The Harlequin Puppet Theatre

Hansel and Gretel
Hansel and Gretel is a fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm and published in 1812 in "Grimmís Fairy Tales".

Hansel and Gretel are a brother and sister lost in a forest, where they fall into the hands of a witch who entices them with a house made of gingerbread, cake and toffee.. The cannibalistic witch intends to fatten the children before eventually eating them, but Gretel outwits the witch by pushing her into her own oven. The two children then escape with their lives and return home with the witch's treasure.

Despite its dark theme this is probably the most popular of all the Grimmís Fairy Tales, even among very young children. If you are bringing a young child who does not already know the story then it might be a good idea to read it to them. It is important that they know beforehand that the story features a wicked witch, and that they also know that all ends happily ever after.


Most of the Government imposed rules have now been lifted.But the onus is still on us to work to a risk assessment and so we have decided to continue to limit numbers and keep some social distancing for a little longer. Therefore we WILL ONLY ADMIT FAMILIES WHO HAVE BOOKED IN ADVANCE so that we can plan your seaating.

Also it is still the law that all Adults visiting the theatre will have to demonstrate that they have been vaccinated(2 jabs) or, if not, that they have had a current test showing they are free of covid. If you need more detailed information CLICK HERE.

It is still the law that all adults, unless excused for medical reasons, should wear a face covering.This may be removed while you are seated.

Although we can space you as far as seating is concerned, since we only have a single aisle it is to everyone's advantage to avoid clusters when entering or leaving the auditorium.

Because our theatre is small it is not practical to be able to pre book particular seats. It would either require a full time box office clerk or expensive computer software, both out of the question at the prices we charge. But on the plus side, again because the theatre is small and because the theatre auditorium is raked everyone has a good view. The best seats for children are not at the front, However because people want to be as near as possible we do fill in from the front as people book. Book early and you will be nearer the front.

The Rule of 6 no longer applies so you can join with another family and book as a group.
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 copy of this email and will have allocated seat 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.

Please Remember that even though you have booked your seats we can only let you into the show if All Adults have a Covid Pass. That means that you can prove that you have either had a two dose vaccination, or that you have had a current test that shows you free of covid.
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS Please do not leave your arrival until the last minute.

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.->