The Entertainer's Tale

The little company of minstrels has fallen on hard times. Nobody is interested in their arts anymore. But then salvation seems to be within reach: A chemical corporation offers them a lucrative engagement as a PR circus. The only condition: Eli, a girl with learning difficulties, destroys the beautiful illusion so she has to go. Fearing for their future the minstrels are almost ready to send Eli away, but then Jojo the clown tells them a fairy tale. No more than a fairy tale. Afterwards, however, nothing will ever be as it was.

Picture of the performance on the left: Copyright © Düsseldorfer Marionetten-Theater

Theatre Rights

  • First published in: 1982
  • Theatre rights:
    Vertriebsstelle und Verlag
    deutscher Bühnenschriftsteller und –komponisten (VVB)
    Buchweizenkoppel 19
    22844 Norderstedt
    Tel.: 040/52 25 610
    Fax: 040/52 63 286


  • Theater der Stadt Heidelberg, 16 April 1983. Director: Christian Sorge.

Further Performances

  • Opera:
    Das Gauklermärchen (The Entertainer's Tale)
    Opera by Gerhard Konzelmann based on the play by Michael Ende. Opernhaus Köln, premiere 4 September 1988.
  • Puppet theatre:
    Das Gauklermärchen (The Entertainer's Tale)
    Düsseldorfer Marionetten-Theater, premiere 16 October 1998.