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SHOWS

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

For decades, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park has been bringing enjoyment to legions of people through its contemporary and innovative marionette productions based on children’s classics. 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

About the Cottage

The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre was imported to the U.S. in 1876 as Sweden’s exhibit for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. The enchanting Swedish architecture and craftsmanship of the structure, suggestive of a model schoolhouse, caught the eye of Frederick Law Olmsted, who brought it to Central Park in 1877.

A traveling marionette company was founded in 1939 and in 1947 the Swedish Cottage became home to the company. In 1973, a permanent theater was constructed inside the Swedish Cottage, designed for marionette performances. Since then, hundreds of thousands of children and families from around the world have enjoyed its original productions.

Location

West 79th Street & West Drive, Central Park | MAP

Walking directions to the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

Birthday Parties, Group Rates & Rentals

The Cottage features a unique party room adjacent to the theater that comes equipped with child-size furniture, making it an ideal spot to host your private party. Group rates are available for schools and non-profit organizations. The Swedish Cottage is an approved vendor of the NYC Department of Education.

MORE INFO

Contact

For more information please contact swedishcottage@cityparksfoundation.org.

 

Generous private support is provided by The Weininger Foundation, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, and The Prescott Fund for Children and Youth. In partnership with NYC Parks and Historic House Trust.

LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE COTTAGE AND ITS PUPPETEERS

PUPPET SHOWS FROM THE ARCHIVES

Puppet Time!
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Puppet Time!

With support from the Puppet Slam Network, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, housed in the historic theatre in Central Park, presented it's first-ever digital Puppet Slam, “Puppet Time,” originally planned to be performed live during Open House NY weekend. This showcase features familiar and never-before-seen marionette performances that demonstrate the collective and individual talents of the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre puppeteers, past and present.

Yeti, Set, Snow!
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Yeti, Set, Snow!

Yeti, Set, Snow! tells the story of a young girl named Widget, and her friend, Twig, who encounter a yeti named Pascetti and pet cat, Tinsel Kitty, on the first snow day of the winter season. Pascetti, who lives on a mountaintop nearby, dislikes the snow. Through songs and snow day activities, Pascetti discovers not only that snow can be fun, but also learns the value of friendship.

Puss in Boots
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Puss in Boots

A classic story with a twist, Puss in Boots is the tale of two friends - Fergus Mundingle and his sly cat Puss - who are tired of their dull and penniless lifestyle. Looking for a change, Puss dons a snazzy pair of boots and sets off on a magical journey, proving himself a caring friend willing to help at any cost.

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Check out more of our past performances from the Swedish Cottage archive by visiting our YouTube page to see more full performances.

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FUN ACTIVITIES FROM THE COTTAGE

MAKE YOUR OWN UNICORN SOCK PUPPET

Follow our easy tutorial, using simple materials found around the house. In just a few easy steps, you’ll be able to make your own unicorn puppet, based on our new show, Wake Up, Daisy!. We’d love to see your creations! Post your puppet and tag @cpfnyc.

DOWNLOAD OUR PUPPET GUIDE

ENJOY OUR ACTIVITY BOOK

Download our fun activity book for kids to follow along as you watch The Princess, The Emperor and The Duck!

Perfect for educators, parents and kids (Grades: Pre-K – 3), enjoy different activities you can do at home while learning more about the Swedish Cottage, the art of marionette puppetry and the story.

DOWNLOAD OUR ACTIVITY GUIDE

COLORING PAGES

Click to download our custom coloring pages from our past shows at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre! Print them out or save them to open up on a digital application. Share your creations with us! Email it to us at contests@cityparksfoundation.org or share via social and tag us @cpfnyc

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