This page keeps you up-to-date with coronavirus guidance and information.

Protection plan

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Mandatory masks & social distancing

We politely ask all our guests to wear a face mask or covering whilst in the theatre. Apart from the performers on stage, all employees of Theater Basel must also wear a face mask at all times. Children aged 12 and over are legally obliged to wear a face mask or covering.

Whenever possible, always keep a safe distance to other guests.

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Ticketing & registration

Tickets go on sale to the general public on 1 September 2020. Until further notice, we only plan to sell tickets for the following month, either online, by phone or via email. Even for events offering free admission, we politely ask you to register in the ticket shop and to get a free ticket. This way, we can know for sure how many people are planning to attend.

We will ask for your details when you purchase a ticket. Unless otherwise agreed with you, this data will only be used for information concerning Covid 19.

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Chessboard & sectors

The number of seats in our three venues has been reduced: We now offer single and double seats. There is always a free space between the various seats. Further, all the venues have been split into 100 seat sectors.

You can only enter and exit the venue at the level of your prescribed seat (Grosse and Kleine Bühne) or via separate stairs (Schauspielhaus).

Your entrance tickets will be scanned contactless at the foyer doors (Schauspielhaus) and the auditorium doors (Grosse Bühne and Kleine Bühne). Please have your ticket ready for scanning so as not to cause delays.

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Hygiene & ventilation

Our theatre and our three venues will be cleaned at regular intervals: We will routinely disinfect armrests, door handles, railings, toilet facilities, floors, stairs and shelves.

Our theatre buildings are equipped with state-of-the-art and efficient ventilating systems. They extract used air and supply fresh air from the outside.

We also insist on: Regularly washing and/or disinfecting hands. Dispensers filled with disinfectant are located around the theatre.

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We recommend that you do not bring larger items with you to the theatre. However, if you still need to bring along certain items, you can store jackets, coats and bags in the lockers in the basement of the Schauspielhaus (CHF 2 deposit). During performances at the Grosse and Kleine Bühne items can be taken into the auditorium and placed on the empty seats next to you.

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The rules and regulations introduced by the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) on 19 October 2020 have sadly forced us to close the catering facility in the Schauspielhaus.

In line with these latest restrictions, we will be allowed to serve seated visitors only during performances on the Grosse Bühne and the Kleine Bühne. At performances without an interval, seated visitors will be served before the performance begins and afterwards in the new theatre café. The theatre café is open until 11 pm.

At performances with an interval, it is possible to book an interval table in advance. Simply fill in the order form which can be found on each table in the theatre. Please remember to provide your contact details. Our catering team will come to your table to take your order and to allow you to make your cashless payment.
Please note that there is table service only during the interval, drinks will not be served at the bar.

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Cashless & contactless

Please note that currently the preferred method of payment at Theater Basel is by card. Use a bank card to pay at the box office, the bookstall and the theatre restaurant.

Alte Billettkasse

Unser neuer Ausstellungsraum ist seit dem 7. April offen. In der Alten Billettkasse können Sie Kunstprojekte, Installationen oder Ausstellungen zwischen Theater, sozialer Aktion und bildender Kunst sehen.

Als Schutzmassnahme dürfen sich nur jeweils 10 Personen gleichzeitig im Raum aufhalten. Wir zählen Besucher*innen und führen ein Kontakttracing durch. Ihre Daten werden nach zwei Wochen vernichtet. Es gilt Maskenpflicht.

Theater Basel masks

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Fabric masks featuring a Theater Basel design are available from the ticket office for CHF 10 and in our ticket shop for CHF 12.

Our fabric masks are multi layered. The outer fabric is 100% polyester and the inlay is 100% cotton. After use, the masks can be washed, ideally at over 60ºC. They also feature a pocket for inserting a supplied filter. This offers 97.8% filtration efficiency (equivalent to FFP2), thereby offering you additional  protection. 

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Have there been any cases of Covid 19 at Theater Basel?

Since the outbreak of the pandemic there have been six suspected cases at Theater Basel. However, all the test results came back negative. Theater Basel was the first theatre in Switzerland to close its doors and on 10 August it declared the mandatory wearing of face masks for all its employees.

Can I purchase a programme before the performance?

Yes. Programmes can be purchased in our ticket shop when buying your tickets. They are available from the day of the premiere.If you have a voucher, you can also can pick up a programme at the ticket office or bookstall. The bookstall is located on the first floor of the Schauspielhaus. Please be aware that payment here is also by card only.

On the day of your visit to the theatre, you will receive a programme upon cashless payment at the ticket office or bookstall.

