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HUbbub - Theater Group




Pronunciation: 'hƏ-"bƏb
Function: noun
Etymology: perhaps of Irish origin; akin to Scottish Gaelic ub ub, interjection of contempt 


Welcome to the website of the theater group of the Department of English and American Studies at the HU Berlin!


HUbbub features students from the Department of English and American Studies (and sometimes members of the institute's staff) and is directed and organized by Dr. Stefana Ehlert, who also teaches in the "Sprachpraxis" section of our department. Every winter term we practice and perform a new thrilling play in January in front of 500 theater guests in Berlin. The good thing is that the theater group is also an actual class for all of the programs in our department for which you can receive credit points.


New students with all kinds of skills and talents are always welcome! Watch for the course announcement in the schedule of each winter term. You can either be part of the cast and try out your acting abilities, or join the crew to help with the props, costumes, sets, and everything else that is needed for a theater performance. Whether you are part of the cast or the crew, it will be lots of fun, and you will improve your English and learn many different things that might help you for your further careers.


So far, we have put on thirteen funny, dramatic, and always entertaining English-language performances, but there are definitely more to come. Here is a list of our previous plays:


  • 2002: The Whole Shebang (Rich Orloff) – Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • 2003: Oedi (Rich Orloff) – Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • 2004: Wyrd Sisters (Terry Pratchett, Script Stephen Briggs) – Theaterhaus Mitte
  • 2005: Guards, Guards! (Terry Pratchett, Script Stephen Briggs) – Theaterhaus Mitte
  • 2007: Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen, script Jane Kendall) – Theater Zerbrochene Fenster
  • 2007: Dracula (John Mattera) – Theater Zerbrochene Fenster
  • 2009: Murder in Play (Simon Brett) – Alte Feuerwache
  • 2010: Arsenic and Old Lace (Joseph Kesselring) – Alte Feuerwache
  • 2011: Emma  (Jane Austen, script Doon MacKichan and Martin Millar) – ACUD Theater
  • 2012: The Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum, script Adele Thane) – ACUD Theater
  • 2013: The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins, script Constance Cox) – ACUD Theater
  • 2014: Check Please (Jonathan Rand) / The Whole Shebang (Rich Orloff) – ACUD Theater - poster
  • 2015: The Farndale Avenue Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Production of Macbeth (David McGillivray, Walter Zerlin Jr.) - ACUD Theater - poster
  • 2016: Daisy Pulls It Off (Denise Deegan) - ACUD Theater - poster
  • 2017: Mort (Terry Pratchett) - ACUD Theater - poster
  • 2018: Frankenstein 1930 (Fred Carmichael) - ACUD Theater - poster


Here are some pictures of our previous plays:


Wyrd Sisters (2004)



Guards, Guards! (2005)



Pride and Prejudice (2007)







Dracula (2007)






Murder in Play (2009)








Emma (2011)






The Wizard of Oz (2012)








The Woman in White (2013)






Check Please / The Whole Shebang (2014)





The Farndale Avenue Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Production of Macbeth (2015)



Daisy Pulls it Off (2016)


Mort (2017)


Frankenstein 1930 (2018)