William Tell Open-Air Theatre in Interlaken

June – September 2022

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 2022 at a glance

  • Date: June – September 2022

  • 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" – Tradition going back more than 100 years

Gesslers Hut wird vor Dorfbewohnern aufgestellt an den Tellspielen in Matten bei Interlaken

From 1912 to 2015 Friedrich Schiller's drama of the freedom fighter William Tell was performed on the natural stage in Interlaken. No other work in literary history has had such a lasting impact on Swiss folk culture and no theatre stage presents Swiss history as vividly and authentically as the William Tell Open-Air Theatre in Interlaken. With Ueli Bichsel's production of "Tell – ein Stück Schweiz" ("Tell - A Piece of Switzerland") performed from 2016 to 2018 and Oliver Stein's current new production of "Tell, die Legend lebt!" ("Tell, the legend lives on!"), the William Tell Open-Air Theatre has broken new ground. As before, the story is based on the "William Tell" drama written by Friedrich Schiller. The new aspect is that the confederates recount their experiences in Swiss dialect - only in a few quotations will you hear Schiller's original German text. History and modernity come together on the open-air stage in an exciting theatrical drama.

A gripping production on the open-air stage

Schweizer Nationalheld Wilhelm Tell mit seinem Sohn und im Hintergrund Soldaten an den Tellspielen

The William Tell Open-Air Theatre is the largest open-air theatre in Switzerland. More than 130 amateur actors – from the leading actor to the extras – make up the large William Tell Open-Air Theatre "family". Year on year, horses, cows and goats help to make the open-air theatre a memorable experience for young and old. The spectacle takes place on the magnificent natural stage in ‘Rugenwald zu Matten’, which draws the audience directly into the action. Thanks to the covered grandstand with around 2000 seats, the performances can be held 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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