Programme sheets with the cast are available for download on the respective page of the production.

We politely ask you not to return booklets that you have had in your hands.

How do you enter the theatre?

Social distancing rules apply when entering the theatre: You must maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 m.

Grosse Bühne:
Sectors A-F should use the entrance at Theaterplatz. Sectors G+H enter the theatre via the Balcony entrance and I-L via the Gallery. There will be an additional entrance at Klosterberg for the performance ‹Saint François d’Assise›.

Kleine Bühne:
Please use the entrance at Theaterplatz to enter the theatre.

Please follow the signposts at the entrance. Guests will enter the Schauspielhaus in two groups – left and right.

How do you enter the respective auditorium?

Grosse Bühne:
Your entrance ticket will be scanned contactless at the auditorium door. Please use the correct entrance (as prescribed on the ticket).

Kleine Bühne:
Your entrance ticket will be scanned contactless at the auditorium door.

Your entrance ticket will already be scanned contactless at the foyer door. Please have your ticket ready at the entrance. Entrance to the auditorium is via separate stairs.

Please have your ticket ready so as not to cause delays.

What are the seating arrangements in the auditoriums?

The auditorium is divided into single and double seats and has chessboard seating pattern. The empty seats can be used to store jackets, coats and bags.

Our seating plans have been adapted in line with the official rules and regulations. Maintaining social distance is mandatory and the venues have been split into 100 seat sectors.

Grosse Bühne:
There will be 520 of the 856 seats available; for the opera ‹Saint François d’Assise› 410 of the 856 and for ‹Das Ende der Welt...› 250 of the 856.

Kleine Bühne:
There will be 170 of the 307 seats available.

There will be 250 of the 470 seats available.

As a subscriber, is my ticket safe despite the reduced number of seats?

Yes. That said, we might have to relocate you slightly due to the safe distance rules and regulations. Our protection plan is based on fixed seating plans and a chessboard seating pattern.

What happens if I have a cold?

If you develop a cough, fever or other flu symptoms prior to visiting the theatre, we politely ask you to stay at home. If you test positive in the 14 days after visiting the theatre, please let us know immediately.

What happens if I forget to bring along a face mask?

We are prepared for this eventuality: If you happen to forget your face mask, you can purchase one at the ticket office or at the theatre restaurant for CHF 2 (cashless payment whenever possible).

Can I visit the theatre with friends and family?

Yes, most definitely. Please note, however, that the auditorium is divided into single and double seats. Simply book two groups of two if you want to come along with four people, for example. In this case, there will only be one empty seat between you and your friends or family members.

What if I do not want to take my coat into the auditorium?

Grosse Bühne:
The cloakroom facility is still available. You are urged to follow the markings and to keep a safe distance when waiting.

Kleine Bühne:
The cloakroom facility is closed.

The cloakroom facility in the foyer will remain closed. You can however use one of the hundred lockers in the basement. Please have CHF 2 at the ready.

Is the catering offering still the same?

The theatre restaurant will be open before each performance.

Grosse Bühne:
The catering offering here is spread across various levels and zones without the obligation to wear a face mask. This allows us to avoid large groups of people in the foyer. We recommend booking an interval table at the theatre bar before a performance with an interval.

Kleine Bühne:
During the production ‹Im Flow der Apokalypse›, the bar is part of the walk-in installation on stage.

In the Schauspielhaus, there will only be a limited catering offering. Depending on the number of visitors, the bar may remain closed.

Subject to change

We will continuously adapt and review our protection plan. Subject to change. Last updated on 30 October 2020.

Current information and recommendations concerning the coronavirus pandemic are available at the Bundesamt für Gesundheit. We also recommend that our visitors use the Federal Government’s SwissCovid ap. Further information

Update vom 19. März 2021

Der Bundesrat hat eine Verlängerung der schweizweit geltenden Corona-Massnahmen verkündet. Alle unsere Vorstellungen bis und mit 21. April 2021 entfallen.

Betroffen sind unter anderem die Premiere von ‹The Square› am 5. April, das Jubiläumswerk ‹Ballett auf allen Bühnen› am 10. April zum 20-jährigen Jubiläum von Ballettdirektor Richard Wherlock und und ‹Intermezzo› am 18. April, inszeniert von Herbert Fritsch.

Bis bald, bleiben Sie gesund!
Ihr Theater Basel, 19.3.2021

Update vom 17. Februar 2021

Gemäss den am 17. Februar kommunizierten Empfehlungen des Bundesrats für eine Verlängerung der Corona-Massnahmen in der Schweiz gehen wir davon aus, dass wir frühestens im April wieder vor Publikum spielen dürfen.

