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AFTER GUILD EVENTS PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO OTHER INFORMATION: PUPPETRY SHOWS (ENGLAND COUNTY BY COUNTY IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER, THEN SCOTLAND, NORTHERN IRELAND & WALES.  THEN COMES EXHIBITIONS, TRAINING & WORKSHOPS IN A SIMILAR ORDER).  IF YOU WISH TO HAVE AN EVENT INCLUDED PLEASE EMAIL  peter@peterpuppet.co.uk.

UP-DATED May 3rd 2019

GUILD EVENTS.

until June 30: Exhibition of The Stavordale puppets at Bantock House Museum, Wolverhampton.  Buster & Madge Stavordale were loyal Guild members and fine puppeteers.  Exhibits include Mr Therm & Sir Kreemy Knut.

May 11, 2 pm Annual General Meeting at St Anne’s Church, 55 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D 6AF.  Puppetry entertainment follows the meeting. 

May 12, from 11 am: Covent Garden May Fayre & Puppet Festival.  In the grounds of St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, the Guild stall will be just to the right of the main doors – come and say hello.

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE: May 30 from 6.30 pm (for 7 pm):An evening at the Puppet Theatre  Barge, moored in Little Venice close to Warwick Avenue tube station and a short walk from Paddington Station.  Food, drinks, chats and a performance by The Movingstage Marionettes of “A Child’s Garden of Verse”.  Non-members welcome.  Free admission but a collection will be taken.

June 9, 11 am – 4 pm: SUMMER FAMILY FUN DAY at Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire, GL13 9PJ (phone 01453 810303. www.berkeley-castle.com  Puppetry from Professor Richard Coombs (Punch & Judy), Sarah Peasgood (Paper Theatre: “The Princess and the Pea” + puppet making workshop with Professor Pop-Up (Melvyn Rawlinson).

OTHER EVENTS

CUMBRIA

PENRITH

Upfront Puppet Theatre

(01768 484538)

phone for details

ESSEX

SOUTHEND-ON-SEA

Dixon Studio (Palace Theatre)

(01702 351135)

May 12

Lori Hopkins:

“Sourpuss”

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

BERKELEY

Berkeley Castle

(01453 810303)

www.berkeley-castle.com

June 9, 11 am – 4 pm

Summer Family Fun Day

with The British Puppet & Model Theatre Guild: puppetry from Prof. Richard Coombs “Punch & Judy” and Sarah Peasgood’s Paper Theatre “The Princess & the Pea” + Puppet-making workshop with Professor Pop-Up.

HERTFORDSHIRE

ST. ALBANS

Sandpit Theatre

(01727 799565)

July 30, 2.30 pm

Theatrerotto Productions:

“The Walrus & the Carpenter”

KENT

TUNBRIDGE WELLS

Tunbridge Wells Puppet Festival

11-13 October

LANCASHIRE

LIVERPOOL

Liverpool Empire

(0844 871 3017)

July 31 – August 17

National Theatre Company:

“War Horse”

ROSSENDALE

Boo Theatre

(01706 220241)

phone for details

LEICESTERSHIRE

LEICESTER

Attenborough Arts

(0116 252 2455)

May 31

Lori Hopkins:

“Sourpuss”

The Curve

(0116 242 3595)

September 18 – October 12

National Theatre Company:

“War Horse”

LONDON

BRENTFORD

Watermans

(020 8232 1010)

phone for details

HAMMERSMITH

Lyric Theatre

(020 8741 6850)

May 21 – June 15

Kneehigh:

“Dead Dog in a suitcase”

ISLINGTON

Little Angel Theatre

(020 7226 1787)

times of performance vary – phone Box Office for details

May 10 – August 4

Resident company:

“The slightly annoying elephant”

 May 23 – July 13

Resident company & Horse & Bamboo Theatre:

“Suffrajitsu”

(7-11)

July 5 – August 11 (in the Studio)

