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Little Angel Theatre

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  • Islington
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  1. Dogs don't do ballet © Little Angel Theatre
    Dogs don't do ballet © Little Angel Theatre
  2. We're going on a bear hunt © Little Angel Theatre
    We're going on a bear hunt © Little Angel Theatre
  3. Alice in Wonderland © Lynette Shanbury
    Alice in Wonderland © Lynette Shanbury
  4. Alice in Wonderland © Little Angel Theatre
    Alice in Wonderland © Little Angel Theatre
  5. Ugly Duckling © Little Angel Theatre
    Ugly Duckling © Little Angel Theatre
  6. Aladdin, Indigo Moon © Little Angel Theatre
    Aladdin, Indigo Moon © Little Angel Theatre
  7. Storm in a teacup © Little Angel Theatre
    Storm in a teacup © Little Angel Theatre
  8. © Rich Wilmott
    © Rich Wilmott
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Time Out says

You'll find puppets galore at this Islington institution

Tucked away in the back streets of Islington, Little Angel Theatre is a hub of pioneering puppeteering activity. Established by South African John Wright in 1961, Little Angel Theatre is London’s only permanent puppet theatre. Housed in a former Temperance Hall, it hosts an endless stream of productions from visiting companies from around the country, with stories tailored to age groups from toddlers right up to 12-year-olds. But best of all are its popular in-house shows, which pull in hordes of kids at Christmas and during the school holidays.

In a quaint twist that reveals the artifice behind the magic, the compact 100-seat main stage sits alongside the workshop where the marionettes for in-house shows are carved and developed. There's also a studio round the corner, which houses performances with shorter runs. And for kids who want to get involved as well as watch, there’s a Saturday Puppet Club and a revolving programme of workshops and events to inspire the next generation of puppeteers.

The shows are very much geared up for audiences of children, so expect to share the auditorium with chatty young'uns. Tickets are consistently reasonably priced (they're pretty much always well under £20 each) and the theatre's Friday Fives scheme makes £5 tickets available at 5pm on Friday.

Find more shows for kids of all ages with our guide to children's theatre in London

Details

Address:
14
Dagmar Passage
Cross Street
London
N1 2DN
Transport:
Tube: Angel/Highbury & Islington
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‘Little Angel Theatre’s Miniature Travelling Circus’ review

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Children's

It’s a bit of a weird autumn for kids’ shows in London: while most theatres across the capital are at least superficially back to normal post-pandemic, both the Polka and the Unicorn are still dark following the traditional summer break, and neither will have any substantial new programming until November.  The reasons are probably more complicated than one might think, but whatever the case, of the ‘big three’ dedicated children’s theatres, it’s just the doughty Little Angel kicking off the season, with two new shows: ‘The King of Nothing’, a sassy take on ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ aimed at older primary school kids, and ‘Little Angel Theatre’s Miniature Travelling Circus’, aimed at younger ones and pre-schoolers (ages three-to-six).  In essence, the ‘Travelling Circus’ is a very winning spin on traditional kids’ party entertainment. It’s co-created by director Miranda Pitcher and performer Lizzie Wort, who takes on the role of George, sweetly prim and proper ringmaster of what she explains is a once glorious circus now fallen on hard times We’re treated to a series of old-school party tricks – audience participation! collapsing wands! (puppet) rabbits out of hats – and a succession of turns from the various puppet animals in the circus, who range from some ‘fleas’ to a farty dog (‘Smelly Dog’).  It’s a tough one to judge in some ways: trust me, I have been to a lot of kids’ parties and while this is clearly a step up – the Little Angel Studio has been turned into a faux B

The King of Nothing

  • Children's

MONSTRO and the Little Angel present an anarchic new adaptation of the classic satirical fairytale ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’, in which the moral is that people can be made to believe in anything at all. 

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