Little Angel Theatre

Theatre, Puppetry Islington
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 (Dogs don't do ballet © Little Angel Theatre)
Dogs don't do ballet © Little Angel Theatre
 (We're going on a bear hunt © Little Angel Theatre)
We're going on a bear hunt © Little Angel Theatre
 (Alice in Wonderland © Lynette Shanbury)
Alice in Wonderland © Lynette Shanbury
 (Alice in Wonderland © Little Angel Theatre)
Alice in Wonderland © Little Angel Theatre
 (Ugly Duckling © Little Angel Theatre)
Ugly Duckling © Little Angel Theatre
 (Aladdin, Indigo Moon © Little Angel Theatre)
Aladdin, Indigo Moon © Little Angel Theatre
 (Storm in a teacup © Little Angel Theatre)
Storm in a teacup © Little Angel Theatre
 (© Rich Wilmott)
© Rich Wilmott

Tucked away in the back streets of Islington, Little Angel Theatre is a hub of passionate puppeteering activity. Established by South African John Wright in 1961, Little Angel Theatre is London’s only permanent puppet theatre and stages diverse productions devised here or by visiting companies.

In a quaint twist that reveals the artifice behind the magic, the compact 100-seat theatre shares its space with the workshop where the marionettes are carved and developed. There’s a Saturday Puppet Club and 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 around £8-£10 for kids and a little more for adults.

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Venue name: Little Angel Theatre
Address: 14
Dagmar Passage
Cross Street
N1 2DN
Transport: Tube: Angel/Highbury & Islington
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Laryssa N

Fantastic theatre for both children and adults. I have seen a version of Macbeth with bird puppets that has stuck in my head long after any other version as well moving and funny children's shows. Amazing place. the £5 Friday shows are such a bargain.

Miki C

It's magic, the quality of performance, the set design, the stories, the love for what they do - one of the best spots in Islington for kids (and adults as well). Smart, stunning, wonderful art.

Rachel R

Its a great theatre showing inspiring and challenging productions. Little Angel's child-centred approach is not done in a patronising or paternalistic way, but takes delight in children's creativity and imagination. It welcome everyone through its doors and is ensuring the traditional and skilled art form of puppetry remains alive and kicking in the UK.

Carmen C

This is a magical place, for old and young alike. Their productions are fantastic.

Jessica B

Little Angel Theatre is one of the gems of London, and provides incredible world class puppetry for adults and children. As a 100 seat theatre, this is a beautiful intimate theatre, and is steeped in rich local history. Go Little Angel!

Matt L

Excellent place to see theatre. Brilliant quality theatre and nice staff! For the Win!

Emilie C

This is the only theatre I will happily travel the breadth of London for. I LOVE it!

Tamara A

Little Angel is a magical theatre where beautifully crafted puppets come to life before your eyes! Perfect and inspiring day out, especially for the little ones.

Roselyn S

Little Angel Theatre is absolutely amazing. My children and I have seen many productions at the theatre and we are always mesmerised by them. You completely forget that there are puppeteers behind working the puppets because they are brought to life and it is always a magical experience. My son attended a puppet making workshop and he absolutely loved the whole process. Brilliant gem in Islington! And they have autism friendly sessions too so that makes it accessible to all children. Well done Little Angel Theatre!

Kurt H

One of the best venues for puppet theatre in the world! Their productions are consistently excellent!

Flo H

Magical -affordable -wonderful for All ages - varied programmes -Fabulous

Seona M

The Little Angel Theatre is the most remarkable place tucked away in Islington. It is a hub of activity for adults and children alike and everyone is so welcoming. I did the wood carving marionette course and learnt so much and felt very privileged to be in the workshop

Seona M

The Little Angel Theatre is the most remarkable place tucked away in Islington. It is a hub of activity for adults and children alike and everyone is so welcoming. I did the wood carving marionette course and learnt so much and felt very privileged to be in the workshop

Nadia v

Little Angel Theatre is a wonderful venue showing beautifully made puppet shows for children.

Tania C

LAT is a dream of a venue both for performers and audience members. A precious little hub that warms your heart as soon as you get in and inspire you to go and create your own puppets...

Andreza C

The venue is just the right size and well organised . The selection of shows are amazing . My son just love it . Also this is a really important place to keep developing the amazing puppet shows

Davinia-Rae M

The staff are amazing there with so much love for the communit . And the theatrea nd shows are cute and fun. My son walked away obessed with their story.

Andrea M

This is one of my favourite theatres in London! Its cosy, intimate space allows the audience to be fully immersed in the performance, and the variety of puppetry shows engages children and adults alike.

Ann B

It is a great venue for people of all ages, entertaining and educational.

Tara W

Fantastic small venue that has some amazing shows - love the creativity and ideas shown.

Peyvand S

A tucked away treasure. This is a specialist puppetry theatre catering from babies to adults, and is the home of puppetry in the UK.

Katie O

The Little Angel Theatre is a real gem in the heart of Islington. It has bags of charm with wonderful productions that appeal to young and old alike.

Danae v

Beautiful, poetic and engaged shows, a perfect introduction to the joys of theatre and performance for the little ones!

Joanie S

Little Angel is the only theatre of its kind. It is perfect for little children and equally the productions geared to adults are amazing. It is a truly magical place.

Vanina M

Took my daughter to see We're going on a bear hunt. She loved it and so did I! The play was done absolutely faultlessly by very talented performers. The venue tucked away next to the church gardens is great and the staff is ver friendly.

Vicky H

This is a little gem that does much to support new creative talent and being innovative productions to the stage for young children and adults. If you've not seen a puppet show yet, you don't know what you're missing!

Victoria W

My baby girl enjoyed both of her trips to the Little Angel Theatre, and it's great that I don't need to pay for her ticket until she's one. We will definitely be regular visitors here.

Caroline s

What a great little theatre. Tailored made for little ones. They provide specially designated seats for toddlers so they get a great views. The plays are wonderful and just the right length! Lovely day out for families. The building is beautifully converted.

Alison B

This unique and intimate gem of a puppet theatre is a magical place which has continued to entertain, move and enthrall all members of our family (large and small) with its dedication to providing highest-quality productions, using superbly skilful puppetry and beautifully crafted puppets (many made at the workshop on site) since we discovered it almost a decade ago. Unassuming and unpretentious, it is always a to delight to visit and holds a very special place in the local community and far beyond. I therefore have no hesitation in nominating this wonderful place.

Sarah N

Awesome and inspiring plays. What a little gem it is. I enjoy it more as much if not more than the children!

Natalie S

Sweet little theatre with brilliantly creative shows. The puppeteers really seem to bring the puppets to life. Magical stuff!... and not just for kids!

Hana F

Totally unique, nowhere else like it. So much love and care has been taken to create such imaginative and engaging productions. My daughter absolutely loves it there and so do I. Children's theatre as it should be.

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