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Life of Pi review – the animals are the stars in this puppet-powered show
This stage version of Yann Martel’s novel is exquisitely designed but the wonder leaks away in flat-footed storytelling

Arifa Akbar

02, Dec, 2021 @11:00 PM

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A Christmas Carol review – a clever, Cardiffian spin on the Christmas classic
Panto tropes are happily pooh-poohed with a gender-swapped Scrooge and properly terrifying puppetry in Joe Murphy’s triumphant Dickens redo

Gareth Llŷr Evans

01, Dec, 2021 @2:23 PM

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No turkeys allowed! 25 of the best shows to book for Christmas 2021
Looking for a jolly good trip to the theatre this winter? Here’s our pick’n’mix selection of musicals, pantos and festive spectaculars, featuring circus tricks, high kicks and puppet rodents

Chris Wiegand

16, Nov, 2021 @3:33 PM

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‘The tiger seems to breathe’: Life of Pi comes alive in the West End
The pandemic-delayed staging of Yann Martel’s novel is finally arriving in London, and the star of the show is a mesmerising puppet

Mark Fisher

31, Oct, 2021 @5:00 PM

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The week in theatre: The Walk; Wuthering Heights – review
Little Amal makes human hearts beat faster, while compassion fuels Emma Rice’s great whirl of a Brontë adaptation

Susannah Clapp

31, Oct, 2021 @10:30 AM

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The Magician’s Elephant review – a puppet you’ll never forget
It is spirited and witty, with superb puppetry and comedic performances, but this new musical’s songs don’t stay with you and the messages are overdone

Chris Wiegand

28, Oct, 2021 @11:01 PM

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‘It’s going to be bigger, stranger’: Neil Gaiman on the return of The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Two years after its first staging, Neil Gaiman’s dark fairytale has returned, this time to the West End. The author, cast and creative team discuss bringing the eldritch magic of childhood to life

Kate Wyver

21, Oct, 2021 @1:00 PM

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The Guardian view on Little Amal: telling the unpalatable truth | Editorial
Editorial: The puppet’s journey from Turkey to the UK charmed audiences – but also discomfited them. And that’s the point


20, Oct, 2021 @6:02 PM

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‘People felt threatened even by a puppet refugee’: Little Amal’s epic walk through love and fear
From being pelted with stones in Greece to receiving a papal welcome in Rome, the giant girl’s migrant trek from Syria to Manchester provoked powerful responses

Amelia Gentleman

18, Oct, 2021 @1:29 PM

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Little Amal in Britain: giant puppet of Syrian girl reaches her journey’s end
Three-metre tall figure will land on Folkestone beach after walking thousands of miles across Europe

Harriet Sherwood Arts correspondent

17, Oct, 2021 @2:20 PM

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Dead Puppet Society’s Ishmael: gender-flipped Moby Dick meets intergalactic saga
Herman Melville’s classic novel gets a futuristic reimagining in a high-tech puppet show for Brisbane festival

Steve Dow

02, Sep, 2021 @5:30 PM

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Dragons and Mythical Beasts review – watch out for the tooth fairy!
Puppeteers subtly animate a range of folkloric beasties, including a magical unicorn and screechingly strange fairy, in this comical, spellbinding show

Miriam Gillinson

16, Aug, 2021 @11:11 AM

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