File puptcrit/puptcrit.0812, message 12


To: <puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2008 21:59:21 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Permanent Puppet Theatres


What about the Bil Baird Marionette Theater on Barrow Street in NYC?  Ah, 
the happy, exciting times I spent there.

Robert Rogers

> Just a quick mention of the Puppetry Arts Institute in Independence MO
> founded in 2001 which has a museum devoted to Hazelle Rollins and a
> "permanent" theatre
>
> Ray
> 28 years is a great accomplishment
>
> I have been pondering the term "permanent" theatre, and I have also been
> wondering what is the oldest "permanent" puppet theatre in operation in a
> particular building
>
> Those other permanent  theatres, the ones for humans, have not always been
> so permanent either
>
> The Globe lasted for 14 years 1599-1612, the second globe on the same site
> lasted for 28 years until the puritans closed it down. Globe #3 appeared 
> in
> 1997
>
> There have been 4 theatres on the same site in London, all called the 
> Drury
> Lane, The first one lasted 9 years before it burned, The current one is 
> 196
> years old.
>
> Puppet theatres?
> Turnabout and Kungsholm "permanent" theatres lasted for less than 20 years
>
> Margo Lovelace had a theatre in Pittsburgh from about 1962-1977
>
> Do we the count the Standwells as a permanent theatre? for over 20 years
> they entertained 24 lucky viewers in a theatre in a private apartment on
> Central Park West in New York.
>
> Research for contenders for oldest puppet theatre building in Europe-at
> same location
> 1.Palermo, Italy, Sicilian marionettes, current theatre space set up 1933
> (other candidates?)
> 2.Toone Theatre, Brussels Belgium, current theatre first opened 1966 in 
> 17th
> century building
> 3.Salzburg was in the same space 1913-1962 (49 years) current theatre 
> first
> used 1971 in an 18th century building
> 4.Hanneschen Theatre in Koln (Cologne) Germany  one of the oldest puppet
> traditions in Europe, set up in its current space in 1938
>
> 5.The oldest Czech puppet theatre building dates from 1920 in Louny
> 6.The Empire of Puppets in Prague was built  in 1925. UNIMA was founded
> there in 1929
>
>
> 7.My candidate for the oldest theatre building in Europe  created for
> puppets would be the theatre in Munich built in 1900 (did it survive the
> war? it could be a rebuilt theatre. not 100% sure)
>
> Would love to hear more on the subject.
> Steve
>
> On Mon, Dec 1, 2008 at 10:38 AM, PuppeteersUK <Ray-AT-puppeteersuk.com> 
> wrote:
>
>> Norwich Puppet Theatre is certainly still operating but the question is:
>> how
>> 'permanent' is permanent?
>> Today 1st December marks its 28th birthday, but this year, because of 
>> Arts
>> Council England's withdrawal of regular funding it is now without an
>> artistic director. Consequently it has currently become a touring house
>> only
>> for visiting puppet companies, and no longer creates and tours its own
>> productions.
>> By coincidence my son Nik and his partner Sarah as 'Noisy Oyster' is
>> performing there later this month, with a rejuvenated version of our old
>> "Circus Caprice".
>> Ray DaSilva
>> []
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: EM Martin <ffantona-AT-yahoo.com>
>> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
>> Sent: Sun, 30 Nov 2008 8:40 am
>> Subject: [Puptcrit] Permanent Puppet Theatres
>>
>> 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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