Theater Basel came top of this year’s critics’ poll in ‘Theater heute’ magazine and was awarded the title Theatre of the Year 2018. The theatre had won this award only once before, in 1999. 43 journalists from the entire German-language region took part in the vote.
Ewald Palmetshofer’s rewriting of Gerhart Hauptmann’s «Before Sunrise», a work commissioned for Theater Basel that received its world premiere at the Schauspielhaus during the 2017/2018 came second in the critics’ poll in ‘Theater heute’ magazine for «Play of the Year» only two votes behind the winner («Am Königsweg» by Elfriede Jelinek).
The co-production between the Vienna Burgtheater and Theater Basel «Hotel Strindberg» by Simon Stone, which received its world premiere in January 2018 at the Akademietheater in Vienna and which will be performed on the Grosse Bühne at Theater Basel from January 2019, attained second place in the category «Production of the Year».
The production of «Woyzeck» by Georg Büchner directed by Ulrich Rasche was invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen and presented there at the Haus der Festspiele on 17th & 18th May 2018.
In its overview of the 2016/2017 season Theater Basel is awarded first place in the critics’ poll by the magazine «Die deutsche Bühne» in the category for «Best Overall Achievement».
The production of «Three Sisters» by Simon Stone is invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen and presented there as its opening production on 6th May 2017.
For his adaptation of Ibsen’s «John Gabriel Borkman» (a co production Theater Basel / Wiener Festwochen / Vienna Burgtheater) resident director Simon Stone is awarded the Nestroy Theatre Prize in the «Best Director» category, is voted «Director of the Year» in the critics’ poll in «Theater Heute» magazine and invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen 2016. For his production of Tony Kushner’s theatrical epic «Angels in America» Simon Stone is awarded the Nestroy Theatre Prize 2016 in the category «Best Production in the German Language».
The productions of «Edward II. I Am Love» by Nora Schlocker and «Angels in America» by Simon Stone are invited to the 3rd Swiss Theatertreffen in Geneva. For technical reasons only «Edward II. I Am Love» can be presented in Geneva on 29th May 2016.
The Swiss premiere of the opera «Donnerstag aus "Licht"» by Karlheinz Stockhausen (Musical Direction: Titus Engel, Director: Lydia Steier) is voted Production of the Year by «Opernwelt» magazine.
Andreas Beck and his new team take over the direction of Theater Basel. (Opera Director: Laura Berman, Executive Dramaturg for Theatre: Almut Wagner, Ballet Director: Richard Wherlock, Director of Communications: Ingrid Trobitz, Music Director Designate from 2016/2017: Erik Nielsen). After a period of renovation work, the theatre opens under the new team in October 2015.
Theater Basel’s opera chorus is voted Chorus of the Year in the critics’ poll of «Opernwelt» magazine.
Theater Basel is voted Opera House of the Year for the second time in the critics’ poll of «Opernwelt» magazine.
Theater Basel is voted Opera House of the Year in the critics’ poll of «Opernwelt» magazine.
17th January 2002
The new Schauspielhaus opens in Steinentorstrasse with Shakespeare’s «Hamlet». Its architects are: Felix Schwarz, Rolf Gutmann and Martin Pfister.
Theater Basel is voted Theatre of the Year in the critics’ poll of «Theater heute» magazine.
The Grand Council approves the credit for the Schauspielhaus on the Ganthaus site.
The charitable foundation «Schauspielhaus Ladies First» receives additional donations from companies and individuals. As a result the original plan is extended (to include the tunnel, basement, restaurant and technical items).
The government’s proposal for the new building on the Ganthaus site: it will provide a credit of 11.5 million if the remaining 9.5 million can be raised by private means.
The government holds an architecture competition to rebuild the Schauspielhaus on the Theaterplatz. Following resistance from residents, the government decides on a provisional solution retaining the old Komödie.
The theatre is renamed «Theater Basel»
3rd – 5th October 1975
Opening of the current theatre building on the so-called Theatermarkt. Construction from 1969-1975. The architects are: Felix Schwarz, Rolf Gutmann and Frank Gloor.
6th August 1975
Demolition of the «old» theatre.
15th June 1975
Final performance in the old City Theatre (Verdi’s «Don Carlos»)
The opening of the new theatre planned for autumn 1974 must be postponed indefinitely.
The reason is that the «Nationale Aktion» party calls a referendum against the increase in subsidy for the new theatre. In the popular vote in September 1973 the government’s proposals are unexpectedly defeated. Subsidies are cut and «Nationale Aktion» calls another referendum against the government’s revised plans in April 1974.
Düggelin hands in his resignation. Only after a major campaign by the Theatergenossenschaft, the Theaterverein and gestures of sympathy for the Basler Theater across the region is the new level of subsidy accepted.
With the appointment of Artistic Director Werner Düggelin the City Theatre and the Komödie become one organization entitled «Basler Theater». Friedrich Dürrenmatt accepts the post of Artistic Adviser.
An official competition run by the Department of Construction to design a new City Theatre is won by the architects Schwarz, Gutmann and Gloor.
1954 – 1960
Under Artistic Director Herman Wedekind and Ballet Director Wazlaw Orlikowsky, the ballet achieves international recognition for the first time.
1951 – 1953
Under Artistic Director Friedrich Schramm the «Basler Schauspiel» is created – a joint ensemble of actors performing at both the City Theatre and the Komödie, directed by Egon Karter. The project lasts for two seasons.
Under Heinz Rosen work begins to develop the ballet section.
The theatre is divided into sections:
Overall Director: Egon Neudegg; Theatre Director: Oskar Wälterlin. The Küchlin Theatre is hired as a second stage. This is relinquished again at the end of the season.
Conductor Felix Weingartner’s work with the theatre attracts attention to the opera from outside the region for the first time.
20th September 1909
The theatre re-opens. The architect was Fritz Stehlin v. Bavier.
6th/7th October 1904
The theatre is completely destroyed by fire.
Hugo Schwabe Hegar, the company’s Vice-President is appointed Director – an honorary post. He opens his first season with Schiller’s «Wilhelm Tell».
The stock company, also known as the City Theatre Company, decides to do away with the leasing system and run the theatre itself.
4th October 1875
The new «Theater am Steinenberg» opens, also known as the «City and Stock Theatre» or «City Theatre».
The architect of this four-tiered baroque building was Johann Jakob Stehlin-Burckhardt.
It has a capacity of 1,400 seats and 200 standing places. The building was financed through a stock company, the city and the canton. It continued to run through a leasing system.
1873 – 1875
Theatre performances continue to take place in the Burgvogtei and elsewhere.
The building is transferred to the city and is converted into a school.
6th October 1834
The «Theater auf dem Blömlein» opens. The building was designed by the classical architect Melchior Berri and had 1,300 seats. (Construction was from 1830-31 when the population of the city of Basel was 24,000)
The building was made possible by the foundation of a stock company at the end of the 1820s. The theatre was leased annually for a few months (usually from October to March) by a private Theatre Commission to a series of frequently changing Directors who ran it at their own risk. (Until 1892 there were 30 different Directors).