Patron - Michael Palin






The Puppet Theatre Barge

Little Venice, Blomfield Road, W9 2PF

How to find us


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Xmas season


Autumn Season opens with   

The Three Pigs and The Wolf


Captain Grimey

A double bill for 3  to 8 year olds

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October half term


The Three Pigs and The Wolf is a lively show that breathes new life into these well-known characters - each of the pigs has an air of mischief and naivety, while the wicked wolf has just a hint of a wry smile.
Captain Grimey is the dirtiest, most miserable, one-legged sea captain in the world. It is not until the golden Dolphin befriends him, and helps him to see the error of his ways, that he becomes Captain Shiney and finds true happiness, in this humorous morality tale.


Saturday 24 October at 11am and 3pm
Sunday 25 October at 3pm
Monday 26 to Friday 30 October at 11am and 3pm

Book Now

For this show

Box Office 020 7249 6876


Movingstage are proud to present a new production

for the evening


End Games

Based on the poetry of

Finuala Dowling


"Exquisite lighting design"

"...extraordinary emotional weight, truth

and humour..." Rachel Knightley - Remotegoat

Sophisticated puppetry for grown-ups


"End Games" will be presented

in Little Venice in the Autumn

as part of Suspense Puppetry Festival

                                         Book "End Games"


       Using puppetry, poetry and music, End Games is a marionette

      production based on the subtle and delicate verse of Finuala



      The result of careful craftsmanship, Dowling’s poems are an

      exploration of the ageing process, and provide  a framework

      for this unusual theatrical production. The audience is invited

      into the lives of a group of diverse characters who share their

      experiences together, with humour and warmth


       End Games aims to explore the disconnection between mind

       and body through the unique medium of puppetry. The poems

       are interspersed with scenes based on real-life dialogue and

       interviews with a range of adults who have experienced memory

       loss. By way of contrast, these dramatic and poetic interludes

       alternate with more abstract scenes and the whole work is

       beautifully underlaid by a soundtrack which fragments as the

       piece progresses.


       This production offers an imaginative and creative insight into

         the mind through the power of puppetry and the suspension of

       disbelief – End Games will push the boundaries of human

       theatre to provide a new and distinctive perspective on life. 


      "In economy and eloquence of gesture the marionettes

       excel...One moment of such supreme eloquence would

      justify the ticket price alone, but this show is packed

       with them."                        Rachel Knightley - Remotegoat

Saturday 31 October at 7.30pm

Sunday 1 November at 3pm

Monday 2 November at 7.30pm

Tuesday 3 November at 7.30pm

Wednesday 4 November at 7.30pm

Thursday 5 November at 7.30pm

Friday 6 November at 7.30pm

Saturday 7 November at 7.30pm

Sunday 8 November at 3pm

Book Now


Box Office 020 7249 6876


Master, Visa, Amex accepted

Children £8.50; Concessions £10; Adults £12




Xmas festivities start with



Mr Rabbit meets Brer Santa



Saturday 28th November

at 11am and 3pm


Sunday 29th at 3pm



5 December at 11am & 3pm

6 December at 3pm

12 December at 11am & 3pm

13 December at 3pm

19 December at 11am & 3pm

20 December at 3pm

21 December at 3pm

22 December at 3pm

23 December at 3pm



27 December


3 January 2016

All at 3pm

9 January at 11am & 3pm

10 January at 3pm


Book online for this show


Box Office 020 7249 6876

Children £8.50; Concessions £10; Adults £12
Master, Visa, Amex accepted




For more pictures of Brer and Friends


Xmas show details






     "Everyone who's visited the Puppet Theatre Barge knows

      it's one of the most charming theatrical experiences

      London has to offer. From the moment you step aboard

      you're transported to the wonderful world of Movingstage

      Marionettes, with their humourous, song-filled string-alongs."

                                                                         TIME OUT

      "My children were spellbound throughout and my senses
      were so tangled up, I needed a minute or two to collect

                                                        COUNTRY AND TOWN HOUSE

      "A gorgeous and skilful performance at a great location
. A

       visit to The Puppet Theatre Barge is the perfect treat for an

      adult or child."

                                                                   EVERYTHING THEATRE



                                                                              Grandma and kids


"But by and by, for we are gentler than we seem,
We turn to higher things,
And relegate the rumour of old age
To where it belongs, alongside
Other unbelievable scandals of fraud and bestiality."

                                                           Finuala Dowling


Barge proprietor Gren Middleton has written a book about

 the adventures of creating the Puppet Barge.


                           Like a Dead Bird Flying

           The foreword is written by Barge patron

                                Michael Palin

                 The above title is now on sale

 from the following outlets:

"A fascinating journey of discovery"