Library shows

As your library gears up for literacy programmes such as the Summer Reading Challenge, please keep in mind that puppetry can inspire a lifelong interest in books.  The Puppet Theatre Barge a venue beloved by adults and children alike since 1978, offers a double-bill of The Three Little Pigs plus Captain Grimey to libraries at a special discount. Movingstage, the touring component of the barge theatre , can set up a small puppet booth in your library for a few hours to enhance your library’s reading programmes.

The Three Pigs and Captain Grimey represent an ideal way to enrich learning programmes by opening the child to the “World of Imagination.”  The Three Pigs rallies children to the familiar and well-loved classic English folk tale, while Captain Grimey tells the whimsical story of a fisherman with a peg leg, bullied by his friends after an unfortunate encounter with a sea monster.





Another lovely benefit to hosting Movingstage puppet shows in your library is that parents can enjoy the shows along with the children, further strengthening the bond of learning.  Even if English is not the first language for the family, the strong visual element of the shows conveys the stories strongly and can tie in to programmes such as Family Reading Groups and Chatterbooks.

You can contact Puppet Barge/Movingstage directly for more information or to schedule a booking at 020 7249 6876 or email:

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Movingstage Marionette Company
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The excitement spilling over from watching the puppets can be channeled into books related to the themes in the shows, and can support literacy programmes such as Enjoying Reading.  Books which complement these shows include The Three Little Pigs by Nicola Baxter, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas, Mandie and the Mysterious Fisherman by Lois Gladys Leppard, Fisherman Fred by Tony D. Triggs, and The Fisherman and the Theefyspray by Paul Jennings, and many others.  These shows can also help introduce children to books on traditional English folk tales, fables and folk tales from around the world, and Grimm’s fairy tales.



Puppet Barge


The first performance on the barge was presented in 1982. Described as one of "London's more elusive treasures" it is an established 50 seat theatre with comfortable seating and all modern facilities.

A unique venue, it is fully heated in the winter and cooled in the summer.

The Puppet Barge is rich in atmosphere and provides the ideal setting for the imaginative shows produced by this company.

The theatre presents marionette and rod puppet spectacles throughout the year at Little Venice, central London and at Richmond-on-Thames.

The Barge is cooled in the summer and fully heated in the winter


                    The Barge moored on the RiverThames

The Puppet Theatre Barge
is moored at Little Venice
opposite 35 Blomfield Road
London W9 2PF

arts council england supported by city of westminster unity theatre trust

We welcome people with disabilities, but due to the historic construction of the vessel we are unable to provide standard wheelchair access. Please make prior arrangements in this regard.
We do have a new Hearing Loop installed in the auditorium.
Shows are given frequently off the barge in other venues, by arrangement and are available for booking.

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Please contact 020 7249 6876