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Norwich Puppet Theatre logo

Norwich Puppet Theatre

Norwich, Norfolk, norfolk

(102)
‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019
Norwich Puppet Theatre logo

Norwich Puppet Theatre

Norwich, Norfolk, norfolk

(102)
‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019

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Norwich Puppet Theatre is an excellent introduction to the magic of theatre with original shows, activities, workshops and masterclasses for all ages.

Situated inside a converted medieval church, the Theatre is one of only three building-based puppet theatres in England.

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Reviews (102)

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Sharon Matthews

21 September 2019

Doing some great community work

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Rosina Esperanza

21 September 2019

Gleich an meinem ersten Wochenende wurde ich ins Puppet Theatre eingeladen. Nachdem ich das Programm gelesen habe ließ ich mich von der Vorstellung überzeugen. Das Norwich Puppet Theatre ist ein national einzigartiger Veranstaltungsort für Puppenspiele in der mittelalterlichen Kirche Saint James the Lessa Grade 1 in Norwich, England. More...

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Julia Davidson

23 August 2019

Amazing show, we loved it! Never heard my 4yo laugh so much. Totally recommend to anyone with kids

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Amy Turner

16 August 2019

Did the Dragon Puppet Workshop with my four year old today and was really impressed, we will be back!

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Emily April

10 August 2019

We loved the pied piper show, kept the kids glued to the story for the whole show! excellently done! thankyou. 5 star show

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Christopher Ogle

8 August 2019

A Norwich landmark.

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daylus

29 July 2019

Took the kids to watch a performance by local music school, 'Jennifer Grace Music Academy'. It's not very big but well laid out, making good use of the space. Really good performance anyway, aided by the acoustics of the building. Nice, reasonably priced food and drink and clean facilities. My only very minor con about the place is the difficulty parking on a Saturday night. Otherwise, perfect family evening out. More...

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Carmel McMullen

30 June 2019

I only went to see inside the building because it was formerly a Church where my ancestors were married. I found Ian from the office extremely helpful.

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Susan

30 May 2019

Great venue to hold a private party, everyone loved the space and the staff made it so easy for us. Much nicer than just one room as people can be in different places, with different noise levels too. Stage makes a good dance floor. Only sorry it was cold so we could not use the outside space. More...

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Kev Owen

30 May 2019

Saw Vincent Gambini performing The Chore of Enchantment. Wonderful show. I stole an Ace of Hearts and put it in my partner's bag so the magic endures.

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Panagiotis Kalomoirakis

30 April 2019

A perfect place with a lot of events for all ages. A perfect place to feel creative and child again.

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Sarah Day

14 April 2019

we visited yesterday to see the little owl show it was fantastic. we will definitely be visiting again our daughter loved her very 1st theatre experience xx

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Amber Stefani

13 April 2019

I went to see the show WOW ITS NIGHT TIME. My little 14month old was so engaged with it. It was a lovely show. I personally loved the lit up puppets. It really made it magical. Well done for a beautiful performance More...

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Ericca Stamper

30 March 2019

Great shows for kids. It's nice to see this type of theatre. Something different for the kids. The staff are also very friendly.

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Stella Gooch

28 February 2019

A really cute little theatre. Great for children and family shows. Easy to drive past and not notice it in the dark.

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Chunk Berry

28 February 2019

who doesn't love a puppet show? bought tickets here last year and when we arrived our seats were already taken but turns out the people who were there accidentaly came a day earlier than their tickets said. great entertainment. 5 stars from chunk. More...

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arturo fanciulli

28 February 2019

Lovely show with Wilf's wonderful wooooorld

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Katie Turner

30 January 2019

Always so good coming here so original and inventive. My girls really enjoyed it

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Alex Kerbiriou

30 December 2018

Must be experienced. This place is excellent for entertainment, whether you are 3 or 93!

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Stephen TURNER

30 December 2018

We have just spent a marvellous morning here watching The Princess and the Frog. Excellent as always

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John Howard

30 December 2018

A charming venue for kids theatre

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James Mayhew

30 December 2018

Absolutely magical

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James Garvey

30 December 2018

A norwich classic

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Bryan Sims

30 November 2018

Fun for children

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Martin Jarvis

30 November 2018

Fantastic place, staff were fantastic we had the best wedding day here

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Anne Schneider

30 November 2018

If you are into original and quirky productions you will love it here

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Jessie Mitchell

30 November 2018

A flamboyant show exceptionally moving and striking. So many different mediums, acting professional high standard. Magical and surrereal, with an erriee atomospheric mood. An expressionist combination of artistic flamboyance. The venue is like a trinket box full of mysteries. More...

