Theatre, Puppet shows

32 events

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Joyce

Turtle Company presents this heart-warming tale about a father who goes on a journey through a children's storybook with the family hamster, melding puppetry, music and live magic.

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Wed 31 Jul

Central

£10 / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 1 Aug

Central

£10 / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 2 Aug

Central

£12 (£11) / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 24 more dates until 26 Aug

Boulder

Half a String In this reimagining of the Greek myth, a beautiful mechanical puppet is doomed with the hopeless task of pushing a colossal stone up a hill. Trapped in an endless cycle, the man wrestles with his pointless existence, cursing the futility of life. Award-winning Half a String fuse transforming sets…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 31 Jul

Forth

£7 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 1 Aug

Forth

£7 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 2 Aug

Forth

£7 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 14 more dates until 17 Aug

Dear Zoo

The popular pop-up book by Rod Campbell about Ben and Sally's search for a pet is brought to the stage with puppets and audience participation.

Palace Theatre, Mansfield

Tue 1 Oct

£14 / 01623 633133

Wed 2 Oct

£14 / 01623 633133

Stick Man

  • Directed by: Sally Cookson
  • Written by: Julia Donaldson (book), Axel Scheffler (book), Benji Bower (music)

Scamp Theatre use puppetry, live music and songs to present Julia Donaldson’s popular picture book about a stick man trying to get back to the family tree.

King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Fri 6 Sep

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Sat 7 Sep

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Sun 8 Sep

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2H

Sat 19 Oct

£24 (Children £19) / 0844 873 3433

Sun 20 Oct

£24 (Children £19) / 0844 873 3433

Mon 21 Oct

£24 (Children £19) / 0844 873 3433

…and 52 more dates until 5 Jan 2020

Cabaret of Curiosities

Tatwood Puppets Join the one-eyed magician Count Ocular and friends for a gothic, vaudeville experience in the bizarre world of the Cabaret of Curiosities. In a modern reimagining of the traditional puppet booth show, otherworldly creatures appear in a variety of unique puppetry acts that will amaze, bemuse and…

theSpace @ Symposium Hall, Edinburgh

Sat 3 Aug

Hill Square Gardens 'theSpace Tent'

£8 (£6) / 0845 508 8515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Hill Square Gardens 'theSpace Tent'

£8 (£6) / 0845 508 8515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 5 Aug

Hill Square Gardens 'theSpace Tent'

£8 (£6) / 0845 508 8515

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 16 more dates until 24 Aug

Causeway Coast Summer Street Entertainment

Street theatre takes over the streets of the Causeway Coast and Glens region throughout the months of July and August.

Various Venues: Coleraine

Mon 8 Jul

Times vary / Free

Tue 9 Jul

Times vary / Free

Wed 10 Jul

Times vary / Free

…and 52 more dates until 31 Aug

Fulfilment

SharkLegs Robox is your personal fulfilment device. The one-click wonder, the ultimate convenience. You dream it, he delivers it. Instant fulfilment. But fulfilment isn't for everyone. Award-winning theatre company SharkLegs uncover the price people really pay for next-day delivery. Disarmingly funny and playful, the…

Underbelly, Edinburgh

Thu 1 Aug

£6.50–£11 / 08445 458252

  • 03:40 – 04:40 (Friday morning)
Belly Laugh

£6.50 / 08445 458252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 2 Aug

£6.50–£11 / 08445 458252

  • 03:40 – 04:40 (Saturday morning)
Belly Laugh

£6.50 / 08445 458252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

£6.50–£11 / 08445 458252

  • 03:40 – 04:40 (Sunday morning)
Belly Laugh

£11 (£10) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 25 Aug

Goblin Theatre Presents: Hey Diddle Diddle

Goblin return with a hilarious adventure filled with live music and puppetry, for ages 3+. When the full moon shines bright there’s magic in the air, and all the animals come out to play. Stay up late with flying cows, jazzy cats and runaway crockery and as we jump and jive to the music in a brilliant new take on the…

Colchester Arts Centre

Sat 28 Sep

£5.95 / 01206 500900

  • 13:30

Luton Library Theatre

Sun 15 Sep

£8 / 01582 878100

The King with Stinky Feet

Widdershins Theatre stage this adaptation of the Indian folktale about the smelly king who hates taking a bath.

