Zermatt's first open-air theatre

Already in planning: A theatrical performance with a high musical content about the first ascent of the Matterhorn.


Performances will be staged in the open-air theatre for the first time, on the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn. Spectators will experience what happened during the first ascent. A story of triumph, betrayal and death. The theatrical piece, which has a high level of musical content, will be performed in English and German on the Gornergrat in July and August 2015. 

The writer and director of the play is Livia Anne Richard from Bern. She has directed such open-air plays as “Dällenbach Kari” (2006/2007) and “Einstein” (2010). She dedicates her production “The Matterhorn Story” to the mountain guides of Zermatt.

Performers from the village population

The Zermatter Freilichtspiele will focus on the first ascent of the mountain and is a theatrical performance with a high musical content that touches on the themes of success, “do or die”, intrigue and love. Professional actors and singers will perform alongside amateur actors and possibly also village clubs and local extras. In total there will be some 30-40 people on stage. During July and August of 2015 there will also be a need for helpers to work backstage and to help with the organising. The performances should attract some 50% of the visitors who are in Zermatt at that time. In addition, it is hoped that those who will come specifically for the festival will increase visitor numbers by a further 50%. To this end, there are packages linked to arrivals, theatre visits, dinner and accommodation. If the performances really do draw in the crowds, there could be some 15,000 additional overnight stays generating sums in the double-digit million range.

Date: 09 july (premiere) to 29 august 2015

Freilichtspiele Zermatt GmbH
Vispastrasse 16
CH – 3920 Zermatt
Mail: kontakt@freilichtspiele-zermatt.ch
Tel.: +41 27 527 01 50

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