upstart-entertainment · shakespeare basel 2011

A Trio of Tragedies

The 2016 summer open air from upstart entertainment

mit freundlicher Unterstützung der Universität Basel  


How it all began

on Tuesday, 09 March 2010. Posted in About

the spark of an idea

For years we’ve sat in this fabulous courtyard and listened to it scream at us to play Shakespeare here and we turned a deaf ear. Finally in 2011, we followed our instincts and played A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The turnout exceeded our expectations, the feedback was fantastic and ever since people have been harassing us as to when we would return with the next edition.

An enforced hiatus of a couple of years, and we're back in 2014 with Twelfth Night. 

We hope you come and enjoy some of the magic and if you think it’s a good idea to make this a regular feature then do send us your feedback. Upstart has set itself the goal of promoting young local talent, but we can only ever achieve anything with the help and support of our audience.

Andrew Fernandes and Nicolaia Marston

About us

on Wednesday, 28 May 2014. Posted in About





Andrew Fernandes, born in Bombay, studied economics and political science in Bombay, Marketing in Vienna and got an MA in Journalism and PR from Oregon University, USA. He is the founder and driving force behind upstart entertainment. 
A singer and musician in many different formations in many countries, he currently sings in a JJ Cale Cover band (Bead Clan) - and he has performed in many plays and musicals from Bombay to Switzerland. In 2002 he founded upstart entertainment to give younger talent a professionally run platform to try out and hone their skills, and to produce high value plays and musical theater. Next to producing, he has directed several shows of upstart entertainment such as A Slice of Saturday Night and Closer and has also appeared in a few productions.



Nicolaia Marston studied English, German Literature and Media in Cologne, Lausanne and Basel, graduating with an MA in Basel. Her passion for the theater and acting has been a constant companion from an early age and led her through several stages of learning by doing, in school and university theater groups in Basel, Lausanne and took her to New York learning about acting for camera and then to London, where she got an MA in Acting from the renowned Drama School East15.

She is a founding member of upstart entertainment and creative director, producing, directing and occasionally doing other things such as creating the costumes, or co-writing a play.
Shakespeare in the Courtyard is a dream come true combining the academic side of Shakespeare Studies with the practical aspect of Acting.

Some of her directing work: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Luca@Aisha, The Importance of Being Earnest, Return to the Forbidden Planet and Twist & Shout.





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