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Fall 2017 is Full of Puppet Theater in NYC!
Check out our calendar of recommended shows here.

Symphony Space

2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York, NY

Alex Griffin

Milo the Magnificent *

Alex & Olmsted

January 6, 2018
11:00am & 2:00pm

Using stunningly innovative puppetry, Milo the Magnificent tells the tale of Milo, a hard-working and aspiring entertainer and magician always ready to put on his best show. As he unpacks his latest achievements in science and magic, he finds that the best of plans don’t always go as expected.

Alex & Olmsted (Alex Vernon and Sarah Olmsted Thomas) have been making puppets together since 2010. Alex is a silhouettist and automata engineer, and Sarah is a fifth-generation artist and clown. In recent years they have performed at the Kennedy Center, The Puppeteers of America Festival, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry in Connecticut, and Bread and Puppet in Vermont.

Age range: 2-7

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Presenters Grant (2017) & Workshop Grant (2017)

New Victory Theater, New 42nd Street Studios

229 W 42nd Street
New York, NY

A Sick Day for Morris McGee *

The Train Theater (Israel)

January 13 - 28, 2018
January 13 & 14 - 10am, 1pm, 4pm
January 15 - 10am
January 19 - 1pm
January 20 & 21 - 10am, 1pm, 4pm
January 26 - 1pm
January 27 & 28 - 10am, 1pm, 4pm
Tickets starting at $20

Every day, Morris McGee takes the No. 5 bus to his job at the zoo. Every day, he lovingly attends to the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the owl and the rhinoceros (who always has a runny nose). Every day, that is, until it's Morris who has the sniffles! Based on a Caldecott Medal-winning book by Philip C. Stead, this charming puppetry performance about one creature of habit and his kindhearted coterie will warm your heart and chase away the winter chills.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Presenters Grant (2017)

Flushing Town Hall

137-35 Northern Blvd.
Flushing, NY


Flushing Town Hall

January 20, 2018
$14/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children

Borja González tells us, with only a little bit of sand and his hands, the story of two people throughout their lives, from the dreams that start building up during their childhood, through the experiences of their adult life. This nonverbal story carries audiences to moments filled with emotions. This show is accompanied by beautiful live music.

Tickets: $14/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children.

Members call Box Office (718)463-7700 ext 222) for Workshop tickets. Workshop availability is limited.

Free for Teens 13-19 with ID.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Presenters Grant (2018)

BAM Fisher, Fishman Space

321 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, NY

Photo: Chuck Osgood

The Magic City *

Manual Cinema

February 6 - 9, 2018
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday - 11am

Nine-year-old Philomena's inner world materializes as a pint-size metropolis of found objects in this magical retelling of Edith Nesbit's 1910 fantasy novel. With the help of toy theater, shadow puppetry, live music, and live actors in silhouette, she copes with the loss of her parents and the challenges of her new blended family, eventually finding a way to reconcile her Magic City with the reality of the world outside it.

* Recipient of a Production Grant (2017) and Presenters Grant (2017)

Symphony Space

2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York, NY

The Joshua Show: Episode 2 *

Joshua Holden

February 24, 2018
110:00am & 2:00pm

Suggested age range: 2-9 years old The Joshua Show evokes the feeling of joy in audiences of all ages by teaching valuable lessons about celebrating our differences, finding joy in everyday life, and respecting honest feelings. It’s about friendship, confidence, and the value of being yourself. Mr. Nicholas, a sock puppet and Joshua’s soulmate, makes an unnerving self-discovery that causes him to spiral down a path of loneliness and hopeless despair. How do you cheer up when life gets you down? Find out in this whimsical production featuring multiple styles of puppetry, live music, physical comedy, and tap dancing!
Recommended for ages 5+

Joshua Holden (creator & host) is an award-winning international puppeteer, actor, and joy-maker based in NYC, and was named one of "20 Theatre Workers You should Know" by American Theatre Magazine. Joshua was on the Broadway national tour of AVENUE Q, the Lead Puppeteer in Peter Pan 360 (ThreeSixty Entertainment), and garnered an Arts Impulse award as well as an IRNE nomination for "Best Actor In a Musical" as Bill Snibson in Me & My Girl (Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston). He worked with international street artist Banksy on his controversial piece Sirens of the Lambs. A proud Massachusetts native and an alumnus of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, he earned a B.F.A. in Acting from The Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University.
For more about The Joshua show, visit

Age range: 2-7

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Presenters Grant (2017)

Symphony Space

2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York, NY


Lightwire Theater

March 17, 2018
11:00am & 2:00pm

Electroluminescent creatures light up the darkness in this glow-in-the-dark, heart-rending original tale of a loveable dinosaur and his scientist creator.

