At Theater Basel, we take the health and safety of all our team members, stage performers and the audience very seriously. At the same time, we are doing everything in our power to guarantee a regular programme of theatre performances. We were quick to introduce procedures for the regular testing of all performers and team members to prevent infections spreading during rehearsals and performances and to protect the audience. Face masks have been compulsory for all team members at Theater Basel since the introduction of the Covid-19 regulations. The Covid-19 Taskforce at Theater Basel constantly updates our protection plan to be in line with government guidance.
Despite our best efforts, the first cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed at Theater Basel after nearly two years of the pandemic: There are currently four confirmed Covid-19 cases among members of the ensemble. Fortunately, all those infected only have mild symptoms and began self-isolating immediately. Theater Basel is working in close cooperation with the Basel-Stadt Department of Health to keep the current situation under control as far as possible.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and ask for your understanding if performances have to be cancelled at short notice due to Covid-19 cases among members of the ensemble. We always make every effort to avoid having to cancel performances. That said, the safety and health of everyone involved – including the audience – have absolute priority.
The fact that Theater Basel has only now had its first few cases of Covid-19 confirmed shows just how good our protection plan actually is. We look forward to continuing to provide a safe place where you can sit back, relax and enjoy culture for a few hours.
This page keeps you up-to-date with coronavirus guidance and information. As at: 17. December 2021
Mandatory certificats, masks & social distancing
Visitors aged 16 and over must show their Covid-19 certificate and a valid ID card. Both will be checked upon entering the foyer (Grosse Bühne, Kleine Bühne, Schauspielhaus). Per 20. December 2021, the ‹2G› rules apply for visits to Theater Basel. This means that certificates with the status ‹vaccinated› or ‹recovered› will be accepted to enter our premises. Please make sure your certificate is valid in Switzerland and that it includes a QR code. Be aware that not all international certificates are accepted by the Swiss Covid Check App.
Visitors to Theater Basel must wear a mask in all our premises at all times; this also applies to Children over 6. Children under the age of 6 are exempt from certificate and mask requirements. Please note that we cannot grant exceptions for visitors with a medical note. Food and drink may only be consumed whilst seated at a table at our theatre café. Whenever possible, continue to keep a safe distance to other guests.
All performers are tested regularly unless they have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19. Except for the performers on stage, all employees of Theater Basel are required to wear a face mask at all times.
Information on Covid-19 certificates can be found on the website of the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG). More
Ticketing & registration
Until further notice, we will continue to sell tickets for the following month only, either online, by phone, via email, or directly at the ticket office. A Covid-19 certificate is not needed when purchasing tickets. You must, however, wear a face mask at the ticket office. As of September 13, proof of certification will be requested one hour before the start of the performance.
Seating capacity and access
As of 20. December 2021, entrance is only possible with a Covid-19 certificate with the status ‹vaccinated› or ‹recovered›. Please have your certificate and ID card ready so as not to cause delays. Your entrance tickets will be scanned contactless at the auditorium doors.
The number of seats in our three venues will remain reduced (2/3 capacity). This will allow you to continue to keep a safe distance to other guests inside the auditorium. In view of the current situation and the still high number of cases recorded, this currently seems to be a sensible measure. We want visitors to Theater Basel to feel safe. We will continue to increase the number of available seats – if the situation allows.
Please note that there may also be occasional checks during the intervals.
Hygiene & ventilation
Our theatre and our three venues are cleaned at regular intervals: We 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.
We will gladly look after your items in the cloakroom. However, you can also store these items in the lockers in the basement of the Schauspielhaus (CHF 2 deposit). Large items can also be left at the cloakroom facility. Please keep a safe distance.
Nationwide Covid-19 catering regulations apply to all catering services at Theater Basel: As of 20. December 2021, Covid-19 a certificate with the status ‹vaccinated› or ‹recovered› is required and visitors must wear a face mask. Food and drinks may only be consumed whilst seated at a table. Your certificate will be checked at your table. All employees are required to wear a face mask at all times.
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.
In the Alte Billettkasse, you can enjoy art projects, installations and exhibitions that integrate theatre, social action and visual arts.
A Covid-19 certificate will also be required here as of 13 September 2021. Please note that the Alte Billettkasse can now only be accessed via the Foyer Public.
Which certificates are available and which certificates/tests are accepted?
Covid-19 certificates (fully vaccinated or recovered) OR a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before entering the theatre (tested) OR an antigen test taken no more than 24 hours before entering the theatre (tested).
Certificates alone are insufficient. Your certificate/test will only be accepted in combination with a valid ID card.
Do I have to have a test done to purchase tickets at the ticket office?
No. However, we kindly ask you to wear a face mask when visiting the ticket office. Please note that Covid-19 certificates are required at the box office.
Can I take a quick test for Covid-19 at Theater Basel?
No, Theater Basel does not have a rapid testing station.
An overview of testing stations in Basel-Stadt can be found here.
Are Covid-19 certificates required for the Foyer Public and the Alte Billettkasse?
Yes. Please note that access to the Alte Billettkasse is now only possible via the Foyer Public. Guests who want to work and relax in the Foyer Public must provide a Covid-19 certificate and a valid ID card. Our staff will ask you to show your certificate and ID. Anyone passing through the foyer or staying for just a few minutes does not need to provide a certificate, but is requested to wear a face mask at all times.
Are introductory events currently taking place?
Yes, we offer an introduction in the foyer 30 minutes before the start of the performance. You can also take a listen to our introductory podcasts.
The available episodes can be found in our Media Centre.
I received a positive test result on the day of the performance – what happens to my ticket?
Please contact the ticket office. The price of the ticket will be transferred back to your theatre customer account and can be used to purchase tickets again in the future.
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.
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
Our new seating plans.
So sitzt man heute.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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!