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Paul Middleton

30 October 2018

Had an excellent experience at the Puppet Theatre. Our nieces loved it. Great interaction with the audience. Good old fashioned children's entertainment. In a good way

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Ian Stephenson

30 August 2018

Myself and my 4yr old daughter went to a show and a workshop. Both were excellent and both myself and my daughter loved both and came home with our pirate puppets.

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AdamB

16 August 2018

Great puppet skills too !

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John Davis

30 July 2018

Mediaeval Church well adapted to puppet theatre or small actors groups.

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Dang Thu Thuy

30 July 2018

Great venue, wonderful play and very friendly staff.

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Hanna Biernacka

30 July 2018

Interesting workshops. Show good for kids and adults. Place with a character. You can buy fantastic puppets there too. Or make one

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Justin Thompson

30 July 2018

Great place to take the kids had fun would go there again

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James Penson

30 July 2018

If you into historical places well worth a visit. Beware! parking is limited and you may find yourself parking a fair distance away. But overall good place to vist.

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James Edmonds

30 July 2018

Amazing venue. Booked our first show there following our visit this evening.

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Matthew Cunningham

30 July 2018

We took a class to make puppets there the other week and it was inspirational.

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cleopatra907 909

30 July 2018

Nice place, staff no friendly always

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Zara Heart

30 July 2018

It was very aesthetically pleasing in an individual aspect however it is impossible to be completely and utterly immersed in the performance because of the children . On the one hand this is a good thing because your kids get involved , and yet the downside is that you cannot fully enjoy the play More...

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Jack Brendan

30 July 2018

Great play in a rambling old church, we saw A Mermaids Tail and the kids were wrapt. A one woman play, she did acting, puppets and shadow puppets - amazing.

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Nalabala TV

30 July 2018

Daughter had a show. Lovely venue

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Mike Swanson

30 July 2018

Nice, different venue. not much seating in bar area or outside.

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Nigel Woodcock

30 July 2018

Great atmosphere

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Scott Lamb

30 July 2018

Lovely venue with kind and friendly staff

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John DAVIS

30 July 2018

Great atmosphere when the puppets come to life!

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Saleeta Coates

30 July 2018

Great theatre

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Ramunas Juska

30 July 2018

Inspired

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Lina Rakauskienė

30 July 2018

Wonderful place

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Sally Phillips

30 July 2018

Very enjoyable

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Arthur Brain

30 July 2018

wonderful place to take the grandchildren!

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Alexis Lloyd

30 July 2018

Favourite Saturday afternoon out for grandparents and youngsters

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Simon Thomas

30 July 2018

Great quirky place

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Luke Tudball

25 July 2018

This is a wonderful theatre which presents innovative and imaginative work unlike any other I know. You should not miss the opportunity to experience everything that these artists have to offer. An educational and inspirational place nestled into the lovely city of Norwich, this is something that has to be seen to be believed. Brilliant. More...

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Sharon Baker

25 July 2018

Took our granddaughter who is 5 this afternoon to see the elves and the shoemaker.This was our first time we all throughly enjoyed it loved how the children where allowed to see the puppets at the end .

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Donna Moore

25 July 2018

Went to see We're Going on a Bear Hunt with 3 year old and 7 month old...loved it! Great that it was baby friendly!
Today we went to the tots puppet making workshop to make dinosaurs...They were great with children and babies and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! More...

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Dan Hutchison

25 July 2018

Love this Little theatre what a fantastic venue!!! I recently performed in the Producers with an amazing cast of actors!! This is great venue and puts on amazing shows all year round.
You must visit!!!
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Grace Leong

25 July 2018

A place where puppets and imaginary world come alive. It is a magical place with heart warming stories. Great puppet theatre for all ages!

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Simon Jack Moss

25 July 2018

It's absolutely amazing what can be achieved in the space there from having just worked on The Producers. This may look like a little theatre but if you're clever you could achieve something great. Plus all the staff are lovely !

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Jenny Lewis Vaughan

25 July 2018

My daughter had a lovely time on a morning dinosaur puppet workshop! Friendly staff and felt happy and relaxed to leave her while I enjoyed a browse and cuppa for the hour n half! Great value for money! Booking the summer workshops asap! Great theatre and will continue to support it!! More...

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Steven Yallop

25 July 2018

Hi Directed a production last weekend, and we performed in this theatre, absolutely perfect location, great prices and the team, especially Darren (Tech guy) Very efficient, had no problems at all, defiently recommend this theatre!

