Uploaded on Feb 20, 2011
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The Puppet Theatre Barge
opposite 35 Blomfield Road
London W9 2PF
Movingstage was established in 1979 with the aim of producing marionette theatre. This type of theatre requires all elements to be in accord, including the venue. In 1982, after extensive touring, the company opened a theatre on a river barge. The theatre seats 55 and has all the conveniences and facilities of a modern venue. It is licensed by the City of Westminster.
The Theatre Barge has been open for over twenty five years and during that time it has hosted thousands of performances. It is now an established venue on the London theatre scene and is based in Little Venice, close to Marble Arch. Each year during the summer, the floating theatre makes a tour of the river Thames. The company has undertaken three British Council sponsored tours in the past. It has also received funding from The Arts Council, Richmond Council, Westminster Arts, Westminster City Council, the Lottery and various charitable trusts including the Gulbenkian Foundation, The Edward Harvist Trust and the Unity Theatre Trust.
The company aims to present innovative quality theatre with a view to raising the status and profile of the marionette. It therefore continues to commission new scripts and musical scores, whenever possible, from contemporary writers and composers. The company has an active educational policy and runs a programme of work in schools, reaching large numbers of children every year.