The lid opens, the curtain goes up: A woman shakes up her bed and it starts to snow. Every child in the audience knows her name: When will “Frau Holle” shower the hard-working sister with gold and punish the lazy sister with bad luck? The children are utterly enthralled by the spectacle.
From “Jim Knopf” and “Das Urmel aus dem Eis” to “Kater Mikesch”: The popular characters from the marionette theatre appeared on German television screens in the 60s, 70s and 80s, winning over the hearts of their young viewers. In the real-life marionette theatre in Heilig-Geist-Spital in Augsburg, in contrast, the afternoon programme features figures from well-known fairy tales and stories – such as Rumpelstiltskin or the Little Prince. The puppets are skilfully moved around the stage under the arched roof of the former chapel until the lid of the puppet chest finally closes again – the trademark end to the Augsburger Puppenkiste show.