I am using it again June 4th for our horror production, perfect location, will be using the theatre a lot more!
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Maria Jane Hewkin

25 July 2018

Well we absolutely love the Puppet Theatre, such an awesome place ( venue) amazing volunteers too !!
Our son had his wedding here recently,we've been to stage shows & puppet making classes ! Just thinking of another excuse to hire it out for a party � More...

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Saleeta Coates

25 July 2018

Definitely 5 stars. My kids were absolutely thrilled with the art and puppet making workshops. the staff are really friendly and helpful. You get the feeling they love working there! A real gem! More...

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Darren Tubby

25 July 2018

My 7 year old son went to make a puppet. It was the most amazing fun and he came away with a brilliant puppet which is very proud of. The staff are all very friendly and helpful. Well worth every penny More...

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Michelle Brooks

25 July 2018

Loved our visit today! My daughter had a fantastic time making her puppet!! We shall be returning hopefully very soon!!

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Laura McKinlay

25 July 2018

I love this little theatre. The staff are friendly and great with kids. I've taken my three year old and my baby to shows, puppet making workshops and to Sophie's cardboard box and light workshop, all of which have been amazing.

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Mandie Patt

25 July 2018

My daughter has been attending workshops, performances and recently, puppet club. We all love it here. The staff are friendly, creative and welcoming and do a great job! I come with a toddler and a baby and nothing is ever a problem and the facilities are great for families. The food/drink is really reasonable and the little puppets are well priced to buy as a treat for the kids after a visit - they even bought a kangaroo in specially for us for a story sack were making. My 8 year old loves collecting NCU stamps and the workshop loyalty card is a great bonus too as we've just earned a free Christmas workshop! Thank you :) More...

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John Roberts

25 July 2018

Norwich Puppet Theatre is such a special place. It gives a warm welcome, even when it is freezing outside. We LOVED performing The Tin Forest for enthusiastic, wonderful audiences on Saturday. What a treat! THANK YOU! From PuppetCraft. More...

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Marie Cooper

25 July 2018

I love the Puppet Theatre. Although I had not been for years until fairly recently. I am definitely going to make sure I go more often and take my little granddaughter with me. It's worth popping by to the box office just to take a look at all the amazing puppets hanging around inside and to visit the little shop where you can buy cute little finger puppets for the kids � More...

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Lucy Ashby-Otun

25 July 2018

We visited the Puppet Theatre for a show and a workshop with our Key Stage 1 children yesterday. From the very beginning of the day everything was perfect. The children were totally engaged during the dazzling performance of Pied Piper and enjoyed having the opportunity to ask questions later. After a relaxing lunchbreak in the shady garden we gathered for our puppet making workshops which were expertly run by Gemma and Zara. Each child made a brilliantly unique rod puppet with the huge variety of crafting supplies on offer. The children and us adult helpers were in our elements! I'm honestly considering visiting every year given the quality of the provision and the fact that every single child loved the day.

Thank you Zara for your help in organising our visit and for your help on the day. We all loved it!!
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Fana Sunley-Smith

25 July 2018

It has been an absolute joy to bring our show to NPT! A lovely venue run by a fantastic team! We loved every second of being here!

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Nell Carter

25 July 2018

My son Tolly (2.5), “I love it here!” Doing a puppet show is one of his favourite things to play at home. Have done three amazing tots workshops here. All have been fantastic.
Thank you!!
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Bex Cross

25 July 2018

Absolutely love the Norwich Puppet Theatre! It is a very special place with a huge range of creative workshops to ignite young people's imaginations, beautifully crafted shows and community events. We are so very lucky to have such a wonderful place in Norwich! More...

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Cat Bibbidy Bobbidy Boo

12 August 2017

Saw Jack & the Beanstalk today, it was wonderful, very talented lady!! Staff at the venue were friendly and helpful too.

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Biggles TwoSixSix

30 July 2017

Great little theatre in an old church. Lots of friendly helpful staff. Clean toilets. lots of marionettes hanging around!! Bar/cafe in foyer. Great "Gingerbread Man" show. More...

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sydney delle donne

30 July 2017

"A Tale of Two Mice" ($1.99 at Apple's app store) is a wonderful way to see real marionette puppets in action. A great follow-up to Norwich Theatre to further your interest in marionette puppetry.

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Keith Talbot

30 July 2017

Great for kids.

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Nieves Medina

30 July 2017

Great place, phenomenal shows for children and adults alike

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Ros Swetman

2 July 2017

We're particularly fond of it as my son Pete Wright married Lucy Garland on stage there! It was the best wedding venue and so much fun!

