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Puppet Theatre Barge

Neighbourhood: Paddington / Maida Vale
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Address: Blomfield Road | Little Venice, London W9 2PF, England
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Quite possibly the most enchanting place in London!

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... read more

Reviewed 18 March 2017
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London, United Kingdom
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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 reasonably priced snacks. In a word: adorable.

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1 Thank hotdrop1
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Thank you for the lovely feedback! Looking forward to your next visit. More 

London, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 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 full. For the technically minded, the co-ordination of the marionettes with the music is faultless,... More 

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

Bilbao, Spain
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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 Little Venice ...

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Glad you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for coming. More 

London, United Kingdom
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112 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
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 the imaginations of small children like little else. Put that on an old barge on... More 

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Thank Floripano
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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. More 

London, United Kingdom
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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 who both loved it and I wasn't bored myself either! Highly recommend.

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Thank sabal0nd0n
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I'm very glad you and both your children enjoyed the show. Thank you for the feedback. More 

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65 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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 loudness but once I got into the show I really enjoyed it as did my... More 

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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... In the summer when we are in Richmond, there's usually an ice cream van just... More 

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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2015 via mobile

We highly recommend a trip to the puppet barge for either the children's or the adult shows. We recently saw the children's show "Fowl Play" at Richmond. The theatre is beautiful and charming and much bigger than you would think and decorated with puppets. The staff could not be more helpful with the seating, making sure that children are sat... More 

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Thanks very much for the lovely feedback and I hope you enjoyed the adult show as much as you enjoyed the children's one. More 

Redwood City, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2015 via mobile

We visited the puppet barge theatre today and saw "Fowl Play - A Farmyard Adventure." After reading the earlier reviews we were very excited to see a show. Unfortunately, this particular show didn't live up to our expectations. Pros: -Unique location & venue -Very friendly staff -Reasonable ticket prices -Good sound system, lighting, effects Cons: -The story is in need... More 

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Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and sorry you didn't enjoy the show as much as you were expecting. I hope that in the meantime you visited again and saw shows that you enjoyed more... Fowl Play was written by Juliet Rogers, co-founder of the Puppet Theatre Barge, who has written and adapted for the marionette stage... More 

London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 8 June 2015

The most magical show, this is nor your end of pier puppet show but a wonderful visual and audio experience. Combines music, fine actors voices, and the most talented marionette puppeteers you will find anywhere. Do not miss this wonderfully professional theatrical experience staged with such imagination it will take your breath away. If that was not enough, a theatre... More 

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Thank you very much for the lovely feedback. So glad you enjoyed the experience. Looking forward to your next visit. More 

Gravesend, England, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
62 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 19 January 2015

This puppet show is only beaten by the big west end theatres. as a adult I was on the edge of my seat, the lighting effects was phenomenal and the plot line just dark enough to interest. As for the children, I have never seen a room of 30 plus kids so quiet. my three year old didn't say a... More 

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1 Thank Megan H
Management response:

Thank you very much for the lovely feedback and appreciation. We take great care in every aspect of the production, including the lighting, as you pointed out. The co-founder of the Puppet Theatre Barge, Gren Middleton, trained as a lighting cameraman and that explains why lighting is a main element in all the productions. Looking forward to your next visit. More 

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