Come and join us for a celebration of a successful festival at our Champagne Reception on 7 July!


2 April – 2 July

We give you welcome with a powerless hand, But with a heart full of unstained love; Welcome before the gates of Zurich.

Mit machtloser Hand heissen wir euch willkommen, aber mit einem Herzen voll unverfälschter Liebe. Willkommen vor den Mauern von Zürich.

(based on/frei nach Shakespeare’s THE LIFE AND DEATH OF KING JOHN)

The Midsummer Night’s Ball has been cancelled. More information »



The Zurich Shakespeare Festival 2016 under the patronage of renowned Shakespeare actor Jeremy Irons is a celebration of the great playwright and poet William Shakespeare on the occasion of his 400th death anniversary on April 23, 2016.

The aim of the festival is to bring Shakespeare´s work, language, and magic to a broader audience encompassing all age groups and to raise awareness of the timelessness of this great poet among Swiss people. What makes our festival unique is that it is, first and foremost, organized by students who want to share their enthusiasm about theater, as well as Shakespeare.

New is mixed with old. Original with adaptation. German with English. Professionals with amateurs. Comedy with tragedy. Cleopatra with King Lear. Macbeth with Caliban. The Shakespeare Festival is undoubtedly a fascinating addition to the cultural landscape of Zurich.

Organized by students of the English Department of the University of Zurich, we would like to bring the Renaissance culture to Zurich by means of a vast variety of events over the course of three months. Given that we are all students who are merely Shakespeare enthusiasts, the ZSF 2016 is a non-profit festival which simply exists to entertain and to share our love for the great writer and poet William Shakespeare.

In addition, we are happy to be associated with the 125th anniversary of the English Department of the University of Zurich, which also offers exciting events beyond Shakespeare. You can have a look at a detailed anniversary program of the English Department under the following link: