Puppet Theatre Barge

Theatre, Puppetry Maida Vale
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 (Aerial view of the barge)
Aerial view of the barge
 (Full auditorium)
Full auditorium
 (Mazda the mouse)
Mazda the mouse

Moored at lovely Little Venice, this intimate water-borne theatre is the setting for quality puppet shows that put a modern twist on traditional tales and kids’ classics. Movingstage, a touring puppet company established in 1979, anchored here in 1982 and has since produced critically acclaimed marionette and animation shows for a mini 55-seat audience. The barge is here from October to July, with regular performances on Saturday and Sunday and a daily schedule during school holidays. The barge moves to Richmond from August.

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Venue name: Puppet Theatre Barge
Address: Little Venice
Blomfield Rd
W9 2PF
Transport: Tube: Warwick Avenue
Price: £12, £10 seniors, £8.50 children
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An utter delight. First of all, the barge is moored in scenic Little Venice. Second, the theatre itself is an ingenious setup. It's a novel experience to watch a play in a narrowboat, but it works well; visibility is good from anywhere in the boat, and the experience is charming and intimate. Third, the play I saw was good-natured fun - good for both children and adults in touch with their inner children.

Nicky G

When I first walked into the Puppet Barge, I felt like I'd walked into Mary Poppins's bag. Where did all this space come from? Are we still on a boat? Who knew an entire puppet theatre could fit inside a barge, and still feel like a real puppet theatre? Because for some reason I didn't quite imagine that this place would be actual theatre-sized but it turned out to be more spacious than than some theatre-above-a-pub setups I've been to. For one thing, there was staggered seating, which was very helpful for short people like myself and meant being right at the back still gave us a good view. The show itself was Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, which was very charming in an old-fashioned kind of way. Amazingly you can also get a cup of tea and a snack to watch the show with which was an unexpected bonus. I don't know whether this is meant for kids, but it was a lovely enjoyable evening for three adults.

Daniele Signerin

Your work is wonderful, I am a costumier and a puppeteer non-professionnel, and I always loved puppets! I make my puppets and there outfits, I write the stories and make my shows. I would like to be able to take a course with you if possible. Many thanks. Dany