Truly unique and visually dazzling, DINO-LIGHT has been praised for its cutting edge blend of puppetry, technology, and dance, and has dazzled audiences all over the world.

"An eye-popping display of storytelling that's like nothing else you've ever seen ... a force to be reckoned with" –

"It is a wonderful hour of fantasy that combines ancient, wordless storytelling with modern technology and music." –LA Times

Age range: 2-7

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Presenters Grant (2017)

Symphony Space

2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York, NY

Wink *

Spellbound Theatre

March 24, 2018
110:00am & 2:00pm

What happens when we go to sleep? Spellbound Theatre's "Wink" is an imaginative and multi-disciplinary performance that explores dreams from the perspective of a young child and her bear. Blending shadow puppetry, physical theatre, and animation, this unique show is a captivating journey designed to engage and inspire the very youngest audience members. Inspired by the classic poem, "Wynken, Blynken and Nod," Wink transforms a familiar bedroom into an imaginative world full of surprises.

Age range: 2-7

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Family Grant (2013)

Puppetworks Theatre

338 Sixth Avenue (at 4th Street)
Brooklyn, NY
Pinocchio meets the Beggar Lady

Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola, Photo by Racioppi



September 9 - December 17, 2017
Saturdays, Sundays - 12:30pm and 2:30pm
Monday, October 9 - 12:30pm and 2:30pm
Child $10, Adult $11, Groups (20+) $9 per person

Puppetworks is pleased to announce the Fall presentation in its Brooklyn Theatre: Carlo Collodi's 1882 Adventures of a Marionette: "Pinocchio."

Adapted by Puppetworks' Artistic Director, Nicolas Coppola, "Pinocchio" features traditional hand-carved wooden marionettes, an original song score, the Blue Fairy and a "live" actor as Stromboli the Puppet Master. 6 colorful scenes range from the excitement of Boobyland with its Donkey Machine to the eerie glow of undersea where the Whale lives.

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

The Three Bears Holiday Bash

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

November 11 - December 30, 2017
November 11-26
Tuesday-Friday 10:30am & 11:30am
Saturday & Sunday - 1:00pm

November 27-December 30
Monday-Friday - 10:30am & 11:30am
Saturday & Sunday - 1:00pm

Special Holiday Schedule
November 23, December 24 & 25 - closed
November 22 - 10:30am & 11:30am
November 24 - 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm
December 26-30 - 11:00am &1:00pm
$8 children/$12 adults

The Three Bears Holiday Bash is a variety show that celebrates the holiday season in song, dance and puppetry. The production quickly becomes a comedy of errors when Baby Bear invites Santa to star in Mama and Papa Bear's annual Christmas Eve holiday show. Join in on the fun with sing-a-longs of holiday favorites “I Have A Little Dreidel” and “Feliz Navidad.”

Written and directed by the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre’s longtime Artistic Director, Bruce Cannon, The Three Bears Holiday Bash draws from the stories of Hanukkah, “The Night Before Christmas,” and Kwanzaa, making it a fantastic way to get into the holiday spirit!

Museum of the Moving Image

Happy Henson Holidays

Museum of the Moving Image - Jim Henson's World

December 2 - 31, 2017
$15 ($11 seniors and students / $7 youth (ages 3–17) / free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels and above).

A series of holiday-themed Henson programs ranging from classic adaptations, TV specials, and more. It includes 25th anniversary screenings of The Muppet Christmas Carol and a 40th anniversary screening of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas with Marilyn Sokol (Ma Otter) in person to present outtakes from the special.

