At the end of December 1945, Alfred Rasser celebrated the premiere of his character based on the Czech soldier Schwejk (after the novel by Jaroslav Hašek) at the Küchlin Theater in Basel. Theophil Läppli "born on October 23, 1894 in Buckten, Canton Basel-Land" became a national antihero. He soon enjoyed a fame and popularity that extended beyond the cantonal borders. Läppli's endearing way of humorously exposing social absurdities and grievances is unique and timeless. He is good-natured, understanding, direct, stubborn, passionate and, according to his own statements, a "patriotically inclined individual". Through the filming of "HD-Soldat Läppli" and "Demokrat Läppli" by and with Alfred Rasser, the character is still present and unforgotten today.
The 14-member ensemble with the well-known Swiss actor Gilles Tschudi as "HD-Soldat Läppli" also consists of Urs Bihler, Urs Bosshardt, David Bröckelmann, Marius Hatt, Charlotte Heinimann, Roland Herrmann, Salomé Jantz, Caroline Rasser, Willi Schraner, Martin Schurr, Raphael Tschudi, Myriam Wittlin and Reto Ziegler. Martin Schurr is the director. Dietlind Ballmann, Domo Löw and Patrick Schlenker are responsible for stage, costumes and set design.
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