What has been the response to the new Millers?
Extremely positive. Of course, there are some Millers fans who prefer the old set-up. I can understand that. This is a problem that all renovations face and I take these opinions seriously. But even though we have redesigned the hall and set out a new programme, we have also honoured a lot of the traditions that have always been part of this venue. This includes theatre sports, slams and evenings with classic cabaret artists. Or appearances from classic theatre stars, such as Katharina Thalbach, Nikolaus Habjan or Gottfried Breitfuss.
What’s new on the agenda?
The new direction for the theatre is raunchier, cheekier and more playful. For example, we are organising an all-female comedy festival, Female Trouble – Our Time Has Come, curated by Patti Basler. Of course, men are very welcome and encouraged to attend. We are moving more towards variety shows and burlesque, for example with the Salon Morpheus. We have our première of this with the co-production Mondsucht on 27 February. We also host regular drag evenings. Shows like those of Piet Baumgartner and Ágota Dimén together with Milky Diamond, Odette Hella Grand and Vicky Goldfinger as you have never seen them before. Our general ethos is that we love new ideas and tinkering with all kinds of formats. For example, we are also in discussion with the Zurich charity for the deaf and hearing-impaired, Sichtbar Gehörlose Zürich.