Paul Weidmann: *Der Bettelstudent oder das Donnerwetter*, Vienna, 1776, comedy in two acts

Penned by a civil servant, Paul Weidmann, this was reported to be the empress’s favourite play. The comedy adheres strictly to the rules of Sonnenfels’s ‘cleansed stage’ and combines burlesque elements borrowed from the Viennese tradition of extemporized comedy.