The Schauspielhaus Zürich is the largest stage for spoken theatre in Switzerland, and one of the most prestigious theatres in the German-speaking world. It operates two big houses in different parts of the city: the Pfauen in Zurich-Hottingen with a long theatre tradition, and the Schiffbau in Zurich-West inaugurated in 2000. Every season sees the staging of around twenty new productions; repertory pieces are shown almost daily at the Pfauen hosting up to 750 patrons. The Schiffbau's main auditorium with its capacity between 400 and 600 seats depending on the seating systems, is complemented by the so-called Box with 200 seats for performance series and smaller projects. Added to this are productions at the Kammer in the basement of the Pfauen (seats 70), the productions of Junges Schauspielhaus in the Matchbox at the Schiffbau (seats 70), as well as revivals, guest productions, special and external-organised events and shows. The Schauspielhaus gives almost 600 performances a year with a daily seating capacity of 1,500 in total.



The Schauspielhaus Zürich is a member of the European theatre network mitos21 aiming to encourage trans-national collaboration, artistic exchange and extraordinary projects, as well as introduce new forms of theatre and performance to their audiences.

Website mitos21

Further members:
La Colline – théâtre national, Paris
Deutsches Theater Berlin
Kungliga Dramatiska Teatern, Stockholm
Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus
Katona József Színház, Budapest
Det Kongelige Teater, Kopenhagen
Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen, Hannover
Narodowy Stary Teatr, Krakau
National Theatre, London
Schauspiel Frankfurt
Teatre Lliure, Barcelona
Toneelgroep Amsterdam
Universität Mozarteum, Salzburg
Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne

  • Stadt Zurich
  • Swiss Re
  • Zürcher Kantonalbank
  • Migros