Kasperl in China - Franz von Pocci


10 pages


Kasperl in China

Franz von Pocci | 1855 | Munich, Germany
Casperl Larifari, Mandarin Quinquing, Kaiser von China Schunschi, Kämmerling Kakao, Ein Sklave
Number of acts

This play appeared in Pocci's first collection of Kasperl's plays, published in 1855 under the title Neues Kasperl-Theater. The six short plays it contains were certainly among those that Pocci performed for his children at the Ammerland house on the shores of Lake Starnberg. The author does not seem to have considered performing them outside this private circle, but he did allow the puppeteer Josef Leonhard Schmid to bring them to the stage of his new puppet theatre. Kasperl in China combines the farcical comedy of Punch or the Hanswurstiades of the fair with stereotypical and parodic imagery about the Middle Kingdom.

Plot summary

The hero is lost in a foreign land

Arriving in China after a failed emigration to America, Kasperl finds himself in the service of the Mandarin Quingquing, Emperor Schunschi's "Minister of Confused Affairs". While styling his master's pigtail for the audience, Kasperl gets annoyed at not understanding what Quingquing is saying in Chinese and slaps him to death. Kasperl disguises himself as a Mandarin and goes to the hearing in his place, where he argues with Schunschi. When Schunschi retires, he asks for a drink. A barrel is brought to him, but opening it is an actual Chinese puzzle. The ghost of Quingquing finally emerges. Kasperl knocks him out and then resolves to drink tea, promising himself to return to Germany without delay.

Related works
Kasperl als Nachtwächter, Franz von Pocci1855
Kasperls Heldentaten, Franz von Pocci1855
Die Prüfung, Franz von Pocci1855
Composition date

First performance

Munich, Germany, 23 novembre 1862 -

Münchner Marionettentheater

Publications and translations


Franz Pocci: Neues Kasperl-Theater, Stuttgart, Gebrüder Scheitlin, 1855

Modern edition

Franz von Pocci: Neues Kasperl-Theater, editio Monacensia, München, Allitera Verlag, 2009

Literary tones
Animations techniques
String marionette
Not specified
Public domain


Theatrical techniques


Written by

Jean Boutan