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Muppet power! RSC uses puppet legends for My Neighbour Totoro staging
The RSC’s version of the Japanese classic has smashed box office records – before the curtain’s even gone up. We meet the Jim Henson puppeteers bringing Studio Ghibli’s beloved fluffy monsters to life

Chris Wiegand

28, Jun, 2022 @1:39 PM

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Toy story: costume designer launches museum dedicated to children’s play
Oscar-winner John Bright will put his vast collection of antique puppets, dolls and trains on show at new venue in East Sussex

Donna Ferguson

05, Jun, 2022 @7:00 AM

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I Want My Hat Back: Jon Klassen classic goes from shoebox-sized puppet show to the stage
Two friends delighted half a million kids with a tiny production in a cardboard box. Now they’re sizing up the much-loved bulbous bear for the Little Angel theatre

Kate Wyver

16, May, 2022 @1:25 PM

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Giant puppet Little Amal to meet Ukrainian refugee children in Poland
Model of 10-year-old Syrian girl that has become symbol of compassion will visit border town of Przemyśl

Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent

10, May, 2022 @9:56 AM

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Calvino Nights review – irresistible theatre that sharpens the senses
Based on Italo Calvino folk tales, Kneehigh founder Mike Shepherd’s bounteous show features burning instruments, puppetry and political outrage

Chris Wiegand

04, May, 2022 @2:30 PM

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Olivier awards 2022: the full list of winners
Find out who won what at the Royal Albert Hall ceremony where Cabaret was toasted and Life of Pi proved a roaring success

Chris Wiegand

10, Apr, 2022 @8:35 PM

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Room review – chaos reigns as circus superstar James Thierrée climbs the walls
Thierrée plays an architect whose building won’t behave and a director whose performers don’t listen in a playful if disjointed production

Chris Wiegand

30, Mar, 2022 @11:46 AM

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Why Mother’s Day was no cause to celebrate for creator of Thunderbirds
Despite his fame, Gerry Anderson never forgot pain of childhood, new documentary reveals

Dalya Alberge

27, Mar, 2022 @5:30 AM

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Letter: Leonard Fenton obituary
Erika Fox writes: Leonard Fenton struck just the right enthusiastic tone

Erika Fox

13, Mar, 2022 @4:22 PM

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The 10 worst puppets on Australian children’s television – sorted
Puppetry experienced a golden age in the 80s and 90s – and children enjoyed some deeply unsettling and downright grotty characters

Angharad Lodwick

27, Feb, 2022 @4:30 PM

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Animal Farm review – beguiling puppetry makes Orwell’s fable more equal than others
A startling handsome production of George Orwell’s allegorical fable, with hints of kabuki and film noir, is given ever more meaning and relevance by current news events

Arifa Akbar

27, Feb, 2022 @11:32 AM

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Manipulate festival review – a wealth of delights for the imagination
Magical AR miniatures and a dream-like circus drama are among the impressive productions opening this celebration of visually led theatre

Mark Fisher

31, Jan, 2022 @12:01 AM

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