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Lancaster Marionette Theatre

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Address: 126 N Water St, Lancaster, PA 17603-3561
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+1 717-394-8398
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10:15 - 11:00
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Tue 10:15 - 11:00
Fri - Sat 10:15 - 11:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The Lancaster Marionette Theatre is one of the few marionette theatres in...

The Lancaster Marionette Theatre is one of the few marionette theatres in America, located in Historic Downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Robert Brock, the founder and Artistic Director, keeps this unique art form alive and well. He creates all the marionettes used in HIW productions, writes the scripts and music and performs in his unique one-man style. His humor appeals to children, as well as grown-ups. The John Durang Puppet Museum is open before performances. John Durang was the first puppeteer to be born in the USA. He was born in Lancaster in 1768. Backstage tours are given prior to every performance.The Marionette Theatre welcomes field trip groups. We hope to see you soon at one of our exciting shows. Thanks for visiting!

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Awesome time at the Marionette Theatre!

We had a great time at the theatre. It was charming, entertaining, funny, and a nice family event. I would recommend it to everyone!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
mremmel
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great time at the theatre. It was charming, entertaining, funny, and a nice family event. I would recommend it to everyone!

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Akron, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow. What a fun way for children to see live theater--- and get hooked for life. Our 5-year-old grandchild LOVED the play Cinderella's Christmas that we saw today. There was an informative tour before the performance to see how the marionette's are made--- followed by the play. Very entertaining for children and adults--- and the 35 minute production was just... More 

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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went with our daughter who thought it was great! Backstage tour before the show was fun, and we all loved the show. We go to every show they do, because they are all great.

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1 Thank ChetM1
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is still a December 26th performance of Cinderella's Christmas. Robert Brock makes the marionettes, gives a backstage tour, and singlehandedly stages and sings all the musical numbers to Christmas tunes with an audience-participation Jingle Bells finale. A wonderful show for all ages. We attend with a six-year old and enjoy it as much as she does. Well worth a... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved the XMas themed Cinderella show! Had a blast with adult friends and their kids. Go early and get the tour of the workshop before the main event. Highly recommend if you're in the area!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful mix of performance, craft, and history. Visiting a friends family with children and the theatre delivered for all ages. A must see if you're passing through the area. Thank you!

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Mongaup Valley, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

The Lancaster Marionette theater is a must see when in town. Robert is so talented - making the marionettes, doing the costumes, writing the shows, and making the performance a unique experience! The back stage tour was so interesting and Robert is such a gracious host! Fun for ALL ages. We saw Cinderella Christmas and it was just great! Loved... More 

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Thank Carol M
Altoona, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

This was a unique, colorful, creative, awesome performance by Robert Brock and his marionettes. He is so talented - he has traveled the world performing and teaching and learning. We saw "Peter Pan" and he was giving life to all the puppets - their actions and voices, (and he had carved and painted and "made" them). His mother is also... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Not just for kids. Check out their calendar for the "Grown-Ups" only shows. So much for for a different night out.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

This place is a treasure! Our kids, ages 6 and 8, had a blast here, and we grown-ups appreciated the charm and professionalism of the performance. We saw a 35-minute version of The Wizard of Oz, got to meet the puppeteer and learn how the puppets are made, and see the backstage and the small museum, for a minimal price... More 

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