The Hunting of the Snark

About the Play

The mad crew of a ship are on their way in the middle of the ocean, somewhere – nowhere, hunting the Snark, a creature that nobody knows but that everyone wants to own in spite of being scared of it.
Lewis Carrolls nonsense-epos The Hunting of the Snark was the model for this surreal, sparkling libretto, which Michael Ende wrote for the restricted stage of the Munich Prinzregententheater. Chased in Victorian style, funny, dramatic, wonderful and always wise: No wonder that this fun opera is a true delight for all friends of the English way of humorous word plays.


  • First published in: 1988
  • Theatre rights:
    Verlag für Kindertheater
    Poppenbütteler Chaussee 53
    22397 Hamburg
    Tel.: 040 / 60 79 09 16
    Fax: 040 / 60 79 09 51
    Ansprechpartnerin für Aufführungsgenehmigungen: Juliane Lachenmayer

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16 January 1988, Prinzregententheater Munich. Director: Friedrich Meyer-Oertel, Conductor: Tristan Schick. Music by Wilfried Hiller.

Further Performances


Not yet adapted as a musical.

Puppet Theater

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