About Us

About LEF Theatre Group

The Leiden English Freshers Theatre Group  is an English language theatre group. It was set up a little over 15 years ago in association with the English department at Leiden University. Its aim: to introduce freshman of Leiden University to the world of English theatre. Since that time LEF has come a very long way. We are still connected to Leiden University, but we now operate more independently. LEF is for students, graduates, and (young) working professionals. If you are interested in joining our theatre group, send us a message via facebook or email join.lef@gmail.com.


On this website you can find information on everything to do with us and read updates about what we’re up to.

Pygmalion: Pickering

Over time we have evolved into a successful amateur theatre group, casting more experienced actors as well as complete beginners, and staging at least one English language play each year. Our aim is to create high quality plays while having fun.
Plays vary from the inevitable Shakespeare to more modern plays, such as J. M. Barrie’s Dear Brutus or George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.

We are convinced (but can’t prove) that LEF members tend to graduate with higher marks, better stories, and at least a few Shakespearean soliloquies to impress the family.

There is more to LEF than rehearsals. We often have a drink together afterwards, and regularly organize parties. Every production also has a Rehearsal Weekend on location somewhere in the Netherlands. We also organise a few workshops both on acting and stage production, and we usually perform a short play during the El Cid week (in August).

You can also find us on FacebookYoutube and Twitter.

We are also available for hire to teach a workshop at your institution. If you are interested and would like to know more about availability and price please contact artdirector.lef@gmail.com.

If you would like to have our group perform for you for a private gathering please contact artdirector.lef@gmail.com for more information.


About LEF’s board for 2017-2018:

  • Artistic Director
    Elske Toot
  • Producer
    Erik van Dijk
  • Treasurer
    Erik van Dijk
  • Public Relations
    Sabina Weistra
  • Creative Coordinator
    Catrin Simons

One Response to About Us

  1. Bruce Tallon says:

    Good Afternoon,

    I have attempted, repeatedly, to contact your organization with regards to donating costumes to LEF.

    Whilst one appreciates that LEF is not a professional company, the common courtesy of a reply would not be inappropriate.


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