Schauspielhaus Zürich

The Schauspielhaus Zurich is Switzerland’s largest theatre and one of the most influential in the German-speaking world.

Swiss Re has been supporting the Schauspielhaus over 20 years.

Schauspielhaus Zürich (The Zurich Playhouse), with five stages and some 150,000 visitors annually, is a lively and artistically-acclaimed cultural hub of Zurich and one of the most important cultural institutions in Switzerland. Our international relevance is affirmed by regular guest performances across Europe, repeated invitations to renowned theatrical gatherings and playwright days, and international media recognition. With 288 employees in 80 roles and a company of around 30 professional actors, Schauspielhaus Zürich has been directed by Barbara Frey since 2009.

Barbara Frey is the 15th director since the founding of Schauspielhaus Zürich AG in 1938.
She is the first woman to hold the position. When she accepted the role, she named “balance and diversity” as the cardinal criteria for her direction of “both young and established directors, fine classics working as ensemble pieces, contemporary works in progress, and commissioned productions.” Schauspielhaus Zürich has since offered a diverse and colourful theatrical panorama.

In the season 2015/2016, we are sponsoring the play "Ein Volksfeind" (An Enemy of the People) by Henrik Ibsen, directed by Stefan Pucher.

"Ein Volksfeind" (An Enemy of the People)

by Henrik Ibsen

Dr. Tomas Stockmann, a resident of a small town with an extremely progressive local authority, makes an outrageous discovery: the water table is contaminated. This has been caused by an energy company with whom dubious contracts have been signed. The consequences of the deal now threaten to destroy the reputation of the town. Stockman is held up as a "friend of the people" for discovering the scandal. And in the quest for truth, he will join battle with the energy giant. But this honour is bestowed prematurely. After the initial euphoria, the positive watchwords "transparency", "democracy" and "digital participation", displayed proudly on the local authority's flag, begin to wane in significance, and Stockmann finds himself immersed in the corruption of small-town lobbyists.

In his interpretation of Henrik Ibsen's ecological satire, the dramatist, journalist and science-fiction author Dietmar Dath reveals that our smart digital worlds are no more than a pseudo-democratic illusion in a modern, capitalist-driven society.

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