The foyer of Theater Basel is a public urban space! 

Anyone who wants to is welcome to sit together, play, read, chill, dance, work or simply be there. The space can be used for a wide variety of activities, is free of consumption and open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00. 

There is a public library, three different dance floors, various workstations with power sockets and free Wi-Fi – check it out!

  • Foyer Public: Tues – Sun 11 am – 6 pm
  • Theatre café: Tues – Sat 9 am – 9 pm, Sun 11 am – 9 pm

Whatever you intend to do, it applies:

  • Be considerate of other users
  • Do not ask for money for you offer
  • Leave the room as you found it

You may onsume your own food and drink in the Foyer Public at any time. Only alcoholic beverages can be purchased at the theatre café.

Please contact our AskMe staff with further ideas and questions.

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. 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›? 

In this season, the ‹Alte Billettkasse› becomes a  collaborative space for theatric and performative experiments by the Basler Compagnie. More

Are food and refreshments available in the Foyer Public?

Yes, our theatre café with access to the square at Elisabethenkirche offers drinks and snacks.

Am I allowed to consume food and drink that I have brought myself?

You can consume your own food and drink in the Foyer Public at any time. Only alcoholic beverages are available at the theatre café.

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 from 15:00 to 16:00.

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?

Yes, if you are flexible about the location, you are welcome to meet here regularly.

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

In Spring 2023, Foyer Public an the Ballet of Theater Basel will join forces for our format Danse Public.


Our theatre café at the top of the Theater Basel foyer, just behind Elisabethenkirche, awaits you. All information about opening hours can be found on the Theatre Café page.



  • Anja Adam, Patrick Oes (Co-direction Foyer Public)
  • Belinda Schweizer (Project management)
  • Benedikt Wyss (Curator)
  • Franziska Richardsen, Marielle Ullrich (Internship)


If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact our AskMe staff on site or use the following contact information.

+41 (0)61 295 14 80

With support from:

  • GGG Benevol
  • GGG Stadtbibliothek Basel
  • BAK Bundesamt für Kultur
  • Schöpflin Stiftung und Werkraum Schöpflin