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Address: Cayley Promenade, Rhos-on-Sea LL28 4EP, Wales
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The Harlequin Puppet Theatre is the first and only permanent Puppet Theatre...

The Harlequin Puppet Theatre is the first and only permanent Puppet Theatre to be built in Britain. It opened in 1958, is privately owned, and runs without subsidy or grants of any kind. It opens during all school holiday periods throughout the year and presents delightful entertainment for a family audience. Information about current shows is always available by telephone or from the website.

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We have just watched the hansel and gretal performance with our 6 and 3 year old boys. What an absolutely amazing show. The children were absorbed from the very start and to think... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 October 2016
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

We went to the Harlequin Theatre on Boxing Day - self, my children, my son in law and my three granddaughters. We are glad we went. We love puppets/marionnettes (regulars at the Puppet Barge when it is in Little Venice) but were unaware that we had booked accommodation so close to the UK's first permanent puppet theatre. We have never... More 

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Chris S, Owner at Harlequin Puppet Theatre, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your very generous review. I am delighted that you enjoyed the show. I take your point that your daughters would have preferred a bit more story line rather than musical fantasy, and they would probably have enjoyed last Christmas' production of "Aladdin" or "Sleeping Beauty" which is planned for Christmas 2017, but the value of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We have just watched the hansel and gretal performance with our 6 and 3 year old boys. What an absolutely amazing show. The children were absorbed from the very start and to think I was worried the 3 year old would get bored! He was actually stood up in his seat with eyes wide, clapping most enthusiastically throughout! The magic... More 

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Chris S, Owner at Harlequin Puppet Theatre, responded to this review

What a lovely review. Thank you very much. I too am constantly surprised at how well the under fours respond. Certainly 20 years ago many 3 year olds were still babies, but not any more. Their attention span is so much greater, and you can have a good conversation with them. I love having them in the audience. But the... More 

Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Lovely puppet show with a difference, puppets I haven't seen before. My 6 and 9 year old both really enjoyed it. Really simple good humour. Quaint purpose built theatre, with ice cream interval, magic show and show you how the puppets work at the end. For 90 mins well worth this lovely experience.

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Chris S, Owner at Harlequin Puppet Theatre, responded to this review

It is a great help to get constructive feedback and I am delighted that both your children enjoyed the show. I try hard to cater for a family audience and the challenge is to engage the youngest children without patronising the older ones. Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. It is encouraging. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Absolutely fantastic! The highlight of our visit to North Wales. Chris is incredibly talented and at the same time so pleasant! Thank you.

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Chris S, Stringpuller in chief at Harlequin Puppet Theatre, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the trouble to report on your visit to The Harlequin. I am so glad you had an enjoyable time, and hope you will be able to come again. More 

Rhos-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

This is the oldest purpose-built puppet theatre, built in the 1950s. Here for a half-term performance starting at 3pm. We booked in advance but plenty of people had turned up without. I would still advise it. There was a short play based on a children's fairy tale, an interlude where ice cream was available at a good price, then a... More 

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Chris S, Owner at Harlequin Puppet Theatre, responded to this review

Thanks for your positive review Sally, much appreciated. The Harlequin is indeed the oldest purpose built puppet theatre in Britain, in fact it is the ONLY purpose-built puppet theatre in Britain and it's now in its 58th year! More 

Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

I first visited the Harlequin Puppet Theatre as a child just a few years after it opened in 1958. I decided to go back there a few days ago (some 50 years later) to renew my memories of it, and I was not disappointed. This beautiful little theatre still has the same charm as it did all those years ago.... More 

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Chris S, Owner at Harlequin Puppet Theatre, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind words, I am so pleased you were not dissappointed. So often when trying to recapture a past pleasure the experience is a bit of a let-down. Obviously your imagination is as healthy as it was all those years ago.Do come again - but don't leave it so long this time! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

Went today and Chris was VERY welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble and he was a true gentleman and dressed very smartly in suit and tie. The show was great and the skill in making the puppets move was amazing! Then came the magic, he kindly got my autistic son involved, and was very very good with him, as he... More 

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Chris S, Owner at Harlequin Puppet Theatre, responded to this review

Thank you, and I'm delighted you enjoyed the show. Your son's contribution added to the show, as do all my young helpers. Without the children I am nothing, it is their imagination and sense of fun which is quite as important as any puppeteeering skill. More 

Bangor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2016

We have been to see most of the shows here over the last two years. My daughter has enjoyed them since she was two years old and my son (nearly seven) still adores them. They always follow the same format: main show, magic show then Marionette Cabaret (when the puppeteer comes onstage with string puppets so you can watch how... More 

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Chris S, Stringpuller at Harlequin Puppet Theatre, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your very kind words. It delights me that while so few children these days are taken to any kind of theatre, the ones who are show the same sense of fun and imagination that children have always had and can thoroughly become entranced by entertainment which isn't on a screen. I am so thankful for... More 

Llanfairfechan, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2016

We took our grandchildren and their 2 friends on New Year's Eve - a party of 8 adults and 6 children age ranged 11 months to almost 6yrs - to see Aladin and his magic lamp. All had recently had been to big production "live" pantomimes so we were a little anxious that they would not connect with the atmosphere... More 

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Chris S, Puppet Master at Harlequin Puppet Theatre, responded to this review

Thanks so much for writing a review. It means a lot to know that the show is appreciated by the adults as well as by the children for whom it is really designed. Of course there's a bit of the child in all of us isn't there? More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2015

We went to watch Aladin just after Christmas on 27/12/15 with my 2 and 4 year old boys. Unfortunately, my 2 year old slept through the show and missed it. However, my 4 year old really enjoyed it and all of us had lots of fun. It was magical and very good value for money. This morning my son asked... More 

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Chris S, Owner at Harlequin Puppet Theatre, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed the Christmas Show, and thanks for taking the trouble to write a review. We next open for the February Half Term when we are planning to show Hans Anderson's "The Princes and the Swineherd". There will of course also be Magic tricks as well as the puppet show. More 

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