Theater Combinale

Hüxstraße 115 · 23552 Lübeck


We are Sigrid Dettlof, Wolfgang Benninghoven (Bruns) and Ulli Haussmann and together we make up "combinale". We are equal parts theater managers, producers, actors, playwrights, public relations agents, publishers, dramaturgists, artisans, directors all rolled into one, pardon, three people.


Since 1990, we have been located on Hüxstr. 115 in the middle of Lübeck's old town. The theater is located in a picturesque courtyard and was originally a church built around the year 1900. The theater has a seating capacity of 116 and is equipped with the most modern technology and high comfort.


We create what we like to call " Theater Up Close" which means theater both up close and close to our audience, close to our times, to our lives, to us. The pieces that we select, and mostly write ourselves, are about us and our world, including its usual craziness (also called the „condition humaine“). They show people in the wrong place in real life, looking for answers and only finding questions. The situations are absurd, funny, and tragic all at the same time.


Our pieces' contents are inexhaustible, just like the stories that people tell people. Our means are limited by (our) bodies and (our) language and by the audience's understanding. The latter (both the audience and the understanding) are very important to us, since art is created in the eye of the beholder, as we all know. And we believe – contrary to Brecht – that insight is inspired less by information and intellectual signposting and more by the darker channels of understanding, such as by laughter (not to be confused with humor and wittiness).