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String Theatre

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Wed 15 - Sun 19 Jan
Wed 22 - Sun 26 Jan
Wed 29 Jan - Sun 2 Feb
Wed-Fri 7.30pm
Sat & Sun 11am & 3pm

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Runs: 60 mins /
including short interval
Age Guidance: 4+
£13 adults / £9 children / £10 concessions
+£1 transaction fee
Tel: 020 7249 6876

After-show discussion:
Sun 19 Jan after 3pm show

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A special treat for the whole family. Enter a different world.

After a harsh beginning of child labour in an unforgiving adult world, a little chimney sweep's suffering ends when he is transformed into a water baby. As he plunges into an underwater realm of fish, caterpillars and caddisflies we are drawn into his adventures in the colourful depths, swept along with his dreams and new freedom. With specially commissioned music, beautiful, long-string marionettes and ghostly shadows, this gorgeous new production inspired by Charles Kingsley's famous novel explores themes of loss, friendship and transformation.

From its unique home on a converted Thames lighter, String Theatre has toured its shows to Asia, South America, North Africa and throughout Europe. Step on to the gangplank, climb aboard and leave the real world behind. As the ship's bell rings, the magic starts.

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"The beauty and movement of the puppets transfixes the audience"

Animations Online

"An inventive mix of puppetry and magic lantern… using forced perspective, multi-sized puppets, elaborate staging (and a really sweet dog), String Theatre brought a cinematic quality to their letterbox sized stage that had the adults in the audience entranced"

String Theatre


Performers: Elizabeth Barron, Sarah Fitzpatrick,
Stan Middleton/Soledad Zarate