Paul Brann

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Paul Brann (* 5 January 1873 in Oels; † September 1955 in Oxford) was a German puppeteer, writer and actor.


In 1906 Paul Brann founded the Marionette Theatre of Munich Artists. His models were Josef Leonhard Schmid and Franz von Pocci. Brann opened his puppet theatre with a performance of Pocci’s play Das Eulenschloß (Music: Alfred Pauer). Brann wanted to create a total work of art with his puppet theatre. In addition to historical works such as Kasperl as Portrait Painter by Franz Graf von Pocci, his repertoire also included contemporary drama such as Der tapfere Cassian by Arthur Schnitzler (music: Oscar Straus), Der Tod des Tintagiles by Maurice Maeterlinck, musical comedies, political satires and grotesques. Many of the plays that Paul Brann performed with his puppet theatre were aimed exclusively at an educated adult audience.

For the production of his marionettes and the stage design of his productions, Brann collaborated with visual artists such as Olaf Gulbransson, Jakob Bradl, Ignatius Taschner, Julius Dietz and Ernst Stern, each of whom was responsible for the entire visual part of the production.

Paul Brann made guest appearances at the Viennese art nouveau cabaret Cabaret Fledermaus in 1908 and at the Theaterkunstausstellung in Zurich in 1914. His tours also took him to Budapest, Paris, the Netherlands and Great Britain.
During the First World War Paul Brann did military service and became a prisoner of war. In 1934 Brann, who converted from the Jewish to the Christian faith in 1912 and was exposed to attacks and harassment after the seizure of power by the National Socialists, emigrated to Oxford during a tour through England. With the outbreak of World War II, Paul Brann ended his playing career.


  • Michael Buhrs, Barbara Lésak, Thomas Trabitsch: Kabarett Fledermaus. A Gesamtkunstwerk of the Wiener Werkstätte. Verlag Christian Brandstätter, Vienna 2007, ISBN 3-85033-082-6.
  • Paul Brann, Marionette Theatre of Munich Artists, exhibition of the puppet theatre collection in the Munich City Museum, 19 December 1973 – 30 June 1974

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