Do you remember – the “Urrrrrmeliiii”, “The cat with a hat”, “Schlupp from the green star” or “Jim Knopf and Lukas, the train driver” on their way through Lummerland, the “island with two mountains and a deep wide ocean”? Several generations of visitors, TV viewers and cinemagoers have been enchanted by the characters of the Augsburger Puppenkiste.
It started on 26 February 1948 when Puppenkiste founder Walther Oehmichen presented “Puss in Boots” in his temporary theatre in bombed Augsburg. Since then the small Augsburg puppet theatre with its 220 seats has become a successful project due to the varied and ambitious programme. The breakthrough followed on 21 January 1953 – when the wooden puppets with the tale “Peter and the wolf” were first presented on TV. In the following years legendary TV series like “The Muminfamily”, “Jim Knopf and Lukas the train driver” or “Urmel from the Ice” were created which fascinated millions of viewers. About 150 productions with the man-guided stars have been broadcast since the beginnings in the 1950s.
In 2018 the Augsburger Puppenkiste celebrated its 70th anniversary. On the occasion of this anniversary the Westphalian Horse Museum shows an exhibition about this popular puppet theatre, starting on 11 May 2019.