What You Need To Know About Puppet Theatre Barge:
The Puppet Theatre Barge is a charming 50-seat puppet theatre that spends October to July moored at Little Venice and the summer months in Richmond. The theatre offers a varied repertoire built around classic stories including fables, Shakespeare and Punch. It has also been known to programme new work from writers. It puts on shows for both adults and children.
The theatre opened in 1982 and was stationed in Camden Lock. Six years later it moved to Little Venice, where it still spends most of the year. It’s one of the most unique theatre spaces in London and well worth visiting, particularly with children for one of its many family-friendly shows on offer.
Top Facts About Puppet Theatre Barge:
- The Puppet Theatre Barge’s patron is the comedian, actor, writer and presenter Michael Palin.
- From 1984 to 2008, the barge would spend the summer travelling up and down the river Thames, sometimes travelling as far as Sandford-upon-Thames near Oxford.
- The Puppet Theatre Barge’s resident theatre company Movingstage do venture onto dry land occasionally to bring puppetry and stories to primary schools and other children’s venues.
Key Information About Puppet Theatre Barge:
For Little Venice (October-July)
Tube: The closest tube is Warwick Avenue (Bakerloo line), which is a three-minute walk from the barge.
Train: The closest mainline station is Paddington, which is a 15 minute walk to the barge.
Bus: Bus numbers 6, 46, 187, 414, 18, 16, 98, 332 and 159 all travel closeby.
For Richmond (July to September)
Tube: The closest tube station is Richmond (District line), which is a 20 to 25 minute walk to the barge. Alternatively, you can jump on the number 65 bus from the station.
Train: Richmond station is served by South West and London Overground trains. It is a 20 to 25 minute walk to the barge. You can also get on the number 65 bus from the station.
Bus: The number 65 bus travels close to where the barge is moored. To plan your journey in more detail, please visit the Transport for London website.
On-street parking is available close to where the barge is moored both at Little Venice and Richmond. However, please be aware of restrictions and charges.