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Steven Yallop

27 April 2017

Hi Directed a production last weekend, and we performed in this theatre, absolutely perfect location, great prices and the team, especially Darren (Tech guy) Very efficient, had no problems at all, defiently recommend this theatre!

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Claire Hudson

23 April 2017

Great place, reasonable prices, intimate setting, really enjoyed the whole evening and The Fakenham Singers were fab!

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Nicky Eastaugh

4 April 2017

My son (aged 10) has just finished the "Magimation" animation workshop and absolutely loved it. So much that he wants to go back again next year! Highly recommended.

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Zoe Rowntree

18 February 2017

Both my boys have taken part in puppet making at different times and loved it, the staff are great, really patient and friendly. Definatelty recomend x

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Lindsay Gill

8 February 2017

My daughter loved the workshop this morning, thank you to the lovely staff! We are looking forward to visiting again soon!! :)

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Chantal Jenkins

7 February 2017

Excellent evening out. Great plays good entertainment.

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Hannah Hann

31 December 2016

Stunningly beautiful production of Hansel and Gretal, really uplifting

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Elly Rebecca Ewels

30 December 2016

Saw Horse and Bamboo's 'Hansel and Gretal' tonight - it was great! We were spellbound until the very end :)

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Nicola La Hoskin

22 December 2016

2 and 4 year old really enjoyed hansel and Gretel. They were transfixed.

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Claudia Massotto Franco

28 November 2016

Me emocionan, vuestra sensibilidad, como titiritera y amante de los titeres. Gracias por deleitarnos�

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Samantha Skelton

31 October 2016

Pleasantly surprised, not been for a very long time. Watched a Twisted Fairytale which was phenomenal, atmosphere was fantastic as the setting really complimented the story theme. Clean and tidy but could do with update to bar and toilet areas. More...

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Ross Mcleod

27 October 2016

Just been to see The Tinderbox with my 10 year old son... It was an absolute work of art... Magical.!!!!! Thank you.!!!! X

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Jack Pond

30 July 2016

Good entertainment

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Dave Richardson

30 July 2016

Love the Puppet Theatre, recently visited for Twisted Cabaret and had a great time

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John Walker

30 July 2016

Excellent for small children.

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Vaibhav Fadia

30 July 2016

A purposeful place with great entertainment.

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Lucy Ellen

20 July 2016

We visited the Puppet Theatre for a show and a workshop with our Key Stage 1 children yesterday. From the very beginning of the day everything was perfect. The children were totally engaged during the dazzling performance of Pied Piper and enjoyed having the opportunity to ask questions later. After a relaxing lunchbreak in the shady garden we gathered for our puppet making workshops which were expertly run by Gemma and Zara. Each child made a brilliantly unique rod puppet with the huge variety of crafting supplies on offer. The children and us adult helpers were in our elements! I'm honestly considering visiting every year given the quality of the provision and the fact that every single child loved the day. More...

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Helen Carrick

19 January 2016

My lb really enjoyed Thumbelina and the Dragon Making workshop, we'll definitely be back!

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Emma Skinner

30 October 2015

My son had a great time at the MonsterMation workshop. He can't wait for the next one. Thanks to all involved :)

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Sarah Roadley

1 October 2015

Just seen "we are going on a bear hunt" I went with my daughter's school and it was my first trip to the puppet theatre. I absolutely loved it! The performers were amazing and kids & adults were enthralled. Will definitely be coming again! More...

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Radley Fenn

3 August 2015

Went yesterday for the first time with my 3 year old. Oddly was an amazing proformance highly recommended.

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Nic Hopkins

9 June 2014

Truly and inspirational centre for wonder and a lot of fun!

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Anna Mae

16 February 2014

Took my two year old grand daughter to see 'three colours' at Lakeside Theatre on Essex uni campus this afternoon. It was truly awesome :)

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30 November 2008

I have never been to anything like the Puppet Theatre before and my only experience of it is when I attended a short performance of Thumbelina there a couple of years ago with my 3 year old daughter. Both of us absolutely loved it! It took place in the smaller Octagon studio which only has room for about 50 people. All the children sat on the floor on cushions in between two small aisles of chairs reserved for the adults. The puppets were amazing! So beautifully created and with such character. The puppeteer was a brilliant story-teller and performed with the puppets so expertly that they really seemed to come to life. My daughter was totally focussed on the performance as were all the other children there. This is a great place to introduce young children to theatre entertainment. More...

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