Arlequin Mahomet

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Arlequin Mahomet
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Title plate from 1721 edition of Arlequin Mahomet
Written by Alain-René Lesage
Characters Arlequin
The King of Basra
A princess
A Kam
The Prince of Persia
A servant
Date premiered 1714
Original language French
Genre farce
Setting Surate and Basra

Arlequin Mahomet (English: Arlequin Mohammed) is a one act farce by Alain-René Lesage. It was first performed at the Foire de Saint Laurent in 1714. Arlequin Mahomet was performed as the second play in a series consisting of La Foire de Guibray and Le Tombeau de Nostradamus. Between the three works, Lesage created a comedy in three acts.

Plot summary[edit]

Arlequin is being pursued by his debtors, so his friend Boubekir gives him a flying box so that he can flee the country. As he is flying over Persia, he sees a young man about to kill himself because his true love, the Princess of Basra, is to be married to the Kam of the Tartars (played by Pierrot from La Foire de Guibray). Arlequin agrees to help.

He flies to the princess who does not want to marry the Kam and is praying to Mohammed. When she sees Arlequin in his flying machine, she believes that he is Mohammed. Arlequin tells her that she does not have to marry the Kam and presents her with a portrait of her future husband, the Prince of Persia. The Princess tells her father about this revelation, and the King and the Kam go in search of the "false Arlequin." Meanwhile, Arlequin enters the scene and flies over their heads. Arlequin beats them with his stick until the King and the Kam agree that the princess should marry the Prince. Arlequin brings the Prince to the court in his flying machine so he can marry the princess. Arlequin, in turn, marries the princess' servant.


  • Arlequin, a false Mohammed
  • Dahi, a merchant, the neighbor of Arlequin
  • Boubekir, traveler and mathematician
  • The King of Baraasa
  • The Princess, his daughter
  • The Kam of the Tartars
  • The Prince of Persia
  • A servant

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