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Puppet Theatre Barge

Blomfield Road | Little Venice, London W9 2PF, England
+44 20 7249 6876
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Is this establishment for children? It requires some joy. This presentation of the Puppet Theatre... read more

Reviewed 25 May 2018
Missthebacon
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London, United Kingdom
The Little Christmas tree - A Lovely poignant show

Delightful experience for me and my family, this is a new tale and had some interesting modern... read more

Reviewed 14 December 2017
osimon_34
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London, United Kingdom
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The Puppet Theatre Barge is a unique, fifty-seat marionette theatre on a converted barge in London. The theatre presents puppet shows for children and adults and is moored in Little Venice throughout the year and in Richmond-upon-Thames during the summer. The company produces shows taken from traditional children’s tales such as the Brer Rabbit stories, Aesop's Fables and original work featuring Punch, as well as drama by writers[1] such as William Shakespeare and Federico García Lorca, and has also commissioned original plays from contemporary published writers, such as Wendy Cope,[2] Howard Barker[3][4] and Finuala Dowling.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Blomfield Road | Little Venice, London W9 2PF, England
Paddington / Maida Vale
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Reviewed 25 May 2018

Is this establishment for children? It requires some joy. This presentation of the Puppet Theatre Barge, is from an adult perspective.More

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Soledad Z, Manager at Puppet Theatre Barge, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello. Looking at the date of your review, you must have seen Red Riding Hood. The production is recommended for 4+. How old is your child? We have productions that are tailored for 3 to 8 year olds, there's one coming up in Richmond, it's...More

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Reviewed 14 December 2017

Delightful experience for me and my family, this is a new tale and had some interesting modern twists as well as traditional Christmas warmth. The venue is charming and totally unique and the experience was for us was a moving start to the festive season

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Gren M, Public Relations Manager at Puppet Theatre Barge, responded to this reviewResponded 18 December 2017

Very happy to hear you enjoyed our brand-new production. Looking forward to your next visit. Thank you!

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Reviewed 1 September 2017

Took the pantomime loving grandchildren along the towpath to the Richmond Puppet barge.Lovely sunny day and a sense of anticipation was in the air - we were all looking forward to some skilful action in Aesops Fables. What a letdown ! - curtain rose on...More

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Gren M, Public Relations Manager at Puppet Theatre Barge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2017

Dear David, I am sorry you did not enjoy your experience on the barge. The production you saw was not brand-new, but the show is rehearsed and the marionettes are well looked after (lion is not moth eaten though luckily!). The puppeteer operating lion in...More

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Reviewed 28 August 2017

As a puppet theatre fan since my childhood i always had a soft spot for this art in my heart. Wherever i travelled and there was puppet theatre on show I tried to visit. Over years I introduced my three children to this beautiful magic...More

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Gren M, Public Relations Manager at Puppet Theatre Barge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2017

I am sorry to hear you were disappointed by the show, which I believe was The Hare and the Tortoise and other tales from Aesop. The first half of the show is definitely less fast paced than the second half, but our intention is to...More

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Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

What a lovely experience this was. A puppet theatre on a barge! Brilliantly done. We watched "Captain Grimey" and "3 Little Pigs", couldn't have been better. The kids loved it and so did the adults. Unforgettable.

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Gren M, Public Relations Manager at Puppet Theatre Barge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2017

Thank you for your lovely feedback. Looking forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

We were in London for 5 days and I wanted to visit little Venice and I discovered this cute little puppet show on a barge. We were staying in Paddington, so it was a 15 min walk along the canal, which was really lovely. It...More

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Gren M, Public Relations Manager at Puppet Theatre Barge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2017

Thank you for your positive feedback. Perhaps you visited on a very hot day? We have fans which are kept on, however we need to close portholes and doors during the performance. We have raked seating and make sure that children sit behind children and...More

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Reviewed 19 March 2017

Absolutely love this place! A barge that has been converted into a teeny tiny theatre (tiered seating) facing a stage on which stringed puppets enact enchanting plays. It is truly magical. All the shows I've been to have an interval where you can buy very...More

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Management response:Responded 12 April 2017

Thank you for the lovely feedback! Looking forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed 19 February 2017

So glad we did this - a totally absorbing presentation, not surprised it is regularly fully booked. This is for children of all ages, from nought to one hundred. Reserve on line, and be well on time to settle and enjoy the experience to the...More

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Management response:Responded 12 April 2017

Very glad you enjoyed the whole experience! Thanks for visiting.

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Reviewed 16 February 2017

A fantastic experience of watching puppets on a canal barge, which you can only imagine doing when you go with children. In fact the show likes almost more to adults than to children, because it is very poetic. The music very suggestive. Worth also visiting...More

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Management response:Responded 12 April 2017

Glad you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for coming.

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Reviewed 25 October 2016

This was my third trip to the Puppet Theatre Barge, each time when moored in Little Venice, and each time with small children. We hope to change that my seeing the Ancient Mariner in November, though! There is something about well done puppetry that captures...More

Thank Floripano
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Management response:Responded 12 April 2017

I hope you enjoyed The Ancient Mariner as much as you enjoyed the other shows you saw with your grandchildren. Thanks for the lovely feedback.

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Thanks for your interest. We are currently showing "Fowl Play – a farmyard adventure", featuring carved farmyard animal marionettes with exciting lighting and soundscape. Performances on: June 13 at 11am and 3pm June 14 at... More
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