The Puppet Theatre Barge: Live puppet shows for the holiday season

Thanks to the Cultural Recovery Grant the Puppet Theatre Barge received in October 2020 from Arts Council England, they are able to put on live puppet shows during the winter holiday season! A film of the show will also be available for purchase online for those unable to attend in person.

The Crow’s Tale by String Theatre

The Crow’s Tale tells the story of a Crow with colourful rainbow feathers that flies to the sun to
save the world from an endless winter.


Inspired by a Lenni Lenape Native American legend, and based on the picture book (of the same name) by Naomi Howarth, Crow embarks on a journey that will transform his appearance forever.

Kindness, generosity and courage shine through in this seasonal snowy tale, retold using string marionettes.

With a soundtrack of achingly beautiful original music, and accompanied by Howarth’s original text, The Crow’s Tale is a piece of moving and heartwarming puppetry guaranteed to delight adults and children alike.


“It was hard to know whether to be amazed by the technical virtuosity of the two puppeteers,
impressed by the beautifully crafted puppets, or wowed by the stunning stagecraft. In the end, I was simply swept away by an enchanting story, lovingly told..” – The Corn Hall Theatre

The Puppet Theatre Barge is London’s most unusual theatre venue – a unique fifty-seat
marionette theatre on a converted barge, a hidden gem in the heart of the city.

The barge is moored in Little Venice from October until July and, on the Thames, in Richmond during the summer months.


The Puppet Barge has been presenting drama for over 35 years and is one of the last remaining theatres in the UK dedicated to the art of the marionette.

Production Credits

  • Puppets and set by String Theatre
  • Music by Josh Middleton
  • Directed by Kate Middleton, Josh Middleton & Rob Humphreys
  • Performed by Stan Middleton, Soledad Zarate, Bori Mezö

Running time: 45 mins (no interval)



Puppet Theatre Barge, opp. 35 Blomfield Road, London, W9 2PF


Live Shows:

  • 5 December 2020 to 30 January 2021
  • December 2020
  • December 5th/6th/12th/19th-23rd/28th-31st at 11am and 2pm


  • December 13th at 11am
  • December 27th at 3pm

January 2020

  • Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm
  • No shows 16th/17th

Online shows

Film available for purchase from 15th December 2020


  • Relaxed Performance: 28th December at 11am
  • Captioned Performance: 23rd January at 2pm

For press enquiries or press tickets please contact Press are welcome at any performance with prior notice.

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