You may not have seen one since your favourite film was 'Pinocchio', but there's no denying the nostalgia-pricking joy of a well-produced puppet show. So where to see one? Here's our guide to the best puppet shows currently playing on London's small stages.
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Storytelling maestros Tales from the Shed return with a festive spectacular inspired by the joys of panto. Their 'Talesomime' will be a pantomime with a host of quirky characters including Can-Can and The Thing That Goes Bleurgh, as well as plenty of interactive silliness. Ages 1-6, babies go free.Read more
The newly restored theatre space of Mirth, Marvel and Maud will host this fairytale Christmas show for children. Two Hans Christian Anderson stories will be told using puppets, in a performance suitable for kids aged three-plus.Read more
National Trust property Sutton House hosts all manner of arty goings on, and this Christmas is no different. Tea Break Theatre are creating a promenade performance of 'Beauty and the Beast' that will bring its corridors to magical life, using puppetry, music and storytelling.Read more
Rapunzel's having a particularly bad hair day in this kids' comedy from Theatre Of Widdershins, told using a quirky collection of puppets.Read more