You Should Know All About the History of Court Theater


In last year, Prince Anton Aloys from Sigmaringen bought the outbuilding of the local Baren restaurant for the royal house. Even back then, it hired acting troops for theater and opera performances and made the house of the Museum Society, an association of the Sigmaringen upper class, available.

Around 50 years later, the house was rebuilt in the neoclassical style and from then on used as a pure theater house. From this time, the Princely House “princely Hohenzollern theater directors” directed the theater, which was continuously used until the outbreak of the First World War and at times had an ensemble of up to 41 people including an orchestra.

The house was also used as a cinema. After the end of the Second World War, the Sigmaringer Theater came to a brief heyday under the direction of Robert Marencke. The first post-war season opened on November 27, under the name “Hohenzollerisches Landestheater” with the play Die Mituldigen by Johann Wolfgang Goethe. Among the actors were Toni Berger and Gustl Bayrhammer, who were still rather unknown at the time.

The then-famous actor Theodor Loos, who had previously appeared in famous cinema classics such as Die Nibelungen, Metropolis and M., made a guest appearance for a theater season in the early year. After guest performances from the western Alb to all of Upper Swabia were performed by the ensemble in the post-war years, the Tübingen Theater, today’s LTT, increasingly took on this function.

In the early years, theater operations were essentially discontinued. In 1954 the house was rebuilt in the style of the under the direction of the Princely Architect Werner Roth. Since then, the building has been divided into two uses. The Princely Flower Shop, which has housed the Theatercafé since the last years, opened on the ground floor.

The foyer of the court theater was given a gondola-shaped ticket office and a wall relief by Franz Xaver Marmon based on sketches by the artist Günther Dietrich and was used from then on as a cinema with changing tenants. At the end of the 20th century, the court theater also lost importance as a cinema and had to contend with the competition from larger and better equipped cinemas in neighboring cities. The closure followed in last years.

There were still a few cultural and cabaret events taking place, but it weren’t until that the Hoftheater was given new life when Martin Robben leased the house to expand it into a cabaret center. The official reopening took place on April 12.

In the “Sigmaringer Kulturherbst”, a series of events with cabaret, cinema screenings and readings by authors, was launched by four Sigmaringers, in the framework of which well-known authors such as Hartmut Lange, Thommie Bayer, Katharina Born, Alex Capus, Christof Hamann, Peter Weber, Klaus Merz , Katrin Seglitz, Necla Kelek, Michal Hvorecký, Max Goldt, Jan Weiler, Max Goldt, Péter Esterházy, Martin Walser, Günter Schneidewind or Rolf Hochhuth performed in the court theater.

In the Sigmaringer Kulturherbst took place for the last time in the Hoftheater, as a fire protection report commissioned by the Fuerstenhaus prohibited further operation for safety reasons. Investments of over 50,000 euros are required for the necessary measures, according to the financial officer of the princely group of companies.

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