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.