Der Besuch der alten Dame
Thu 11.11 8.00 p.m.

Der Besuch der alten Dame

Theater Kanton Zürich

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CHF 60.– / 50.– / 40.–
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Duration: ca. 130 min
Language: German


classic | theatrical | tense

Back in her youth, Klara Wäscher fell pregnant to her lover Alfred Ill and was banished from her home village of Güllen. She later returns as billionaire Claire Zachanassian, with the village having fallen on hard times. The hope is that Claire will make a generous donation, and the local municipality soon begins bowing and scraping. Claire does not beat about the bush and promises to give the village a billion in return for the death of Ill. The villagers are originally angered by this indecent proposal, but the idea of the money soon begins to corrupt them, and the noose around Alfred’s neck draws ever tighter. «The Visit» is not just a classic in the canon of Swiss literature – the play launched the career of Friedrich Dürrenmatt onto the international stage. It has since been performed around the world and in Swiss director’s Elias Perrig’s hands, it has lost not of its currency. Again and again, this parable of justice and the power of money rings true.

Introduction at 07:15 p.m. with Ann-Marie Arioli

A production of Theater Kanton Zürich

Director Elias Perrig
Stage Beate Fassnacht 
Costume Charlotte Willi 
Music Biber Gullatz 

Claire Zachanassian Katharina von Bock
Alfred Ill Pit Arne Pietz
Mathilde Ill Miriam Wagner
Bürgermeister Daniel Hajdu
Lehrer Manuel Herwig
Pfarrer Stefan Lahr
Ehemänner 7–9, Journalist, Richter Michael von Burg
Polizist Julian Boine

Read Theater Kanton Zürich's program booklet for Der Besuch der alten Dame (pdf) online.

On this day we offer you in the restaurant Theater Casino Zug a menu matching the performance:


3-course menu
Beetroot soup with crème fraîche foam and smoked salmon strips as starter, 
sliced veal  with Cognac sauce, truffled mashed potatoes and vegetables as main course,
Biscuit roll filled with apples grandmother's style as dessert for CHF 69.


The culinary special does not need to be booked in advance. Please reserve a table at or +41 41 729 10 40. 

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