William Tell Open-Air Theatre in Interlaken

22 June – 7 September 2024

Experience the production of Friedrich Schiller’s play

Travel back into a piece of Swiss history and experience the excitement of this authentic production. Witness William Tell’s legendary shot at an apple on the open-air stage in Interlaken. The unique folklore drama has fascinated young and old for generations.

The William Tell Open-Air Theatre Interlaken at a glance

  • Date: 22 June – 7 September 2024

  • Location: William Tell Open-Air Theatre in Matten near Interlaken

  • Food/Drink: There are various take away stations at the Tellplatz, as well as a professionally served restaurant and a self-service restaurant offering traditional dishes.

Friedrich Schiller’s “William Tell” – a tradition for over a century

In 1912, Schiller’s “William Tell” was performed as an open-air play for the first time in Matten near Interlaken. Thus began the success story – now over a century old – of a Swiss cultural jewel in the Bernese Oberland. No other work in literary history has had such a lasting impact on Swiss folk culture and no theatre stage presents Swiss history as closely and authentically as the William Tell Open-Air Theatre in Interlaken. With the new production "#Tell Mut Macht Mythos" (#Tell courage power myth) by Tiziana Sarro and Klemens Brysch, the story of William Tell's apple shot, the oath at the Rütli and the Hohle Gasse get a fresh retelling. The supporting story to Schiller’s drama features a class of schoolchildren, the inclusion of whom links present-day issues to the heart of the drama. It brings a generous helping of fun to the play but also a reflective solemnity.

A gripping production on the impressive open-air stage

The William Tell Open-Air Theatre is the largest open-air theatre in Switzerland. More than 140 actors – from the leading actor to the folk actor – are amateurs and make up the large William Tell Open-Air Theatre ‘family’. Horses, cows and goats help transform the magnificent natural stage at the “Rugenwald zu Matten” (Rugen forest in Matten) into an exciting and spectacular scene. At every performance, for example, a farmer leads his decorated cows to the theatre for the famous cattle drive. The herd of goats completes the picture. The cavalry – up to 18 horses are in action – adds an exhilarating dynamic to the expansive natural stage, further enriching the performance. At the core of the production is an authentic drama, which leaves a lasting impression. Schiller’s original script has been retained as much as possible. The performance takes a critical look at our modern society and aims to weave both audience and performers together. Thanks to the covered grandstand with around 1700 seats, the audience can experience the play up close in any weather.

Four reasons why you should attend the William Tell Open-Air Theatre

  • Authentic atmosphere thanks to the natural stage

  • Covered grandstand

  • Family-friendly all-round experience

  • Production with a local amateur cast

Personal tip

“The performance in dialect and with a local amateur cast makes the production in this unique natural setting extremely personal and authentic.”

Your accommodation in Interlaken – travel back into a piece of Swiss history

Turn your visit to the William Tell Open-Air Theatre into an extra-special experience and book your overnight stay in Interlaken here.

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