On 23 May 1758, the curtain was raised for the first time at the Ludwigsburg Palace Theatre. Duke Eberhard Ludwig had already ordered construction of the theatre building between 1729 and 1733. Stage technology and the interior work were added under Duke Carl Eugen. The auditorium in the form of a galleried theatre with boxes was designed by French architect Philippe de la Guêpière. From 1811, King Friedrich I had the space modernized in the neoclassical style by Friedrich von Thouret. The stage remained unchanged.