Resident company

“Little Angel By the Sea”

(3-8)

LITTLE VENICE

The Puppet Theatre Barge

(020 7249 6876)

until July 7

May  6, 11 am, 2 pm & 4 pm

from May 11, every Saturday 11 am & 3 pm

May 25, 11 am

May 27 – May 30, 3 pm

June 29, 11 am

Movingstage Marionettes:

“A Child’s Garden of Verse”

(4+)

May 30, from 6.30 pm

An evening with the British Puppet & Model Theatre Guild:

Food, drinks & chat + a performance by Moving Stage Marionettes of

“A Child’s Garden of Verse”

Free admission (but a collection will be taken so pay what you can)

Non-members welcome

PUTNEY

Antique Breadboard Museum

(020 8785 2464)

6 May, 7.30 pm

Helen Ainsworth:

“Janet”

(16+)

WEMBLEY

London Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre

(020 7452 3000)

October 18 – November 23

National Theatre Company:

“War Horse”

Back again

WEST END

Phoenix Arts Club

(020 7836 1077)

June 2, 4.30 pm

An afternoon with Drew Colby, hand shadowgrapher.

MIDLANDS

BROMSGROVE

Artrix

(01527 577330)

May 29

Lori Hopkins:

“Sourpuss”

NORFOLK

NORWICH

Norwich Puppet Theatre

(01603 629 921)

phone for details

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

NOTTINGHAM

Nottingham Playhouse

(0115 941 9419)

June 1

Lori Hopkins:

“Sourpuss”

OXFORDSHIRE

OXFORD

New Theatre

(0844 871 3020)

May 13 – 19

Kneehigh:

“Dead Dog in a suitcase”

August 22 – September 7

National Theatre Company:

“War Horse”

SOMERSET

August 23 – September 1

Bristol Puppet Festival

(watch this space!)

SURREY

WALTON-ON-THAMES

Riverhouse Barn

(01932 253354)

May 11

Lori Hopkins:

“Sourpuss”

(all the family)

SUSSEX

BRIGHTON

Theatre Royal

(0844 871 7627)

May 8 – 11

Kneehigh:

“Dead Dog in the Suitcase”

The Tipsy Bear (Brighton Fringe)

(01273 917272)

May 8/9, 7.30 pm

May 10, 5.30 pm

Helen Ainsworth:

“Janet”

(16+)

The Warren (Brighton Fringe)

(01273 987516)

 7/8, 9 May, 12.10 pm

Helen Ainsworth:

“Janet”

(16+)

YORKSHIRE

SKIPTON

October 4-6

Skipton Puppet Festival

(watch this space!)

SCOTLAND

GLASGOW

Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre

(0141 339 6185)

May 11, 2 pm

Talking Heads:

“Looking for Nessie”

May 18, 2 pm

Sokobauno:

“Galoshins”

June 1, 2 pm

Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre:

“Dinosaur Detectives”

June 21, 7.30 pm

Theatre Presto:

“Puck’s Midsummer Madness”

(Not sure if this is puppetry or not, phone Box Office to check)

WALES

RHOS-ON-SEA

The Harlequin Marionette Theatre

(01492 548166)

Shows daily – phone for details

EXHIBITIONS

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

CHIPPING CAMDEN

Court Barn

(01386 841951)

until July 21, Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

William Simmonds: puppets and sculptures

further details from admin@courtbarn.org.uk

HAMPSHIRE

Hastings Museum (01424 451052)

Small permanent exhibition of puppets from Hastings Puppet Theatre including   Professor Day’s Variety Pie Marionettes. Full set of Punch & Judy puppets and marionettes which include pianist, Joey, Scaramouch, acrobat). Puppeteers were Professor Day (1860 – 1939) and John Alston (until 1953) Free Admission

NYEWOOD: ˜Barley”,  Ramshackles, Nyewood, near Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 5JA.  Ventriloquists Club of Great Britain: Exhibition of vent figures, puppets & associated memorabilia. Every Friday 2 pm-4 pm

KENT

DEAL

Kent Museum of the Moving Image

(01304 239515)

www.kentmomi.org

includes shadow puppetry

LONDON

Pollocks Toy Museum 1 Scala Street, W1

(020 7635 3452)

10 am – 5 pm Mon – Sat

WELLINGTON

Waterslade Studios

(studios @ forkbeardfantasy.co.uk)

Inter-active puppetry exhibition

SUSSEX

BRIGHTON

Brighton Museum

(0300 029 0900)

Excellent collection of puppets, well displayed.