John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together & The Muppet Show with John Denver - December 2 & 3, 1:00pm, December 10 11:00am

A Muppet Family Christmas - December 9 & 10, 1:00pm

The Muppet Christmas Carol - December 16 & 17, 1:00pm

Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas - December 23, 1:00pm

Christmas Eve on Sesame Street - December 24, 1:00pm

Bear in the Big Blue House: "A Berry Bear Christmas" - December 30, 1:00pm

Jim Henson's The Christmas Toy / "The Bells of Fraggle Rock" - December 31, 1:00pm

Theater for the New City

155 First Avenue
(between 9th and 10th Streets)
New York, NY 10003
New York, NY
Addison Lawlor announces Our Domestic Insurrection Circus in Glover, VT!

Leonardo March

The Honey Let's Go Home Opera

The Bread and Puppet Theater

December 7 - 17, 2017
Thurs.-Fri. 8 p.m.
Sat. 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Sun. 12/10 3 p.m.
Sun. 12/17 8 p.m.

Bread & Puppet Theater returns to their annual December residency at Theater for the New City on the lower east side. Their first week showcases their "Domestic Insurrection Circus," a big & colorful family-friendly political circus including paper maché tigers & horses, singing devils, towering billionaires, and more -all accompanied by a swinging brass band. The second week, they will perform their newest show: "The Honey Let's Go Home Opera," an uncomposed collaboration between singers, music-machines, instrumentalists, brightly colored puppets and objects to the theme of going home. Suitable for all ages.

Bread and aoli to be served (for free) after every show!

New York Public Library - Columbus

The Gingerbread Man

WonderSpark Puppets

December 19, 2017

"Run, run, as fast as you can - you can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

The classic story of a little running cookie - with a Christmas twist. Watch the Gingerbread Man outwit and outrun various hungry animals - and figure out what he really wants for Christmas.

New York Public Library - Epiphany

The Gingerbread Man

WonderSpark Puppets

December 20, 2017

"Run, run, as fast as you can - you can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

The classic story of a little running cookie - with a Christmas twist. Watch the Gingerbread Man outwit and outrun various hungry animals - and figure out what he really wants for Christmas.

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts

250 Bedford Park Boulevard
West Bronx, NY

La Belle, Lost In The World Of The Automaton


January 28, 2018
$25 General Admission

A giant art work of a play with 100 moving parts that will engage you like no other show… Animated effects every 30 seconds… Steampunk finesse… Whimsical, dramatic and heartfelt… This is the new Imago Theater and they are at their best!

For the first time in over 35 years, the acclaimed Imago Theater has created a new fairy tale experience for audiences of all ages. La Belle, Lost in the World of the Automaton ­meshes elements of steampunk and automata with the original classic La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast).
Set aboard a steamship circa 1920 La Belle is the unlikely love story of the ship’s coal stoker (Sam Stoker) and one of the vacationers on the ship (Lady Rose). When she takes refuge from a storm while on deck Rose finds herself in Sam’s engine room far below. She is drawn to a myriad of trunks and treasures accumulated there, including objects of Sam’s own creation and discovers that he has constructed the story of La Belle et la Bête in the world of the automata (figurines brought to life by the ingenuity of clockwork mechanics).
She also knows the story of Beauty and the Beast and soon joins him in the telling. They become friends, beautifully melding the real and fantasy worlds while playing the characters of Beauty and the Beast, and beyond their control they fall in love. Like a giant toy containing moving gears, machines and a backdrop of a whimsical ship, the physical set is a kinetic and animated environment from which over a 100 effects, puppets and automata emerge to tell this magical tale.

Minskoff Theatre

200 W. 45th St.
New York, NY


The Lion King

Julie Taymor - Director

Sundays 3:00pm, Tuesdays 7:00pm , Wednesdays 2:00pm & 8:00pm , Thursdays 8:00pm , Fridays 8:00pm , Saturdays 2:00pm & 8:00pm

Disney's Tony-winning show continues to dazzle at the Minskoff. Any child who hasn't yet seen it must catch director Julie Taymor's wildly imaginative puppet spectacle. A cast of 46 sings the Elton John-Tim Rice score, which tells the story of Simba, a cub destined to be king of his pride.

Puppetry in NYC title image is from Project B - 3 Works, photo by Jane Stein.