Opening of the ‹Foyer Public› postponed

Not yet, but soon hopefully!

It is with great sadness that we have had to postpone the opening event we had planned with you. The ‹Foyer Public›, the new vibrant heart of our theatre, should have opened its doors to the general public on 14 November 2020. And the installation ‹homo desperatus› by Dries Verhoeven was planned for the new ‹Alte Billettkasse›.

Due to the latest protective measures introduced by the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG), we have, unfortunately, had to postpone the opening event. We do not yet know when it can go ahead.

So while that section of Theater Basel that would have been at your disposal is waiting to come to life, a few thousand six-legged protagonists have also been placed into an artificial hibernation state:

Ameisen im Kühlschrank

This refrigerator is currently home to a whole colony of ants awaiting their trip to Basel.
They inhabit an architectural model of the Fukushima reactor, which was destroyed by a tsunami, in Dries Verhoeven's work of art.
Together with a fascinating video, they tell of man-made disasters and a world without humans. We were really excited about hosting this extraordinary installation. But postponed is not cancelled.

And unlike the ants, we are still busy:
We are putting the finishing touches to the ‹Alte Billettkasse›, ensuring the ‹Foyer Public› will look even better than before, and are still searching for the finest cakes for the theatre café. Thereby guaranteeing that you feel completely at home in your space at Theater Basel after waiting such a long time.

Theater Basel, 13 November 2020

Foyer Public –  Platz für alle!

The foyer of Theater Basel is to become a public urban space.

After its official opening on 14 November 2020, the ‹Foyer Public› will be open to everyone, Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm!

Foyer Public

What is the Foyer Public?

It’s an urban space inside the theatre, intended for use by the general public.

Where is the Foyer Public? 

It’s located in the foyer of Theater Basel’s large and small stage.

When is the Foyer Public open?

It’s open daily, except Mondays, from 11am to 6 pm.

What is the idea behind the Foyer Public?

Theater Basel wants to make this very large and pleasant space available to everyone.

What can I do in the Foyer Public?

You can use it as a meeting place or for activities; pass the time there reading, knitting or dancing, or doing nothing at all. Enjoy it, but please be considerate of others when you do.

Is Theater Basel planning to organise events in the Foyer Public?

Occasionally. In December, for example, there’s an Advent Calendar event each day at 5 pm. However, most of Theater Basel’s events in the foyer are held in the evening, after the Foyer Public has closed.

What is the ‹Alte Billettkasse›? 

The ‹Alte Billettkasse› is a new project space next to the Foyer Public. Temporary artistic installations can be enjoyed there free of charge. The theatre’s new ticket office is situated in the foyer.

Are food and refreshments available in the Foyer Public?

Yes, a new theatre café with access to the square at Elisabethenkirche is opening at the top of the Foyer Public in November.

Do I have to subscribe or pay anything to use the Foyer Public?

No. Enjoy free admission and use of the Foyer Public.

Is WiFi available?

Yes. And it’s free. All you have to do is register with your phone number.

Are electric sockets available for use?

Yes, there are electric sockets and work stations. There’s also a lockable mobile phone charging station.

Are children welcome in the Foyer Public?

They’re always more than welcome. Further, there’s a special kids programme on Wednesdays, starting at 2 pm.

Are dogs allowed in the Foyer Public?

Sorry, no animals are allowed in the Foyer Public, apart from guide dogs.

Can I offer courses in the Foyer Public?

No. You can practice, for example, yoga with other people in the Foyer Public. But you’re not allowed to offer any fee-based courses.

Can I use the Foyer Public as a thoroughfare?

Yes. It’s possible to enter the Foyer Public from Theaterplatz and from behind Elisabethenkirche. In other words, you can walk through the Foyer Public as you make your way from the station into the city and vice versa.

Who can I contact if I want to find out more about the Foyer Public?

Speak to our members of staff at the Foyer Public or simply email us at



A theatre café at the top of the Theater Basel foyer will open on 14 November 2020, just behind Elisabethenkirche.

  • Tues. – Sat. 11.30 am – 11.30 pm, Sun. 10 am – 10 pm
  • With outdoor seating in the summer
  • Accessible, wheelchair access adapted toilet via stage entrance



  • Juliane Luster, Patrick Oes (co-management Foyer Public)
  • Belinda Schweizer (inclusion)


If you have any questions, chat to one of our friendly AskMe assistants at the foyer. 

+41 (0)61 295 14 80


With support from:

  • Stiftung Edith Maryon
  • GGG Benevol
  • Schöpflin Stiftung und Werkraum Schöpflin
  • Präsidialdepartement des Kantons Basel-Stadt, Kultur
  • Kanton Basel-Landschaft, Bildungs-, Kultur- und Sportdirektion