The European tradition of classical marionette theatre

Music is the language of the marionette. This was true in the 18th century when Joseph Haydn wrote marionette-operas for the court theatre of Esterhazy, and it’s true today for the marionettes performing in the Amsterdam Marionette Theatre. Five puppeteers manipulate the large wooden marionettes and the ingenious moving objects and sets.

The Amsterdam Marionette Theatre per­forms for adults and children in Amsterdam as well as abroad (France, Rus­sia, Italy, Germany). On tour, the shows are accompanied by opera singers and musicians. For groups and companies, the theatre organises special dinners or High Teas, or a look behind the scenes and in the workshops. The theatre is also a nice location for dinners, receptions, presentations and meetings.

Because of the visual and musical character of the performance, you can enjoy the show even if you don’t speak Dutch. To avoid disappointment, please reserve your tickets in advance. The theatre is wheelchair-accessible (but without disabled toilet facilities).