The Giver

Eric Coble’s stage adaption of Lois Lowry’s Newbery award-winning book. 


Friday, November 25, 19:30
Saturday, November 26, 19:30
Sunday, November 27, 17:00

Thursday, December 1, 19:30
Friday, December 2, 19:30
Saturday, December 3, 17:00

Theater am Käfigturm
Spitalgasse 4, 3011 Bern


In the futuristic society of “The Giver” all pain, fear or hatred have been eliminated, but there is no joy either. In this strictly regulated community, choice has also been eliminated: on turning twelve a young person is assigned a job according to their interests and abilities. When Jonas turns twelve, he is assigned the special role of Receiver of Memory. In this role he works with the Giver to receive and store memories of the world as it used to exist – memories of violence and fear, but also of joy and love. Together, Jonas and the Giver come up with a plan that will change their world forever.



Tickets are available through Eventfrog (online), or via Theater am Käfigturm (phone or box office).

Upstage offers discounts to students, pensioners and Upstage members.

Normal price: 35.00 CHF
AHV / IV and Upstage members: 27.00 CHF
Students / Apprentices: 25.00 CHF
Group of 10 or more: 30.00 CHF
Group of 10 or more (AHV / IV and Upstage members): 22.00 CHF
Group of 10 or more (Students / Apprentices): 20.00 CHF

Box Office
Theater am Käfigturm
Spitalgasse 4, 2. UG, 3011 Bern
031 311 61 00

About the play

The show is approximately 2 hours long including a 20-minute intermission.
Act 1 (approx. 35 mins)
Act 2 (approx. 60 mins)

This performance contains video/audio of warfare that may be disturbing to some of our audience. In the play, Jonas also tackles with the transmission of painful memories like starvation and physical pain. You are always allowed to leave if there are elements in the performance that upset you. We hope to create a safe space where everyone feels welcome.

The video and/or audio recording of this performance by any means whatsoever is strictly prohibited.


The GiverMarc Kempe
JonasJeremy Wright
MotherAlice Cole
FatherDivine Harrison
AsherMartin Ritzmann
FionaJennifer Solenthaler
LilyThais Cristine
The Chief ElderJillian Hattersley
Community MemberBrigitte Gong
Community MemberAnina Hug


DirectorsAnke Breihan, Sebastian Coleman
Production ManagersAnke Breihan, Sebastian Coleman
Stage managerKaterina Balamoti, Eliane Baumann
CostumesMyriam Schleiss
Lighting and soundGraham Goodwin
Set constructionKevin Lindsey
Props and set dressingSuzanne Seiler
Front of House ManagerKusum Sägesser
Set and costume designAnke Breihan, Sebastian Coleman
PublicityAnke Breihan, Sebastian Coleman
Poster and flyerSebastian Coleman
Social Media promotionSebastian Coleman