Simply Theatre Productions Timeline

  • 2005

    Founded

    Simply Theatre Productions was founded in 2005 by Thomas Grafton and Jenna Melling. Bringing “a slice of the West End” to audiences in Geneva, early programming included productions of Educating Rita, Private Lives and Sleuth alongside family productions of The Twits and George’s Marvellous Medicine.

  • 2007

    Expansion of Simply Theatre Academy

    With the rapid expansion of Simply Theatre Academy, in June 2007 professional productions were put on hold, while focus and energy was put into developing this other business.

  • 2012

    Re-launch of Simply Theatre productions

    In 2012, with the move to a new, purpose-built venue on the horizon, plans were put in motion to re-launch Simply Theatre productions. The artistic policy was to have a slight shift, focusing more on quality theatre for family audiences.  Simply Theatre Productions re-launched in December 2012 with Christmas with the Stars, a concert starring Ruthie Henshall, John Owen Jones, Sharon D Clarke and Adam Bailey, along with a 100 strong community choir made up of members of the local community.

  • 2013

    Move to new 85 seat studio theatre

    In 2013, with the move to Simply Theatre studios and a new 85 seat studio theatre, we programmed our first full season of professional and cabaret productions, alongside Academy productions.

  • 2018

    A season of shows every year

    We now programme and produce a season of shows across both Geneva and Zurich, running from October – June yearly. Our professional and cabaret productions provide an opportunity for our eager and enthusiastic expat and local audience to experience top quality English-language theatre for all the family. Our Academy productions provide opportunities for our most talented students to work with professional directors, choreographers, musical directors and designers, producing electric performances and spell-binding entertainment.