The foyer of Theater Basel is a public urban space!
Anyone who wants to is welcome to sit together, play, read, relax, dance, work or just enjoy the atmosphere.

Im Frühjahr 22 findet das erste Mal unser ‹Danse Public› statt. Das Foyer Public und das Ballett spannen dabei zusammen und legen den Fokus ganz auf den Köper und den Tanz. An mehreren Daten im April darf man sich auf verschiedenste Tanzformate freuen!


From 1 June 2021

  • Foyer Public: Tues – Sun 11 am – 6 pm*
  • Theatre café: Tues – Sun 11 am – 11.30 pm

* Details subject to change, any changes to the opening times will be published here

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

Our theatre café at the top of the Theater Basel foyer, just behind Elisabethenkirche, awaits you.

  • Tues. – Sun. 11.00 am – 11.30 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