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About the 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. 

Debuting on February 18, 2022, Wake Up, Daisy! is showing now through December 2022 on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11AM and 1PM. An original story and marionette production, this modern take on Sleeping Beauty is perfect for the whole family.

Please note: Effective Monday, March 7, proof of vaccination, temperature checks, and health screenings are no longer required to enter the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. Masks are strongly encouraged.

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*  Tickets must be purchased in advance online; walk-up tickets will not be available for purchase at the venue. No refunds or exchanges will be given or accepted. For more information on school group rates, please call (212) 988-9093 or email swedishcottage@cityparksfoundation.org

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ATTENDING A SHOW

Effective Monday, March 7, proof of vaccination, temperature checks, and health screenings are no longer required to enter the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. Masks are strongly encouraged.

Location

The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre is located at West 79th Street & West Drive, inside Central Park. Find walking directions here.

Contact

For more information please contact (212) 988-9093.

For more information on school group rates, please call (212) 988-9093 or email swedishcottage@cityparksfoundation.org

Please note: Tickets must be purchased in advance online; walk-up tickets will not be available for purchase at the venue. No refunds or exchanges will be given or accepted.

History of 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.

PUPPET SHOWS IN LOCAL PARKS

Every year, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre takes the show on the road from Central Park to the five boroughs. Our CityParks PuppetMobile, the oldest continually operating company of its kind in the country, presents free performances and puppet-making workshops in neighborhood parks, recreation centers and schools throughout New York City.

Learn more about the PuppetMobile

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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Additional Support

Generous private support for the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre is provided by the Connelly Foundation in memory of Judith Connelly Delouvrier, The Weininger Foundation, and the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation. In partnership with NYC Parks and Historic House Trust.

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We bring New Yorkers together in their parks by offering free programs. Although our programming is temporarily suspended, parks remain open to find solace, to exercise, and to remain healthy. Please give now if you can so that we can be back in parks soon.

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