The "Theater im Rathaus", which was designed by Seiffert, is located in Germany’s tallest city hall (106 m). For more than a decade it has been the top address for the best entertainment and it was the first comedy theatre in the Ruhr area. The theatre sees itself as a complement to the Schauspiel Essen theatre, which mainly focuses on contemporary literature. With some 330 shows per year, the theatre presents a wide range of entertainment: light comedies, musicals, classics, crime thrillers and operettas are staged here. Many well-known actors from famous early evening TV series and detective dramas perform here, for example Günter Lamprecht, Grit Boettcher, Herbert Hermann and Uwe Friedrichsen.