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Nottingham Puppet Festival inaugural opening and puppet blessing

Development sketch work by Suwoo Son

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) School of Art & Design, along with our partners the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall and City Arts, are proud to support Nottingham's first-ever Puppet Festival, taking over Nottingham from Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 March.

To celebrate this exciting festival, we'd like to invite you to join us in the Waverley Theatre on Wednesday 21 March – World Puppetry Day, for a special inaugural opening.

  • From: Wednesday 21 March 2018, 6.30 pm
  • To: Wednesday 21 March 2018, 8 pm
  • Location: Waverley Theatre, Waverley Building, Nottingham Trent University, Waverley Street, Nottingham,
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Event details

Join us from 6.30 pm to witness final year (BA Hons) Theatre Design students and their giant pelican and jellyfish puppet creations giving a sneak preview performance, followed by a showcase of first year performance work. The official opening will commence at 7 pm.

To join us for drinks, canapés, performances and surprises, email to RSVP.

Read more about the student performances over on our news pages.

About Nottingham Puppet Festival

Celebrating the artistry of puppets and puppetry along with the communities that inspire the stories they tell, over four days you’ll find puppetry of every kind in all corners of the city. From mechanised hippos and a giant Iron Man to intricate marionettes walking the streets and delicate shadow puppets dancing.

There’s a fantastic mix of shows including the multi award-winning National Theatre production of War Horse, late-night puppet cabaret, political satire, family fun, as well as the retelling of classic stories.

There are talks and workshops for both aspiring puppeteers and professionals. Hear from those behind cult classics including Thunderbirds and Spitting Image. Join in conversations about how puppetry is reaching diverse communities and enriching lives.

From Friday to Sunday see the Market Square becomes a pop-up puppet village from morning till night, with free street theatre, shows and music and marvellous sights and sounds. The Festival will round off on the Sunday with a vibrant Puppet Parade, featuring puppets of every shape and size, live music, special guests and, hopefully you too!

Find out more

To view the full programme of events, talks and performances, including how to book, please visit the Nottingham Puppet Festival website, where you can also join the mailing list.

Partners: Nottingham Puppet Festival has been produced through a partnership between Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall Nottingham, City Arts and Nottingham Trent University.

Image: Suwoo Son, puppet jellyfish sketch work, final year BA (Hons) Theatre Design

Location details


Waverley Theatre, Waverley Building


Nottingham Trent University
Waverley Street


Situated on the University’s City Campus, the Waverley building is a short walk from Nottingham city centre. Due to our central location we don’t have visitor parking available, but public transport will bring you almost to our door.

If you’re intending to park in the city centre, the closest (and largest) facilities to our City Campus are:

Travel Info:

Visitors traveling on the tram are advised to get off at the Nottingham Trent University stop on Goldsmith Street.

Visit our travel pages for campus maps and detailed information on how to get here.

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