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The Three Billy Pigs by Noisy Oyster

October 26 @ 2:00 pm - October 30th @ 2:00 pm The Three Billy Pigs production by Noisy Oyster is for children 3 years and over. It blends two classic fairy tales – The Three Little Pigs and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Noisy Oyster use beautifully crafted puppets, light hearted story telling, live music and a little bit of...

Jack in the Beanstalk

Upfront Puppet Theatre will finally be performing once again. July 21st – August 30th. Shows are at 2pm but please check performance days below. All shows will be socially distanced and we will seat you in your booking group “bubbles”. We ask that you enter through the big theatre doors at the back of the...

Puppets Up-Front 2nd, 3rd & 4th June

We're back.... Oh yes, WE ARE !!! Live puppet theatre performances return with a 3 day celebration of puppet fun.  A unique double bill of shows each day - suitable for all the family. Tickets: £10 each £35 (family of four) per morning or afternoon session. Online booking link at the bottom.  Please be aware...

Puss in Boots

The Upfront Puppet Theatre Christmas production is "Puss in Boots". The show is based on the original French fairy tale. The father of the family dies and the oldest son inherits the flour mill; the second a donkey and the youngest son, Marco, inherits a cat! BUT this is no ordinary cat. Puss has magical...

Stanelli’s Super Circus coming at Easter

A full circus in miniature. This is an amazing experience not to be missed, suitable for all ages. This unique collection of trick circus marionettes was saved for the nation by a Heritage Lottery Grant. It is one of the largest and most complete puppet circus’s in Europe. You will see clowns, jugglers, acrobats, tight-rope...

The Three Billy Pigs production by Noisy Oyster

The Three Billy Pigs production by Noisy Oyster is for children 3 years and over. It blends two classic fairy tales – The Three Little Pigs and The Three Billy goats Gruff. Noisy Oyster use beautifully crafted puppets, light hearted story telling, live music and a little bit of eco-awareness in a pig style. Event...

Aladdin and his Amazing Lamp

We will hold you spellbound as we tell you a tale based on one of the 1001 Arabian Nights stories, told by Scheherezade to her husband, the Sultan. Meet the Genie of the lamp, watch Aladdin fly his magic carpet and see if Aladdin finally wins the hand of the Princess. Fully staged with lighting,...

The Emperor and the Nightingale

A traditional marionette performance, based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen.  A beautiful & lyrical production with Chinese flute music by Yue Guo. A nightingale sings and charms the Emperor, until a mechanical bird takes its place. When the mechanical bird explodes, the real nightingale returns to sing on its own terms. It is...

The Snow Queen

Based o­n the fairytale­ by Hans Christian Andersen.  A stunning and original production, using a mixture of puppet types and special scenic effects which includes projected moving images and a revolving stage. Musical score based on Russian folk music. This adventure takes us on the river, to a magic garden with talking flowers, to a...

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

This production is based on a version of the story by Michael Morpurgo.  The book illustrations by Emma Chichester Clark, were the inspiration for the scenery and costumes.  Northumbrian musicians "Landermason", have composed the beautiful musical score.  This version of the classic fairy tale about the mysterious piper who visits Hamelin town and leaves with...

Cinderella

In our Cinderella, Bert the mouse is turned magically into a unicorn to pull the pumpkin coach and take Cinders to the ball. The ugly sisters were played by both marionette and rod puppets worked from our puppeteers pit. Cinderella Gallery

Sleeping Beauty

A spectacular performance, involving a mixture of 40 rod and string puppets. Based on the Grimm's fairy tale, performed on a revolving stage, set in medieval times with traditional period music. This show appeals to all ages, both children and adults. Will evil be conquered by good?  Can anything be done to undo a spell...

Hansel and Gretel

Our first show, staged in our original building and still loved today for its sliding wagon scenery, magic flashes bangs and accordion music based on traditional folk music. Our first show, staged in our original building and still loved today for its sliding wagon scenery, magic flashes bangs and accordion music based on traditional folk...

Pinocchio

This production was made for our new and larger theatre using a combination of long stringed marionettes, from our two mobile bridges, as well as rod puppets worked from our puppeteers pit beneath the floor of the stage. Pinocchio Gallery