Tues – Sun 10 am – 5 pm

Brighton Toy & Model Museum

(01273 749 494)

small collection of puppets – but well worth a visit.

Tues – Frid 10 am – 5 pm  Sat 11 am – 5 pm

SCOTLAND

BIGGAR

The Biggar Puppet Theatre

(01899 220631)

Exhibition of puppetry, including Victorian marionettes. Open daily.

GLASGOW

The Scottish Mask & Puppet Theatre Centre 8-10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale,G12

(0141 339 6185)

phone for details

TRAINING

LONDON

ISLINGTON

Little Angel Theatre

(020 7226 1787)

Curious School of Puppetry (020 7689 3615)

www.curiouspuppetry.com

UK’s newest puppetry training school is led by Sarah Wright, Rene Baker, Toby Olie and Lyndie Wright.  The aims of the school are: To develop and encourage the emergence of talent in British puppetry, to provide expert hands-on training for theatre-makers and performers, to build links between existing professionals and developing artists.

See website for details.

SWISS COTTAGE

Central School of Speech and Drama.

BA course in puppetry and MA course in Advanced Theatre Practice (with a focus on puppetry). Details from www.cssd.ac.uk.

LONDON SCHOOL OF PUPPETRY (01756 753495/ 073597357/01453 833293)

Courses in shadow puppetry, marionettes, rods, hand or glove puppetry. A new Diploma course, to run on various Saturdays throughout the year. Marionette carving, choreography, living room theatre, cross arts performances, special needs work. Accredited by Middlesex University.   www.londonschoolofpuppetry.com

NORFOLK

TELEVISION PUPPETRY

Weekend course in Norfolk learning the art of television puppetry in a real TV set, using television hand puppets. Courses arranged on request: Ian Allen, Playboard Puppets 020 7226 5911/01379 674353

SUSSEX

SUCCESSFUL PUNCH AND JUDY

Tuition by Glyn Edwards 31 Connell Drive, Brighton, Sussex, BN2 6RT.  01273 308174, email: glyn@punch-and-judy.com  website: www.punch-and-judy.com.  Tailor-made tuition based on Glyn’s book of the same name.  Call to discuss your needs

WALES

MARIONETTE MANIPULATION

Tuition by Christopher Somerville 01492 548166.  Tailor-made tuition for singles, couples or groups. All enquiries Email: chris@punchandjudy.com

WORKSHOPS

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

BERKELEY

Berkeley Castle

(01453 810303/www.berkeley=castle.com)

June 9, 11 am – 4 pm

Puppet-making workshop with Professor Pop-Up

(part of event by the British Puppet & Model Theatre Guild)

LONDON

 ISLINGTON

Little Angel Theatre

(020 7226 1787)

phone for details

NORFOLK

NORWICH

Norwich Puppet Theatre

(01603 629 921)

phone for details

SOMERSET

BRISTOL

Puppet Place

(0117 929 3593)

May 10-12

Puppet Design and Fabrication: design and build an articulated table-top puppet

led by Lizzie Johnson

May 18

Shadow Puppetry with The Clockwork Moth

(18+)

May 23, 7.30 pm

Creative Café with Richard Sewell

(18+)

May 25, 10 am – 4 pm

Trash Hack Workshop

(18+)

SCOTLAND

GLASGOW

Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre

(0141 339 6185)

phone for details