Schiffbau is the younger, infinitely cooler sister of Schauspielhaus, one of Zurich’s main theatres. For a start, the building looks amazing, the former industrial warehouse is well maintained and has been subtly enhanced with modern features.
The plays shown at Schiffbau tend to be less well-known than at Schauspielhaus, and it is also where productions by Junges Schauspielhaus, the young ensemble, and a monthly poetry slam session are staged. You can buy tickets online and print them out yourself. Every Monday is theatre day, which means tickets are cheaper than usual (between CHF 10 and 30, to be exact).
Schiffbau offers more than drama in a stunning location: on site there’s also La Salle, a somewhat poncy restaurant with a more down-to-earth bar next door as well as Moods, a jazz club putting on gigs from across the spectrum of jazz, blues, world music and hip hop. Also part of the Schiffbau building is Nietturm, a bar in a glass-fronted tower overlooking the surrounding area.
Whether you’re into theatre or not, Schiffbau has got something to offer. In fact, the building is worth a visit in its own right.