Lewsey Library, Luton

Sat 22 Jun

£3

Marsh Farm Library, Luton

Sat 22 Jun

£3 / 01582 574803

The Slightly Annoying Elephant

David Walliams' children's book about a bossy, slightly annoying blue elephant is brought to life through puppetry in this adaptation.

The Little Angel Theatre, London N1

Thu 20 Jun

Times to be confirmed / £13.50 (£11.50; Children £11.50) / 020 7226 1787

Fri 21 Jun

Times to be confirmed / £13.50 (£11.50; Children £11.50) / 020 7226 1787

Sat 22 Jun

Times to be confirmed / £13.50 (£11.50; Children £11.50) / 020 7226 1787

…and 43 more dates until 4 Aug

Swallow the Sea Caravan Theatre

From the absurd to the moving, magical, funny and intriguing. Swallow the Sea Caravan Theatre gives an escape from the norm and plunges audiences into a different world. Shadow and tabletop puppetry, object theatre, poetry, installation and live soundscape give a rare opportunity to experience intimate all-immersive…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 2 Aug

Sat 3 Aug

Courtyard

£7 (£5) / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Courtyard

£7 (£5) / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 25 Aug

Theatre Design and Puppetry Course

Seven-week theatre design and puppetry course for ages 8–12.

The Space (Dalry), Edinburgh

Sat 6 Jul

single class £8.50 each; full course £55 / 07858518390

  • 15:15 – 16:45

Sat 13 Jul

single class £8.50 each; full course £55 / 07858518390

  • 15:15 – 16:45

Sat 20 Jul

single class £8.50 each; full course £55 / 07858518390

  • 15:15 – 16:45
…and 4 more dates until 17 Aug

Tröll

Trick of the Light Theatre It's 1998. Otto is 12 but online he's 13 and he's pretty sure he gets away with it. He lives with his mum, dad, and sister, a chain-smoking Icelandic granny, and an ancient malevolent troll that's living in the wall… From Trick of the Light Theatre (The Bookbinder, The Road That Wasn't There…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Wed 31 Jul

Demonstration Room

£5 / 0131 560 1581

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 1 Aug

Demonstration Room

£8 / 0131 560 1581

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 2 Aug

Demonstration Room

£12 (£10) / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 9 more dates until 11 Aug

A Child's Garden of Verse

A visual anthology of poems inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses. Interpreted using shadow puppets and marionettes and accompanied by specially composed music.

The Puppet Theatre Barge: Little Venice, London W9

Sat 22 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7249 6876

  • 11:00 – 12:00
  • 15:00 – 16:00

Sun 23 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7249 6876

  • 15:00 – 16:00

Sat 29 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7249 6876

  • 11:00 – 12:00
  • 15:00 – 16:00
…and 3 more dates until 7 Jul

The Castle

Old Dog Theatre A dynamic adaptation of Kafka’s last, unfinished novel. Far from home, K. struggles to unlock the secrets of the castle. He wages a war of wits against the elusive official Klamm, certain that it is only by standing face to face with the divine authority of the castle that he will ever find his place…

Greenside @ Infirmary Street, Edinburgh

Fri 2 Aug

Olive Studio

£8 (£6)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Olive Studio

£8 (£6)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 5 Aug

Olive Studio

£8 (£6)

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 11 more dates until 17 Aug

A Christmas Carol

Smoking Apples stage Charles Dickens' classic tale of the Christmas spirit.

