The Ballad of Norbert Fatnoggin

About the Play

Norbert Fatnoggin is unbearable. With his terrible mistrust, he tyrannises all other animals in Africa. Where ever someone just wants to have some fun Norbert suspects treason and conspiracy. What can be done? The other animals have no idea – only Karlchen Klammerzeh, the oxpecker, has one. But can it be that the solution is to build the arrogant rhinoceros a memorial after all he has done?
Norbert Nackendick (Norbert Fatnoggin), Der Lindwurm und der Schmetterling (The Lindworm and the Butterfly), Filemon Foldrich and Tranquilla Trampeltrue were all set to music by composer Wilfried Hiller as “Vier musikalische Fabeln” (Four Musical Fables). The libretti were written by Michael Ende.


  • First published in: 1984
  • Theatre rights:
    Verlag für Kindertheater
    Poppenbütteler Chaussee 53
    22397 Hamburg
    Tel.: 040/ 60 79 09 16
    Fax: 040/ 60 79 09 51
    Contact person for performance permits: Juliane Lachenmayer

Press Reviews

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Puppet theatre:
Rheinisches Marionettentheater Zangerle, 23 September 1982. Music by W. Hiller based on a libretto by Michael Ende. Director: Anton Bachleitner.

Further Performances


  • Radio Play:
    Die Ballade von Norbert Nackendick oder Das nackte Nashorn
    (The Ballad of Norbert Fatnoggin or the Naked Rhinoceros)

    With music by Wilfried Hiller, Josef Manoth, Hanno Blaschke. Universal 2001. Currently not available.

Puppet Theater

Not yet adapted for puppet theater.