Screen capture from the Barking Abbey Plays, one of the productions from the Medieval Convent Drama Project

Friday 12 – Saturday 13 April 2019


Peoples and Places: Networks, Communities, and Early Theatre


University of Fribourg, Switzerland


The 2019 Medieval English Theatre Meeting, celebrating 40 years of METh, will be on 12-13 April at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, hosted by Elisabeth Dutton and Olivia Robinson. The theme will be Peoples and Places: Networks, Communities, and Early Theatre.





Fribourg Guide
esp. Food







REGISTRATION is now open.




On the previous day (Thursday 11 April) and in the same location there will be a Postgraduate and Early Career Symposium run by the Early English Drama and Performance Network (registration free but space limited).





This is a special celebration METh conference, in honour of the organisation's 40th anniversary, and is therefore longer than the traditional one-day conference. We encourage conference attendees to consider arriving in time to join the EEDPN delegates for dinner on the evening of 11 April; METh attendees might also wish to consider staying in Fribourg until 14 April to witness the Palm Sunday procession in town, and other local medieval and theatrical delights.




Transport: We understand that a longer stay in Switzerland will add to costs for delegates; flying mid-week is, however, usually cheaper and booking early also ensures reasonable fares. Easyjet, Swiss, and British Airways offer good low-cost fares if booked well in advance: Fribourg is easily accessible from Geneva, Zurich, and Basel airports.
Food and accommodation are both expensive in Switzerland, but we are all set to help! We have sponsorship to keep registration fees low (these include lunches and coffees); we hope to offer some graduate bursaries; we are happy to help with finding affordable accommodation options.




A detailed downloadable map in three languages is available here. Opens in separate window. Download from icons in top right corner, then close window.






though more intellectual delights are included!   Download list of eating places, museums, and other points of interest. Opens in separate window. When you have downloaded, close window.








There are a number of hotels in the town centre many of which can be found at Hotels in Fribourg and delegates will also find a number of reasonable options available through AirBnB. There are many hotels located in the town centre and a short distance from the conference venue:

  • Hôtel du Faucon. Offers university rates; mention that you are attending a conference at the University of Fribourg (~80-100CHF/night).
          Rue de Lausanne 76, CH-1700Fribourg
          Tel: +41 26 321 37 90; e-mail:
  • Hotel de la Rose. Offers university rates; mention that you are attending a conference at the University of Fribourg (~118-160CHF/night).
          Rue de Morat 1, CH-1700 Fribourg
          Tel: +41 26 351 01 01; e-mail:
  • Hotel Hine Adon. Apartments rather than hotel rooms (~120CHF/night plus a tax of 3.10CHF per person per day).
          Hotel** Hine Adon, Aparthotel, Boarding House, Rue Pierre-Aeby 11, CH-1700 Fribourg
          Tel: +41 26 322 37 77; e-mail:
  • Hotel Elite. Offers group rates if more than one room is booked (~95-150CHF/night).
          Rue du Criblet 7, CH-1700 Fribourg       Tel: +41 26 350 22 60; e-mail:
  • Hotel Au Sauvage. No conference rates (~170-240CHF/night).
          Planche Supérieure 12, CH-1700 Fribourg       Tel: +41 26 347 30 60; e-mail:
  • Hotel Alpha. No conference rates (~100-120CHF/night).
          Rue du Simplon 13, CH-1700 Fribourg       Tel: +41 (0) 26 322 72 72; e-mail: or through website
  • Hotel NH Fribourg. No conference rates (~110CHF/night).
          Grande Places 14, CH-1700 Fribourg       Tel: +41 26 351 91 91; e-mail:




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