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A collage of the different shows for Newcastle Puppetry festival

Newcastle Puppetry Festival


The 5th edition of the Newcastle Puppetry Festival will take place 30th March – 7th April 2024. To find out more about the wider programme (including free events) taking place around the city, visit 

Newcastle Puppetry Festival has been made possible through funding from Arts Council England, North of Tyne Combined Authority, Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, Heritage Lottery, National Lottery Community Fund, Postcode Lottery, Barbour Trust and the Malings Community Fund.  


Northern Stage

Northern Stage
Barras Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne


Bookable events

A puppet with a large white circular face, two small black eyes and a round nose.


Stage 3
A cat puppet wearing pearls in between two red curtains.

Moving Parts Puppet Cabaret

Stage 3
Puppets made out of cardboard and a performer.

Cardboard Carnival

Stage 3
An Acorn puppet


Stage 2
Two puppets in black and white.


Stage 3
A dragon puppet sits on top of a harp.

Sea Dragon

Stage 3
The promotional image for Exuvia. A puppet on a bike on a tightrope going towards a hand reaching out of a box.


Stage 2
A wooden puppet with a face shaped like a shoe who is making shoes.

The Elves and the Shoemaker

Stage 3
The poster for Frankenweeine by Tim Burton

Frankenweenie (Feature Film)

Stage 3
Puppets made out of paper

Ghost Stories: Tales of the Supernatural

Stage 2
A glove on a cushioned pillow

Stop Motion Animation Film Night

Stage 3
A troll puppet and a hedgehog puppet in front of a mountain landscape.

The Nosy Little Troll

Stage 3
Three puppeteers with a plain puppet

Meet Fred

Stage 2
A man creating a large silhouette of a face with his hands.

Cinema in Silhouette

Stage 3
A large puppet of an Elephant head and a man standing next to it in the dark.


Stage 2
Two small wooden puppets called Snug and Bug

Snug and Grub Catch a Bug

Stage 3
A puppet wearing a witch hat and glasses and a person with a red bowl hair cut wearing white face paint and a white gown.

Voices of Evil

Stage 3

Free Events (no booking required)

Puppet Olympics 

Hosted by Life & Limb Puppets (of Gateshead) 

Wed 3rd April | 8.30pm (until the bar closes) | Ages 18+ | FREE / by donation on the night  

Northern Stage: Stage 3  

Puppet Olympics is back again for its fourth annual ceremony of games and awards. A relaxed social evening of puppet-themed fun – no puppetry experience needed! Life & Limb Puppets will rally teams to create their own puppets from recycling, before putting them to the test in a series of Olympic challenges. Prizes to be won!  



Meet the Puppeteers Q+A: Lempen Puppet Theatre 

Mon 1st April | 6.30pm | 30 mins | FREE (no booking required)  

Northern Stage: Play Space


Meet the Puppeteers Q+A: Sarah Vigars 

Tues 2nd April | 6.30pm | 30 mins | FREE (no booking required)

Northern Stage: Play Space


Meet the Puppeteers Q+A: Raven Kaliana 

Wed 3rd April | 6pm | 30 mins | FREE (no booking required) 

Northern Stage: Play Space 


Meet the Puppeteers Q+A: Alison McGowan 

Thurs 4th April | 6pm | 30 mins | FREE (no booking required) 

Northern Stage: Play Space


Meet the Puppeteers Q+A: The Paper Cinema 

Fri 5th April | 6.15pm | 30 mins | FREE (no booking required) 

Northern Stage: Play Space


Meet the Puppeteers Q+A: Zannie Fraser 

Sat 6th April | 6pm | 30 mins | FREE (no booking required) 

Northern Stage: Play Space

There are two entrances to the theatre, Kings Road Entrance (this is the taxi drop-off/collection point) and the Main Entrance.

Both level entrances have automated doors. These lead into the foyer area where you will find the Restaurant, Bar, Box Office and entrances to Stages 1, 2 and 3.


Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available


There are five wheelchair positions in Stage 1, two positions in Stage 2 and all seats are removeable in Stage 3.


Accessible toilets in Stage 3 and Stage 2 lower entrance lobby.


Induction loop system in all public spaces, and an infra-red system in all three stages. (In Stage 1 the induction loop is best covered in rows E – L).


One free ticket for the assistant of a disabled person who is not able to attend unaccompanied.


To book a free ticket for a wheelchair companion or an assistant, contact our Box Office on 0191 230 5151, via email at or by visiting our Box Office in person.


Guide, hearing and all working dogs are welcome here.


Stage 1: Seats are 43 cm wide, 41cm deep, with 46cm between arm rests. The aisleway is 51cm deep from the seat back. Arm rests cannot be removed.

Stage 2: Seats are 40cm wide, 41cm deep. The aisleway is 64cm deep from the seat back. There are no arm rests.

Our seats are rated to British Standards at installation and are guaranteed to hold up to 110kg.

More Information

To discuss any access needs, take a look at our access page or please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.

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