'Shakespeare: The Puppet Show'


Imagine you are a puppet in the V&A collection, and you’ve been in storage for 10, 20, even 100 years.

A rumour circulates that a Shakespeare performance is being planned that will feature puppets from the very vaults in which you lie. What would you be willing to do to get a part in that play, to be returned to your former glory and reunited with your adoring public? A lot, it turns out!

As part of the V&A’s Shakespeare Festival, theatre collective The Puppet Story present a musical puppet extravaganza celebrating Shakespeare’s enduring influence and showcasing the V&A’s fabulous puppetry collection. Weaving some of the Bard’s most spellbinding words and characters into a magical and riotous story set in the present day, this 30-minute performance will also demonstrate the workings of a range of puppets, both newly created for the show and chosen from the V&A collection. An entrancing and informative half hour.

For all ages

Show dates and times:

Mon April 14: at 12 and 2pm
Tue April 15: at 12 and 2pm - please stay for a free Q&A event after the 2pm performance
Wed April 16: at 2:30 and 4pm
Thu April 17: at 2.30 and 4pm
Sat April 19: at 12 and 2pm - please stay for a free Q&A event after the 2pm performance

Tickets £5 each; £15 family tickets

Please note tickets can booked online here until 5 minutes before the advertised performance time. We highly recommend you book in advance. Cash preferred on the door but there will be the facility to pay online via the Eventbrite website. Please note there may be a queue.

On the day please visit the Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Level 3, at the V&A 30 minutes before the performance to see if any tickets or returns are available. 

Please ensure you bring the booking confirmation with you.

Supported by Arts Council England, Golsoncott Foundation, V&A and Puppet Centre

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Date: Saturday 19 April
Time: noon
Location: Victoria & Albert Museum, Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Level 3
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