Ab 1. Juni 2021

  • Foyer Public: Di – So 11:00 – 18:00 Uhr*
  • Theatercafé: Di – So 11:00 – 23:30 Uhr

* Änderungen vorbehalten, angepasste Öffnungszeiten werden hier publiziert

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 – test phase starting

Dear Basel, Dear readers,

At the Foyer Public, you can meet friends, sit together, relax alone, read, play cards, work, do some crafting or whatever else takes your fancy. There is a children’s corner, workstations with power sockets and Wi-Fi and a branch of the GGG city library, which can all be used for free. At present, the dance floors cannot be used, unfortunately.

Our new theatre café is also opening its doors to the public. Please note that you are not allowed to consume food and drinks in the Foyer Public at present, but the theatre café does offer outdoor seating. The terrace is located on the square just behind Elisabethenkirche.

We look forward to welcoming you! 

The Theater Basel team, 21 June 2021

Das Foyer Public für Kinder

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