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Norwich Puppet Theatre

St James, Whitefriars, NORWICH, NR3 1TN
01603 629921

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Stel & Wes Fight the Flood
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Stel the Stoat and Wes the Weasel are best friends. The year is 2050 and their natural habitat is looking a little less natural than it should.

When Herb the Hawk delivers news that a flood is on the way there isn’t enough time to avoid disaster, and Stel and Wes get separated as the waters rise. The only way they can stay together is to travel back in time and stop the flood from happening! Join these feisty friends as they try everything they can to Fight the Flood.

Dynamic puppetry, chances to interact with the story, and some seriously catchy music.

Norwich Puppet Theatre:
2-5 Aug at 11am & 2:30pm
Sat 6 Aug at 11am
(Please note Wed 3 Aug 11am is a Relaxed performance)

The Plantation Gardens:
Sat 6 Aug at 6pm
Sun 7 Aug at 6pm

Recommended for ages 3+

Up Jumped the Crab
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A charming puppet story showing a day at sea with the Cromer crab fishermen of North Norfolk.

The show is approximately 25 minutes long and will be followed by a drop-in style workshop where all audience members can get crafty with a making activity. In this workshop, participants can make their own bottle top crabs, alongside other activities.

Fri 19 Aug at 11am, 1 & 3pm

Appropriate for all ages

Fri 19 Aug at 11am, 1 & 3pm
Appropriate for all ages

£12/£40 family for four

Laika the Space Dog
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Laika The Space Dog is a lively family show that retells the story of Laika, the first dog in space! Audiences are invited to see an alternative ending whereby Laika undertakes the journey of a lifetime, returning to earth to a joyous Shero’s welcome.

Featuring a beautifully crafted puppet, a riveting soundtrack, and a few surprises, Laika the Space Dog will delight children and adults too. The show is approximately 20 minutes long and will be followed by a pop-up space-pup puppet workshop alongside some other activities.

Sat 20 Aug at 11am, 1 & 3pm
Recommended for ages 3+

£12/£40 family of four

The Four Friends
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Donkey wants to become the world’s first Singing Donkey, so he sets off for the big city. Along the way he makes some musical minded friends... Have you ever heard animals sing?
A show about how it’s never too late to find your own voice and make new friends. Colourful puppetry, silly mask characters, and bags of audience interaction make this a fun and rowdy show for everyone.

The show is approximately 40 minutes long and will be followed by a pop-up scene workshop, as well as some other crafty activities.

Sun 21 Aug at 11am and 2:30pm
Recommended for ages 6+

£12/£40 family of four


Within walking distance of the city centre and train station. Nearest public car park is a 2 minute walk away.


There's a small carpark immediately adjacent to the Theatre, otherwise the nearest pay and display carpark is under the St Crispins flyover - 2 minutes walk from the Theatre.


The Theatre has a small shop/cafe where you can purchase sweets, snacks and drinks, as well as gifts and souvenirs. The shop is open during all public events.


Just around performance times

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Norwich Puppet Theatre (NPT) is one of only three dedicated puppet theatres in England and provides a year round programme of puppet shows and workshops. Housed in the purpose converted Mediaeval church of St James’ there is an instant wow factor as you enter the foyer and see the display of puppets from the Theatre’s 36 year history.

The building has a ‘Tardis’ feel in that people are surprised to find a fully equipped 170 raked seat theatre space in what was the main aisle of the church. The seating focuses on the stage – equipped with puppet trench and marionette bridge – and ensures all audience members get a good view of what is going on. The stage hosts Norwich Puppet Theatre’s own productions, as well as those from visiting puppet companies, and the boards are trodden by drama, music and dance groups as well. The Octagon studio – added in 1985 – works as a multifunctional space hosting their very popular puppet making workshops (for all ages from 3 years up) as well as performances of shows for the very young.

As a centre for excellence the Theatre offers regular professional development opportunities through its masterclass workshops working with international practicioners. NPT’s community role cannot be underestimated and the Theatre regularly welcomes school groups to performances and workshops. However travel is not open to all, so NPT on the road is an important part of the Theatre’s work – visiting venues across the country with their productions, as well as taking workshops and shows into Norfolk and Suffolk schools.

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