The Vidy theater is the main place to watch contemporary acts in Lausanne, with two inside halls and one an exterior space, a bar and a bookstore dedicated to theater. The different stages give space for different styles of performances like contemporary and classical theater, concerts, circuses and puppet shows. Numerous acts by both Swiss and foreign theater companies make their debut at Vidy, before touring the world. There are sometimes performances in foreign languages (mainly German) also.
This large theater is a major center, well-equipped for conferences and exhibitions in Lausanne. The program is varied: regular recitals, musicals, ballet and opera are usually hosted here. Theater productions are also staged, often featuring world-renowned shows on tour. Visit Théâtre de Beaulieu to get your dose of enchanting performances.
Throughout its history, Nyon Castle has been used for many purposes. Originally an administrative building in the House of Savoy, it has since been a courthouse, prison, and now a beautiful museum that offers visitors a little bit of everything from history to portraiture to a permanent exhibition of fine Swiss porcelain that was created in the municipality of Nyon between 1781 and 1813. Completely restored as of 2006, visitors can view the entire building floor-by-floor, beginning in the basement then working their way up, passing old prison cells, as well as wonderful art and architecture along the way.
Playing in a 1000-seat theatre à l'italienne, the opera season includes ballet performances, conferences, chamber music, recitals and of course, five or six actual operas. It attracts almost 40,000 people per year. Prices vary depending on what you see and where you see it.
This cultural center is situated in the church of the same name in Lausanne. Espace Culturel des Terreaux offers a wide range of activities including art exhibitions, concerts, theatrical productions for adults as well as children, and debates. Its patron church was established in 1890.
Enter Le Romandie for an unusual yet exciting night out . This dark venue is reserved for all those for whom rock is a religion. Featuring artists from all over Europe, Romandie is a place where both established and upcoming talents take the stage. Le Romandie is also a hub for underground cinema as their associated Kinoplex regularly features films of this less popular genre.
In this small little theater of 150 seats, humor is definitely the main draw. Performances by the resident company alternate with shows by invited guests, both Swiss and foreign. The bar and room's quaint atmosphere make it a particularly charming place. Given the theater's great popularity, and the very good quality of the performances, it is strongly advised to book a place in advance.
Heralded as amongst the finest performing arts facility in Lausanne, Salle Métropole is a popular venue for concerts and other cultural extravaganzas. Housed in a listed monument, it combines the splendor of a historical venue with modern amenities and watching a live performance here as an audience member is nothing short of spectacular. The headliners include some of the most renowned national and international artists across the world and can hold up to 2800 persons at once. This state of the art structure is also used as a venue for a plethora of events, including weddings, conferences, award ceremonies, and lectures and is perfectly suited for a large audience.