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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The teeny tiny family who live under floorboards are going on a life-sized adventure at the Polka Theatre this summer. Charles Way's adaptation of Mary Norton's book 'The Borrowers' is a story of what happens when Arrietty and her family are discovered by humans - and have to flee to find a new home. Staged using puppetry, new songs, and plenty of excitement. Ages five to eleven.
A ragtag crew of adventurers set out to catch the mysterious Snark in this musical version of Lewis Carroll's famous nonsense poem. It opened in Cardiff last year, where it landed strong reviews for its up-to-date approach and quirky cast of puppets. 'The Hunting of the Snark' is adapted by playwright Annabel Wigoder from Lewis Carroll's poem. It also features an acoustic guitar soundtrack by Gareth Cooper, and is directed by Gemma Colclough. Suitable for the whole family.
Amira journeys through the stars in this imaginative intergalactic journey for kids. She's obsessed with all things space, so when she's forced to leave her home, it becomes a metaphor for her real-life refugee experiences. 'A Strange New Space' is a wordless solo show that uses puppetry and original music to tell her story. Ages three to eleven.