3, rte des Batailleux
1218 Le Grand-Saconnex
022 710 90 90
Large concert hall for big name performers (pop to opera), comedians, and dance/ice skating performances.
Comedie de Ferney
0033/450 28 09 16
www.compagniethalie.orgTickets are managed by the Tourist Office.
Esplanade du Lac
181, av. de la Plage
0033/450 99 17 73
Plays, theater, concerts, shows, and exhibitions are shown here. Please sign-up for their newsletter or check website.
Geneva English Drama Society - GEDS
Held at various theaters
Case postale 83
1217 Meyrin 1
GEDS is an active drama society which welcomes English-speaking people from all over the world. Activities are in English, but many members are not of English mother-tongue.
In a typical season, GEDS puts on three mainstage productions and about 20 playreadings (one every other week). Working together on a production can be a very rewarding way to make friends, learn new skills, and have fun. GEDS members have diverse interests and talents. Some members have no experience at all when they join but are keen to learn - and members are keen to teach.
Geneva Amateur Operatic Society - GAOS
Held at various theaters
Case postale 142
1211 Geneva 19
GAOS depends entirely on the unpaid spare time of its members to create the magic of musical theater. Participants direct, act, play musical instruments, or sing and dance on stage, while others take responsibility for all the technical areas of theater, such as lighting, costumes, make-up, set design and construction, props, sound effects, and sound amplification. From time to time, they organize workshops on specific aspects of theater. Three or four shows a year including pantomime, musicals, operettas, and music hall. A youth group puts on a show during the summer vacation. A large choral group offers a number of concerts of more serious music throughout the year. While GAOS is mostly English-speaking, it does welcome a large number of nationalities.
2bis, rue St-Léger
022 310 05 45
New orchestral ensemble in Geneva offering a creative program for adults and families. Series of 3 Family Concerts (from 0+) from November to March where even the youngest of children are welcome with opened arms and the program is customized to the level of all children. Very inspiring and fun series to experience with your children and learn about classical music yourself. Presentation in French. Price: Fr. 20.-/adult, free for under 16s. note: Several concert halls in Geneva are used. Please consult program for exact location.
5, Place Neuve
Due to refurbishment works on the building until 2018, the theater has moved to a temporary, but impressive, building near the Place des Nations. See Opéra des Nations below.
Grütli Arts Centre
16, rue du Général-Dufour
022 888 44 88 reservations
022 888 44 84 office
Contains a theater, library, two cinemas, photography center, dance studio, bar, and other studios.
Opéra des Nations
40, av. de France
022 322 50 00 central
022 322 50 50 tickets
Opera and dance performances. There are discount cards available for multiple shows during the year. Check website.
Ferme Auberge Du Pré Velard et Bergerie De Baizenas
500, ch. Baizenas
Christian and Carmela Rouph
0033/450 41 26 55
0033/450 20 30 40
Not only a restaurant, but sometimes a theater as well (in French). Panoramic windows with a view of the mountains, the sheep, and the fields. NOTE: Great experience when they are shearing the sheep or just after the lambs are born. Closed July through September.
BERGERIE: Sells farm products and products made from ewe’s milk. Open 9h-12h and 14h-18h. Closed Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday, and Sundays.
AUBERGE: Monthly Sunday lunch and afternoon show. Open Friday and Saturday 19h with show at 21h30. Make sure you make a reservation.
Check website for event details.
5, rue du Temple
022 908 20 00
Theater hosting French-language shows, dance, theater, music, expositions.
The International Comedy Club
A Swiss company that presents English-speaking stand-up comedy in and around Switzerland on a fortnightly to monthly basis. The comics come from across the English-speaking world (USA, Canada, Australia, Ireland, and the UK); many make regular TV appearances particularly on British television and are household names. A fantastic opportunity to laugh at the very best.
Theatre de Beausobre
Secrétariat et administration
Av. de Vertou 2
021 804 15 65
021 804 97 16 reservations
French-language shows, operas, and some suitable for younger audiences. NOTE: Diabolo Festival in June provides great entertainment for the family.
Theatre du Bordeau
18, rue de Geneve
0033/450 42 29 37
Théatre de Carouge
39, rue Ancienne
022 343 43 43
Although most of its performances are produced in French, the theater is keen to appeal to the wider English-speaking community as well. With this in mind, they now offer 2 or 3 plays each year, at which they feature English surtitles, captions projected on a screen above the stage.
Theatre de Chatelard
23-29, rue de Meyrin
0033/450 28 09 16
022 793 54 45
Theater, comedy, musicals, suspense... they present it all. French-speaking. Held around Geneva.
Theatre Les 50
31bis, impasse Aux Rues
0033/450 56 37 77
An international theater for the Lake Geneva area representing plays in their original languages.
Ch. des Sapins 14
021 808 61 82
079 667 48 32
A charming and hilarious traveling solo puppeteer who creates and performs different shows in various locations throughout French-speaking Switzerland.
12, rue du Mont Blanc
0033/450 20 12 32
Presents small, innovative productions simply staged in interesting venues.
Upstage: Berne’s English Language Theatre Group
Theater am Käfigturm
Spitalgasse 4, 3rd lower level
031 311 61 00 theater*
Since 1982, English-speaking amateur drama group. Performances twice a year. *Call Tuesday to Saturday 18h-19h30 only.
14, rue Général-Dufour
022 418 35 00
Built between 1891 and 1894 as a tribute to the Queen of England, Victoria Hall is renowned throughout the whole world for the acoustic qualities of its concert auditorium. Owned by the City of Geneva, it was beautifully renovated in 2006 in order to increase the comfort of both spectators and musicians.
Village Players English - Speaking Theatre Group of Lausanne
Informal group who have been entertaining themselves and others in the Lausanne area with amateur theater, music, song and dance for over 25 years.
In addition to the public productions the group puts on each year, members have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of monthly events including playreadings, poetry recitals, musical evenings and social events.