The Harlequin Puppet Theatre

Hans Andersen's


Hans Andersen is perhaps best known for his famous fairy tales; "The Little Mermaid", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Emperor's New Clothes" or "The Snow Queen", perhaps, which was the inspiration for Disney's "Frozen"

Altogether he wrote around 50 fairy tales as well as many other stories, poems and novels.

The Swineherd

(AKA The Princess and the Swineherd) is not one of his best known stories, but is certainly one of the most unusual, and nobody ever guesses the end!
After an interval, when Ice Cream is available, we continue with the show.


Mr Bimbamboozle will again be presenting some of his Magic Tricks with assistance from children in the audience. This is always a very popular part of the show.

We end the show with what has become a tradition at the Harlequin, our acclaimed


This is Chris demonstrating his mastery of Marionette Manipulation in full view so that we see exactly how the strings are pulled.


With all the Government restrictions now lifted the onus is still on us to work to a risk assessment regarding covid-safety and so we have decided to continue to limit numbers and keep some social distancing for a little longer. Therefore we NEED YOU TO BOOK IN ADVANCE so that we can plan your seating.


You are no longer obliged to wear a face covering, but please, by all means, continue to do so if it makes you feel more comfortable.

Because our theatre is small it is not practical to be able to pre book particular seats.But because the theatre is small and because the theatre auditorium is raked everyone has a good view. The best seats for children are not necessarilly at the front, However because people feel they want to be as near as possible we do fill in from the front as people book. So book early and you will be nearer the front.

At the moment the only way you can book seats is online, and pay by PayPal or a Card. You do not need a PayPal account, you can still use PayPal to pay by CARD in the usual way. You do not have to join PayPal however they will ask you for your details just as will any other merchant from whom you are buying online.
Within a few minutes of your booking you should get an email from PaypPal confirming your booking and mentioning the number of seats and also the date you have booked. Just check that these details are correct.
If you don't get this email then please check in your "Junk" or "Spam" Folder in case it has been wrongly classified by your email filter.
I too will have received a notification from PayPal and will have allocated seats and reserved tickets in your name. You should collect these from the Box Office when you arrive at the theatre for the show. The show starts at 3pm.

The email receipt from PayPal is really all you need, but I usually send a second receipt (usually next day) confirming the details.

The Harlequin Puppet Theatre opens throughout the main school holiday periods: The February, Easter, Spring Holiday and October half terms together with the main Summer Season from the end of July into early September.

Shows are daily at 3pm and are designed to appeal to the whole family.

To check current opening and production details you are advised to telephone 01492 548166.

Most shows last an hour and a half or more. There is an interval when ice cream is available.

Prices: Adults £7, Children & Seniors £6.50

Click to learn more about the Harlequin Puppet Theatre


Mr BIMBAMBOOZLE is also available during term time for Birthday parties and School Workshop presentations.


Britain's premier Marionette Theatre regularly presents wonderful puppets shows including pantomimes at Christmas. The Harlequin is Britain's first and only permament theatre designed and built for puppets. Established 1958. Situated in North Wales between Llandudno and Colwyn Bay at Rhos on Sea the Harlequin Puppet Theatre presents a pantomime Christmas Show each year. The panto starts on Boxing Day. This is ideal family entertainment and delightful for children. It is not too far to travel from Cheshire, Chester, the Wirral, Merseyside and christmas pantomime bookings can be made online. The 2021/22 show is Aladdin. Also in the show is Mr Bimbamboozle with his magic tricks with a great deal of audience participation and help from the children. The show, as always, ends with the Amazing Marionette Cabaret.->