File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 491

Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2008 13:13:45 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Permanent Puppet Theatres

One group that many of the Puppet Theaters (brick and mortar, not just 
companies) belong to is UNIMA. You'll probably have to add a country 
designation after it to find a listing, ie UNIMA- USA for that are.

There are a fair number of puppet theaters in the US that I can think 
of off the top of my head:
The Puppet Co. Playhouse in Glen Echo, MD (the only puppet theater in 
the US conceived and built from the ground up specifically for 
The Puppet Showplace in Brookline, MA (near Boston)
Goat on a Boat in Bar Harbor, LI, NY
Penny Pretzel Playhouse in Orange, NJ
The Center for Puppetry Arts (with two theaters in the same building) 
in Atlanta, GA (also hosts UNIMA-USA, and a puppetry Museum)
The Greater Arizona Puppet Theater in Phoenix, AZ
Wonderment Puppet Theater in Martinsburg, WV

several I can't think of the name of at the moment, including
one in San Diego in a park
one in Oakland in a Storybook Park
one in Seattle/Portland area I believe
one in Minneapolis, MN
one or two in Florida

and I'm sure I've missed some

Also in Japan I know there is PUK Puppet Theater in Tokyo and The 
National Bunraku Puppet Theater in Osaka. Both PUK and NBPT also tour, 
but they have home theaters. I think there are others in the country, 
but I'm not positive.

I would be willing to bet that, with their history of puppetry, China 
has several. And there used to be one or two in Russia, as well as some 
of the Eastern Block countries, but I don't know if they are still 

Have you tried a Google search? Also someone on this list maintains a 
list on their site that includes many puppet theaters. I believe Tackey 
(or something like that), so you might do an archive search of the list 
as well.


On Nov 30, 2008, at 8:40 AM, EM Martin wrote:

> As we are between holidays, I was wondering how many permanent puppet 
> theatres existed. Not the many puppet companies, but the relatively 
> few companies that have permanent facilities.
> I know of at least 4 puppet theatres in England:
> The Harlequin Marionette Theatre in Wales
> The Puppet Barge
> The Norwich Puppet Theatre if it still exists (is it the Norwich Mask 
> and Puppet Theatre?)
> The Little Angel
> And one in Ireland:
> The Lambert Puppet Theatre
> Are there others? What about in the US, Canada, and Mexico? Is there a 
> group they all belong to?
> Happy Thanksgiving!
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