Hague, in April 2022. We are still looking for another short play to perform with this and to possibly go to the FEATS Fringe. This could be your chance to flex those directing muscles.
Rehearsals for 'Sleeping Beauty', the AATG 2022 Pantomime, are well underway and everything is looking good for the March performances. Tickets will be going on sale very soon, so watch the website for more information. There is limited space at The Warenar for the performances, so get in quick and buy your tickets to avoid disappointment.
The AATG Committee is looking forward to welcoming you at the auditions or at an event in 2022.
It all began in November here with a production of French Without Tears by Terence Rattigan. The proceeds were donated to the building fund of the Anglican and American Episcopal Church in The Hague, which had been destroyed by the bombings of 1945. The group’s original name was ‘Diplomaten Toneelspelers’. In March 1964 Queen Juliana of the Netherlands gave her Royal Assent and the group was registered at the Chamber of Commerce as the Anglo-American Theatre Group of The Hague.
In May 1976 the AATG co-founded and hosted the first Festival of European Anglophone Theatre Societies (FEATS) in Rotterdam, staging The Collection by Harold Pinter as a competing entry. Since then the AATG has played a very active part in FEATS (held in a different European city each spring) by competing on a regular basis and hosting the Festival in The Hague every five or six years. The first FEATS Fringe – a non-competitive afternoon programme of short plays and workshops that is now an integral part of the Festival – was held in The Hague in 1990. FEATS will be hosted by the AATG in The Hague again in 2026.
The plays we have staged over the years in and around The Hague and at FEATS are shown in the list of Past Productions.