Casperl als Prinz - Franz von Pocci


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Casperl als Prinz

Moralische Komödie in drei Aufzügen

Franz von Pocci | 1867 | Munich, Germany
Genre (as defined by the author)
Moralische Komödie
Prinz Alfred, v. Edelfels, Casperl Larifari, Grethl, Mufti, Hoflakaien
Number of acts

The motif of this ‘moral comedy’, as well as the name of the author, goes back to The Thousand and One Nights. The Sleeper and the Waker tells the story of how the caliph Haroun al-Rachid kidnapped Abou Hassan while he was asleep, so that he could spend a day as a prince, before being taken back to his old room. This story inspired many rewrites, including the comedy Der verwunschene Prinz [Tale of the Doomed Prince] by the German actor and playwright Carl August Görner (1806-1884): it is likely that Pocci knew about it.

Plot summary

A day in a prince's shoes

Surprised by a downpour, Prince Alfred and his companion von Edelfels take refuge in Casperl’s household while Grethl waits for her husband to return from the inn. Casperl arrives in a very drunken state and immediately falls asleep. The prince, who had retired with von Edelfels to a nearby hovel, has an idea for a joke. He has the sleeping Casperl taken to a luxurious room, where he is treated with full honours. Soon Casperl does not know whether he is Casperl or Prince Schnuri... Pretending to be his doctor, Prince Alfred gives him a sleeping pill, and Casperl wakes up a few hours later in his old room. Von Edelfels, disguised as a magician, assures him that he is indeed Prince Schnuri, but that as a punishment for being a drunkard he has been turnt into a ‘dumb man’. Casperl finds Grethl and promises to make amends, all while announcing that he will drink many more litres of beer.

Related works
The Arabian Nightsc. 1706–1721
Der verwunschene Prinz
Composition date

First performance

Munich, Germany, 1867 -

Münchner Marionettentheater

Publications and translations


Franz Pocci: Lustiges Komödienbüchlein, drittes Bändchen. München, J. J. Lentner, 1869

Modern edition

Franz von Pocci: Lustiges Komödienbüchlein 3, editio Monacensia, herausgegeben von Ulrich Dittmann, München, Allitera Verlag, 2008

Literary tones
Animations techniques
String marionette
Young audiences
Public domain


Theatrical techniques


Written by

Jean Boutan