State Theater Swabia

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The Schwaben State Theater is an ensemble based in Memmingen, Upper Swabia . The main venue for the ensemble is the Memmingen City Theater . The director of the ensemble has been Kathrin Mädler since 2016 . As a state theater , the State Theater Swabia is supported by a special purpose association , which consists of an association of 21 cities, municipalities and districts. Thus, the ensemble not only plays at the headquarters in Memmingen, but also fulfills its cultural mandate beyond that. With its guest performances, the State Theater Swabia is not only on the road in Bavaria , but also, for example, in Baden-Württemberg , Hesse , but also in Austria and Switzerland .



The headquarters of the LTS at Memminger Theaterplatz

According to the records of the city chronicle, theater was already being played in the free imperial city in the Middle Ages. The forerunner of today's Landestheater Schwaben was the Kraft'sche Companie , established after 1900 , which rehearsed a few pieces in Memmingen.

After the First World War , the city became a permanent stage location for the Bavarian State Theater in Munich . From 1937 the stage became independent and called itself Bayerische Landesbühne Sitz Memmingen . After the Second World War, the Memminger Ensemble was one of the first theaters in West Germany to be able to resume theater operations in 1945.


Today, a total of seventeen new productions are offered per season, seven of which are played in the big house and five in the studio. In addition, performances are shown on the stage in the foyer and at other locations within the theater. The State Theater Swabia also cooperates with other institutions and plays there on site, such as the play NippleJesus in the MEWO art gallery. The program ranges from the classics to contemporary literature. World premieres and German-language premieres also take place at the Landestheater. The theater is also known for its musical theater productions, which the pure acting ensemble skillfully brings to the stage.

As part of the annual Bavarian Theater Days , the State Theater has won several awards. The theater was awarded an overall prize for the conceptual idea and artistic implementation of the productions Hekuba, Vermummte and the Memmingen Talks. In addition, the Bavarian Theater Days take place at the Landestheater in Memmingen, most recently in 2006.

Theater building (left) and foyer (right)

World premieres at the LTS

Artistic directors since 1945

Well-known ensemble members




The large house is located in the historic building of the Memmingen City Theater and has around 400 seats. Since the theater extension, which was completed in 2010, the house also has a studio stage. This can be variably seated with up to 99 seats. There is also a stage with around 60 seats in the theater foyer.

In addition to modern theaters, town halls and cultural centers, the State Theater also regularly plays in historical theaters (including in Kaufbeuren and Kempten ) as part of its side activities .


  • Butz Ulrich Buse, Marcus Morlinhaus: Stay a while , you are so beautiful. State Theater Swabia - A Review . Allgäuer Zeitungsverlag, Kempten 2010.

Web links

Commons : Landestheater Schwaben  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ History of the theater on the official homepage
  2. Klaus-Peter Mayr: Why did Ernst Lossa have to die? In: Allgäuer Zeitung, March 19, 2018.