stands for New English American Theatre.
The idea was conceived in 1991 as a means of making English language plays more widely available to Stuttgart audiences. From the beginning, it has been the aim of
to provide theatre goers with uncompromising presentations of original version English language theatre as it may be experienced in the countries of its origin. We prefer to challenge the non-native speaking
portion of our audience rather than cater to their perhaps limited vocabulary by over-simplifying the text or unnecessarily accenting the visual aspects of a production for their sake. Our productions, which
have included musical theatre, children's theatre, staged monologues, one-act plays, music & poetry projects are authentic and our audiences truly appreciative.
NEAT has become a fixture on the Stuttgart theatre landscape. It is a talented international team - often called
upon for radio, television, film and advertising projects whenever the necessity for native English speaking actors should arise. NEAT is regularly invited to participate in the city's intercultural events.
The first theatre production under the NEAT banner was DRIVING MISS DAISY by Alfred Uhry performed in 1991 at
Zentrum Theater. Transformed into an e.V. in 1992, NEAT was the first group to perform at what
is now known as the Kelley Theatre in Möhringen - with both a German and English version of C.S. Lewis' THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE.
The early support of the Amerika Haus (now Filmhaus) and the use of its stage as a rehearsal space nearly resulted in a downtown venue of our own - unfortunately, the American Cultural Department decided to
shut down its Stuttgart facility. There followed years of guest performances at such venues as Irrlicht Theater in Stuttgart, Schlosskeller in Nürtingen and the Universität Theater in Tübingen before finding a
welcome domicile at the KKT in 1994; where we established the venue as a popular space for English language theatre and performed regularly for over 12 years. In search of a larger stage, we have since moved on
to KULTURWERK (http://www.kulturwerk.de/) as our main venue; while our more intimate projects are presented at MERLIN (http://www.merlin-kultur.de/merlinstuttgart.0.html),
DREI GROSCHENTHEATER (http://www.dreigroschentheater.de/) and WEST QUARTIER (http://www.westquartier-stuttgart.de/).
In 1999, NEAT began putting together Irish Evenings or, as they are now known, Celtic Cultural Evenings. These
shows with live music, song and dance have reached cult status in Stuttgart and have become a
real tradition around St. Patrick's Day; as have the annual Christmas Panto shows that NEAT has been performing since 2011.
The latest regular addition to the NEAT agenda is the DARK MONDAY series of readings with Live Music performed
by the DARK MONDAY ORCHESTRA on every first Monday of the month at MERLIN. These shows are a themed mixture of prose, poetry, music and songs, as well as play readings and radio plays. Each evening is totally
NEAT has often been invited to take part in the international FEATS - Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies which takes place in a different European city every year.
In May 2005 in Hamburg,
NEAT production of OLD TIMES by
Harold Pinter won the Mervyn Briscoe Award for the 2nd best production and in
Stockholm in 2008, Greta Redmond was awarded the Blackie Prize for Best Actress for her performance of "Mary" in Conor "McPherson" DUBLIN CAROL In Bad Homburg,
2012, Andrew Carey-Yard was nominated for
Best Actor for his performance in HOME STORY by Edward Albee and at the FEATS Festival in Den Haag, Andrew received the coveted Best Actor award,
for his portrayal of The Man in John Clancy's play THE EVENT.
Past projects include THE FANTASTICKS by Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones, THE EVENT by John Clancy, CAGES by Lewis John Carlino, 'NIGHT, MOTHER by Marsha Norman, AT HOME AT THE ZOO, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA
WOOLFE?,THE GOAT and THE ZOO STORY by Edward Albee, EDUCATING RITA and SHIRLEY VALENTINE by Willy Russell, THE GLASS MENAGERIE by Tennessee Williams, A KIND OF ALASKA and OLD TIMES by Harold Pinter,
I CAN'T REMEMBER ANYTHING by Arthur Miller, I DO NOT LIKE THEE DOCTOR. FELL by Bernard Farrell, KRAPP'S LAST TAPE and WAITING FOR GODOT by Samuel Beckett, MISERY by Stephen King, SISTER MARY IGNATIUS
EXPLAINS IT ALL FOR YOU and THE ACTOR'S NIGHTMARE by Christopher Durang, ON THE GROUND by Jay Kalifeh, LUNA ROSE, BEASTS AND FLOWERS, THE ELVIS MONOLOGUES adapted for the stage by Charles C. Urban,
FLAHERTY V.C. by G.B. Shaw, THE PAVILLON by Craig Wright, and many more