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Puppet Theatre Barge

Blomfield Road | Little Venice, London W9 2PF, England
+44 20 7249 6876
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Simply Dreadful

Took the pantomime loving grandchildren along the towpath to the Richmond Puppet barge.Lovely... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2017
London, United Kingdom

As a puppet theatre fan since my childhood i always had a soft spot for this art in my heart... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2017
Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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The Puppet Theatre Barge is a unique, fifty-seat marionette theatre on a converted barge in London. The theatre presents puppet shows for children and adults and is moored in Little Venice throughout the year and in Richmond-upon-Thames during the summer. The company produces shows taken from traditional children’s tales such as the Brer Rabbit stories, Aesop's Fables and original work featuring Punch, as well as drama by writers[1] such as William Shakespeare and Federico García Lorca, and has also commissioned original plays from contemporary published writers, such as Wendy Cope,[2] Howard Barker[3][4] and Finuala Dowling.
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  • Very good5%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
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“canal barge” (2 reviews)
“little venice” (4 reviews)
“all ages” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Blomfield Road | Little Venice, London W9 2PF, England
Paddington / Maida Vale
+44 20 7249 6876
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Reviewed 1 September 2017

Took the pantomime loving grandchildren along the towpath to the Richmond Puppet barge.Lovely sunny day and a sense of anticipation was in the air - we were all looking forward to some skilful action in Aesops Fables. What a letdown ! - curtain rose on...More

Thank DavidBrown44
Reviewed 28 August 2017

As a puppet theatre fan since my childhood i always had a soft spot for this art in my heart. Wherever i travelled and there was puppet theatre on show I tried to visit. Over years I introduced my three children to this beautiful magic...More

1  Thank birmi2017
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

What a lovely experience this was. A puppet theatre on a barge! Brilliantly done. We watched "Captain Grimey" and "3 Little Pigs", couldn't have been better. The kids loved it and so did the adults. Unforgettable.

Thank thewandere
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

We were in London for 5 days and I wanted to visit little Venice and I discovered this cute little puppet show on a barge. We were staying in Paddington, so it was a 15 min walk along the canal, which was really lovely. It...More

1  Thank Kristina I
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Absolutely love this place! A barge that has been converted into a teeny tiny theatre (tiered seating) facing a stage on which stringed puppets enact enchanting plays. It is truly magical. All the shows I've been to have an interval where you can buy very...More

1  Thank hotdrop1
Management response:Responded 12 April 2017

Thank you for the lovely feedback! Looking forward to your next visit.

Reviewed 18 February 2017

So glad we did this - a totally absorbing presentation, not surprised it is regularly fully booked. This is for children of all ages, from nought to one hundred. Reserve on line, and be well on time to settle and enjoy the experience to the...More

Thank John L
Management response:Responded 12 April 2017

Very glad you enjoyed the whole experience! Thanks for visiting.

Reviewed 15 February 2017

A fantastic experience of watching puppets on a canal barge, which you can only imagine doing when you go with children. In fact the show likes almost more to adults than to children, because it is very poetic. The music very suggestive. Worth also visiting...More

1  Thank Jaio_espia
Management response:Responded 12 April 2017

Glad you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for coming.

Reviewed 25 October 2016

This was my third trip to the Puppet Theatre Barge, each time when moored in Little Venice, and each time with small children. We hope to change that my seeing the Ancient Mariner in November, though! There is something about well done puppetry that captures...More

Thank Floripano
Management response:Responded 12 April 2017

I hope you enjoyed The Ancient Mariner as much as you enjoyed the other shows you saw with your grandchildren. Thanks for the lovely feedback.

Reviewed 26 August 2016

What a great thing to do with the kids! From the minute you step on the barge (exciting for the children already!) to the cozy surroundings, great quality puppets and really amazing performance. I went with a two year old and a six year old...More

Thank sabal0nd0n
Management response:Responded 12 April 2017

I'm very glad you and both your children enjoyed the show. Thank you for the feedback.

Reviewed 31 March 2016

We came here recently with my daughter who's 5, she enjoyed the puppet show and so did I. It took my a good ten minutes to get into the show just because of me being used to the modern day shows, the big screens and...More

Thank Sapphire2829
Management response:Responded 12 April 2017

Thanks for your feedback and glad you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for your suggestion; as you gathered there isn't space for the children to have ice cream comfortably (besides the auditorium) and we don't have the facilities for keeping the ice cream in the foyer......More

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3 January 2015|
Response from Gren M |
Thanks for your interest. We are currently showing "Fowl Play – a farmyard adventure", featuring carved farmyard animal marionettes with exciting lighting and soundscape. Performances on: June 13 at 11am and 3pm June 14 at... More