The Fat Prince, along with his brother (who is alluded to but never seen onstage), stages a coup early on in the play, dethroning the Grand Duke of Grusinia and all his government officials. One of the dethroned officials is the Governor of Nuka, Georgi Abashwili, whose head the Fat Prince cuts off and displays over the palace entryway. The Fat Prince and his brother’s regime is later overturned, after the Fat Prince has shown himself to be a ruler whose regime is marked by nepotism, and cruelty just like the Grand Duke’s regime. The Fat Prince instigates a relentless campaign to find and kill Michael Abashwili, an attempt to wipe out the previous ruling party’s bloodline that ultimately fails.
The Fat Prince Character Timeline in The Caucasian Chalk Circle
The timeline below shows where the character The Fat Prince appears in The Caucasian Chalk Circle. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1: The Noble Child
Act 2: The Flight into the Northern Mountains
Act 3: In the Northern Mountains
Act 4: The Story of the Judge
...running for the position of judge. Azdak knows that the Ironshirts want to test the Fat Prince’s nephew, and suggests they all hold a mock trial using a criminal from the dungeon—but... (full context)
...reveals that eventually the Grand Duke returned to Nuka, as did the Governor’s wife, Natella. The Fat Prince was beheaded and deposed, and Azdak became seized by fear. Back in the court of... (full context)