In Memmingen people go to the theatre – and there is a tradition surrounding this. In 1803 the people of Memmingen founded their own municipal theatre, which is now the Swabian Regional Theatre, in the former arsenal. The Swabian Regional Theatre offers a varied and rich-in-contrast programme with a repertoire that ranges from antiquity to the present day, from classics to rock operas.
During the development work carried out on the Elsbethen area, the town of Memmingen invested twelve million euros into upgrading the municipal theatre. Since its opening on 10.10.10, the Swabian Regional Theatre has had a new studio stage on the second floor, new rehearsal rooms, new workshops, new warehouse premises, new offices for administration, a theatre courtyard for open-air events and a new restaurant with an outdoor seating area in Elsbethenhof.
On account of the immense commitment shown and its contagious innovative spirit, the Swabian Regional Theatre has earned itself a reputation that extends far beyond the region.
Since the end of the 1970s, cabaret has also had a firm base in Memmingen. The “alternative cabaret Memmingen e.V.” association operates the Parterretheater im Künerhaus and offers an ambitious programme from cabaret to comedy, from music to literature.
The Kleinkunstbühne Straubing - since 2012 called Kleinkunstbühne Memmingen - is also presenting at different locations in the city a programme with cabaret, comedy, theatre, concerts and literature.
The "Kulturwerkstatt Memmingen e.V." association offers workshops and cultural programme in a little theatre at the Schweizerberg.