Demnach entfallen alle unsere Vorstellungen im März 2021.  Wir bleiben guter Hoffnung, dass wir nach Ostern wieder spielen dürfen.

Bis bald, bleiben Sie gesund!
Ihr Theater Basel, 17.2.2021

Update vom 14. Januar 2021

Liebes Publikum, liebe alle

Nach Bekanntgabe verschärfter und verlängerter Corona-Massnahmen durch den Bundesrat am 13. Januar 2021 stellt das Theater Basel den Spielbetrieb bis zum 28. Februar 2021 ein. Alle Vorstellungen bis und mit 28. Februar 2021 werden somit abgesagt. Unterdessen wird mit viel Herzblut weitergeprobt – damit wir bestens aufgestellt sind, sobald wir die Türen wieder für das Publikum öffnen können.

Bleiben Sie gesund!

Ihr Theater Basel, 14.1.2021

Update vom 11. Dezember

Liebes Publikum, liebe alle

Nach Bekanntgabe der neuen Corona-Massnahmen durch den Bundesrat am 11. Dezember 2020 stellt das Theater Basel den Spielbetrieb bis zum 22. Januar 2021 ein. Die Massnahme tritt am Samstag, 12. Dezember 2020 in Kraft.

Alle Vorstellungen bis und mit 22. Januar 2021 werden somit abgesagt.

Unterdessen wird mit viel Herzblut weitergeprobt – damit wir bestens aufgestellt sind, sobald wir die Türen wieder für das Publikum öffnen können.

Bleiben Sie gesund und bis im Neuen Jahr!
Ihr Theater Basel, 11.12.2020

Update vom 9. Dezember

Liebes Publikum, liebe alle

Am 11. Dezember wissen wir, ob wir die Theatertüren weiter für Sie öffnen können. Um informiert zu bleiben, schauen Sie am besten regelmässig auf unsere Webseite und abonnieren Sie unseren Newsletter.

Passen Sie gut auf sich auf!
Ihr Theater Basel, 09.12.2020

Update on 30 October

Despite new restrictions being in place and the number of visitors being restricted to just 50, Theater Basel will continue to stage shows:
‹Café Populaire›, a satire by the dramatist and director Nora Abdel-Maksoud, will premiere on the Kleine Bühne on 4 November.

All the performances on the Grosse Bühne and in the Schauspielhaus have been cancelled throughout November, with one exception:
The popular production of ‹Metamorphosen› will be performed in the Schauspielhaus on 5 and 6 November.

This regulation will apply throughout the whole of November or for as long as we are allowed to perform.

Update vom 23. November

Solange die neuen Massnahmen im Kanton Basel-Stadt gelten, spielen wir vom 3. bis 6. Dezember mit einem nochmals reduzierten Spielplan für die zugelassenen 15 Personen pro Vorstellung.

Den Verkauf von 15 Tickets pro Vorstellung so kurzfristig zu organisieren ist uns leider nicht möglich. Daher verlosen wir die Karten für unsere fünf Vorstellungen – davon zehn unter unseren Abonnent*innen und fünf unter allen anderen. Mehr

Wir gehen aktuell davon aus, dass wir ab dem 14. Dezember wieder für 50 Zuschauer*innen spielen dürfen.

In unserem Theater gilt die Masken- und die Abstandsregelung. Unsere Gastronomie ist derzeit geschlossen.
«Wahrscheinlich ist im Moment kein Ort so sicher wie das Theater Basel», attestiert Kulturjournalist Andreas Klaeui dem Theater Basel auf SRF 1 nach der Wiederaufnahme des Spielbetriebs am 10. Oktober 2020. 

Dear guests

On 13 March 2020, Theater Basel was forced to close its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. Since then people around the world have been getting used to a different way of interacting with each other, while avoiding direct contact, confined spaces and unnecessary travel. People now talk about easing back into a ‹new normality›. In a way, we have become used to this new kind of normal and are trying to return to a daily routine that makes our lives enjoyable. This also includes the theatre. A place where, according to its purpose, it is all about encountering, meeting and coming into contact with other people. Live on stage and metaphorically with the audience. 

We can finally welcome you back to Theater Basel on 9 October. We are delighted and cannot wait to perform for you again. To ensure it remains this way, we have put together a comprehensive protection plan for our three venues.

We are doing everything we can for the sake of your and our health and would be grateful if you would support us in this matter.

Here’s looking forward to an amazing 20/21 season together!