Bridge House Theatre, Warwick

Sat 14 Dec

£14 (£12; Children £12) / 01926 776438

Sat 21 Dec

£14 (£12; Children £12) / 01926 776438

Sun 22 Dec

£14 (£12; Children £12) / 01926 776438

…and 2 more dates until 24 Dec

Eggs on Legs

‘Every day, from here to there funny things are everywhere’ Dr Seuss Meet the zany Eggs on Legs as they try to hatch a huge egg that appears in their tree. Is it a dinosaur egg and can they protect it from the slithery snake? Garlic Theatre conjure a poetic, Dr Seuss world full of eggcentric puppets and zany music…

The Courtyard, Hereford

Sat 20 Jul

£7.50 / 01432 340555

Luton Library Theatre

Sun 27 Oct

£8 / 01582 878100

Garioch Theatre Festival

Staging a mix of professional and youth theatre shows alongside community events and exhibitions, this Inverurie-based theatre festival aims to foster new talent by providing training opportunities in a range of theatre and dance skills.

Various venues: Inverurie

Wed 26 Jun

Times & prices vary

Thu 27 Jun

Times & prices vary

Fri 28 Jun

Times & prices vary

…and 9 more dates until 7 Jul

Gilgamesh & Me

Babolin Theatre The god of love, right? Hannah is that god. But when she's spurned by a supercharged bromance, she discovers she's also the god of war. Gilgamesh is a mythic demigod hero, but after suffering the death of his arch-rival (turned lover?) Enkidu at the hands of Hannah (furious about being left out and the…

Paradise in Augustine's, Edinburgh

Fri 2 Aug

The Sanctuary

£10 (£8) / 0131 510 0022

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

The Sanctuary

£10 (£8) / 0131 510 0022

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 5 Aug

The Sanctuary

£10 (£8) / 0131 510 0022

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 10 Aug

The Goose Who Flew

Puppet show about compassion, community and understanding for ages 3–7.

The Hive, Worcester

Fri 26 Jul

£4 (under 1s free) / 01905 822866

  • 14:30

Great Grimm Tales

Box Tale Soup 'Three nights to save a soul… or the Devil gets his way.' A desperate man… A last-ditch deal… Some stories never die, and for you the night is just beginning… From the creators of 2018 official sell-out Turn of the Screw, comes a remarkable new adaptation of Grimm's most delicious tales. Join us for the…

Underbelly, Edinburgh

Thu 1 Aug

Big Belly

£6.50 / 08445 458252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 2 Aug

Big Belly

£6.50 / 08445 458252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Big Belly

£11 (£10) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 25 Aug

Hopeful Monsters

From simple organisms to giant beasts, this is a story of evolution told entirely with hands. Combining visual theatre, an original soundtrack and puppetry Hopeful Monsters is a playful exploration of all living things being made of the same fundamental building blocks. Constantly shifting and changing, human hands…

The Space, London E14

Fri 21 Jun

£8–£10 / 02075157799

  • 19:30

Sat 22 Jun

£8–£10 / 02075157799

  • 14:30
  • 19:30

The Man Who Planted Trees

Puppet State Theatre Company This multi award-winning adaptation of Jean Giono's classic environmental tale by Puppet State Theatre Company has been touring internationally for the past twelve years, with repeat appearances at the Sydney Opera House and off-Broadway. A unique blend of comedy, puppetry and inspiring…

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Mon 12 Aug

The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£13 / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 13 Aug

The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£13 / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 14 Aug

The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£13 / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 11 more dates until 26 Aug

MathildaMathilda

Puppet theatre for ages 7+, performed by Tomasin and Ros Cuthbert, about a two-headed puppet come to life.

Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon

Sun 11 Aug

£10 (£8; Family £31) / 01874 611622

  • 10:45

Perth Winter Festival

A whole range of days out, activities, theatre and music events to brighten up the cold winter months. Highlights include the Chocolate Festival, a farmers' market, Christmas Light Switch On and a Santa Fun Run. Performances from Alesha Dixon, MUD, The Hunna, East 17, Boyzlife and more.

City Centre, Perth

Sat 26 Oct

Times to be confirmed / Free / 01738 475000

Sun 27 Oct

Times to be confirmed / Free / 01738 475000

Mon 28 Oct

Times to be confirmed / Free / 01738 475000

…and 109 more dates until 14 Feb 2020

Various venues: Perth

Sat 16 Nov

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01738 475000

More dates will be added as events are confirmed.

Sun 17 Nov

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01738 475000

More dates will be added as events are confirmed.