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20 July 2004 1554 BST

Puppets at the Puppet Theatre

Treat your kids with a visit to the Norwich Puppet Theatre which has a variety of delightful shows this year.

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All shows cost £6.00 for adults and £3.75 for kids. Students and senior citizens £4.20.

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From shadow to rod puppetry, the Norwich Puppet Theatre is set to entertain kids and adults alike with a fun-packed programme in 2004.

Norwich Puppet Theatre Programme
January - August 2004

A typical puppet

Saturday 14 - 21 February at 2.30pm
Theater Taptoe presents Scrooge Just - A Christmas Carol.

The Theater Taptoe have travelled from Ghent, Belgium to present this production based on Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol.

Using body, shadow and rod puppets the story illustrates Scrooge's discovery of why he is sad and miserable - he may be rich but money does not buy happiness.

With the help of the ghost of his former business partner and the spirits of the past, present and future, Mr Scrooge goes through a roller coaster of emotional experiences before a happy ending!

Theater Taptoe is the premier Belgian puppet company and the show is suitable for six-year-olds and over.

Wednesday 18 - 21 February at 12.30pm and 2.30pm.
Norwich Puppet Theatre presents Jack and the Beanstalk.

When Jack sells their cow for a handful of beans his mother is not pleased.

But overnight the beans grow, Jack climbs higher than the clouds and his adventures begin.

Jack and the Beanstalk is an inventive retelling of a well known story with dramatic surprises.

Played on a set resembling a child's bedroom the performance combines acting, puppets and toys with live music to produce an absorbing theatrical experience. For three to eight-year-olds.

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Sleeping Beauty in the Wood

Saturday 6 March at 2.30pm
Little Angel Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty in the Wood.

A long time ago, one disgruntled fairy cast a spell that sent the whole world into a spin…

From the director/designer of The Frog Prince comes a dreamlike fantasy of palaces and forests, ogres and fairies, princes and babes.

This new production works with puppets, projections, machines and music to weave an irresistible magic. Suitable for three-year-olds and over.

Tuesday 6 -16 April at 2.30pm
Norwich Puppet Theatre presents Pinocchio.

A children's favourite - a story of the puppet tempted by a fox and a cat and swallowed by a whale is performed using masks and puppets inspired by oriental traditions.

Wednesday 14 - 17 April at 2.30pm
Norwich Puppet Theatre presents Thumbelina.

Hans Christian Andersen's tale of a girl, no bigger than a thumb, and her encounters with a frog, mouse, mole and a swallow.

This production uses traditional glove and rod puppets with live accordion music.

Saturday 1 May at 2.30pm
Cornelius & Jones presents The Toy Theatre.

Paper puppets at a old Victorian theatre come to life, their lives change forever. Jack, is an unhappy puppet and decides to leave his attic home for the London street below in search of adventure. Here he learns about life on the Victorian streets.

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Jack and the Beanstalk

Saturday 29 May at 2.30pm
Banyan Theatre Company presents Cinderella Ashputtel

This production draws on all the traditional Cinderella stories in a one woman puppet play using puppets and objects.

As Cinderella had no bed but was made to lie by the hearth among the ashes and as she was always dusty and dirty, they called her Ashputtel.

Wednesday 2 -5 June at 2.30pm
Norwich Puppet Theatre presents Harlequin.

Using glove puppets, Harlequin tells the story of the miser Pantalone marrying off his beautiful daughter Columbine to ugly rich Punchinello.

Pantalone is in love with Harlequin and is miserable with Punchinello (who is a conventional Mr Punch). This cast includes a hilarious dancing rod-puppet chicken, Mr Punch's disintegrating horse and some dreamtime characters.

Thursday 29 July - 28 August at 11.00 and 2.30pm
Norwich Puppet Theatre presents Snow White.

One of children's best loved classics. Banished from the castle because of her beauty, Snow White survives a tiger attack deep in the forest before finding sanctuary in a little house.

Fortunately some of the dwarfs who live there are on holiday so there is room for Snow White to stay....but is she safe from the wicked Queen?


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