Zermatt Open-Air Theater: the Matterhorn, Centre Stage


This has not been seen before – open-air theatre in Zermatt with a view of the Matterhorn at 2,600 m. Advanced tickets for The Matterhorn Story are available from Tuesday, 10 March. The performances run from 9 July to 29 August 2015 on the stage at Gornergrat. Now is the time to reserve tickets.

To mark the anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn 150 years ago, a grand performance arena is in Gornergrat above Zermatt during the summer of 2015. “I dedicate my work to the Zermatt mountain guides. The helped wealthy guests during the first ascent and brought world fame to Edward Whymper, while they themselves have been forgotten,” sais Livia Anne Richard, director and author of The Matterhorn Story. The premiere of the first performance is on Thursday, 9 July 2015. (Information below.)

A Story of Conquest, Betrayal and Death

Until 1865, the Matterhorn was considered invincible. The mountain gives off a mystical aura and at that time aroused superstition within the village population. On 12 July 1865, an Englishman named Edward Whymper came to Zermatt to joint a rope party. Whymper was only able to win the support of the local climbers Father and Son Taugwalder. The first ascent was in fact a success – but on the day after only three of the seven men returned. What happened? A trial followed...

International Language

Livia Anne Richard (author of Dällebach Kari, Einstein, Paradise) staged the play. “Naturally, the international language of music will play a major role,” said Richard. This was composed by Bruno Bieri, who accompanies the play live with the natural-tone instrument, a HANG.

Languages spoken in the play: Valais German, German, English (written scene description available in French, Portuguese, Japanese and Korean).


Performances 9 July to 29 August 2015
Number of seats around 700
Actors over 40
Schedule Wednesday to Saturday,
7:30 pm, Sunday, 2 pm
Tickets Book tickets from CHF 99.-


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