Theaterhaus Gessnerallee

About us

It’s buzzing in the heart of Zurich, in the once blind spot between luxury temples to consumerism and the banking eldorado of famous Bahnhofstrasse on one side, and the less famous but far more vital melting pot of Zurich’s Kreis 4 district on the other side. This is where the Theaterhaus Gessnerallee is situated. Today the protected historic monument of the riding arena, along with the stables, is not only the proud – and especially beautiful – symbol of a professional, popular and keen to experiment independent theatre scene which stands up to the bourgeois glossy high culture. It is also a symbol of the cosmopolitan, contemporary and self-confident appreciation of art by the City of Zurich and its citizens.
As the centre of independent theatre and dance production in Switzerland, the Gessnerallee is a place of creation and a venue for premieres for the interesting national artists and companies. For many of them it is a starting point for touring abroad. Moreover, festivals and thematic cycles show guest performances from all over the world and assure the presence of the latest developments of international theatre and dance creation in Zurich. In a network of cooperating venues and partners the Gessnerallee enables encounters, promotes artistic exchange, supports research and innovation. This is how it ensures that the exceptional characteristics of the successful Swiss dance and theatre art can continue to be developed and noticed in the existing and constantly changing supraregional context.
Next to our almost daily stage programme the comfortable and well-frequented restaurant „Reithalle“ with its wonderful garden attracts the Zurich clientele thanks to its culinary and atmospheric advantages. Finally, «Stall6» is not only our theatre lobby. As a bar it is open every day, independently from stage performances. With its regular club events, parties and concerts the Gessnerallee not only reaches the well informed cultural audience, but larger circles of the youth scene. Here one can experience at first hand the dynamics of cultural change and the lasting effects of consequently reducing fears of contact between high culture and the independent scene, between middle-class intellectuals (in the best sense of the word!) and people coming here simply out of curiosity for contemporary cultural life.