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Peter Schweiger receives national theatre honour

Since 1993, Peter Schweiger has been the co-director of St Gallen's theatre (file picture: Keystone)

The Swiss Theatre Society has awarded the prestigious Hans-Reinhart prize to Peter Schweiger for his contribution to German-language theatre in Switzerland.

Born in Vienna in 1939, Schweiger arrived on the Swiss theatre scene in 1965, and currently co-directs St Gallen's theatre.

He was awarded the Hans-Reinhart Ring in recognition of his contribution as an actor, director and producer. Over the past 35 years, Schweiger has been active in many different capacities in Swiss theatre.

The 61-year-old started his Swiss theatrical career as an actor and producer for the company "Snom & Zasch".

Schweiger taught at various institutions, including the college for design in Zurich (Hochschule für Gestaltung). His varied career has also taken him into Swiss television where, for the last two decades, Schweiger has worked as a producer and scriptwriter.

Opera is also familiar territory to Schweiger. He is currently working on a production of "Ubu cocu" by the composer, Gérard Zinsstag, which will open on April 28.

The Hans-Reinhart award was created in 1957, and is awarded annually to a person who has marked Swiss theatre.

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