Friday, November 28, 2008
Here's (above) the sculpture over the door of the National Puppet Theatre in Prague. Nifty, huh?
And a wider view of the entrance. They're playing a puppet version of Don Giovanni! Maybe this shouldn't surprise me since several of the great composers wrote for the puppet theatre, and at one time puppet theatre was more popular than "legitimate" theatre.
I've read that Prague is overflowing with marionette shops. I wouldn't mind visiting these! Of course I want to see the marionette shows even more, but I can't help wanting to see some well-done puppets close up, so I can see how they work.
A window display (above) in one of the stores.
I've heard marionette stores (above) are all over Central Europe, especially the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria.
Here's (above) a water-powered mechanical puppet theatre in Salzburg.
Another window display (above).
Here's (above) a marionette museum.
Another view (above).
Inside (above) there's a workshop where kids get to make marionettes.
More interesting shop displays (above). Puppets look great when they're all bunched together.
No, unfortunately you can't have this puppet (above)!
A window display (above) in one of the high-end stores.
Some of the store marionettes (above) are close to what you'd see on the stage.
Nice stuff (above), especially when seen together like this!
Some finger puppets (above).
And a kazillion tiny marionettes (above)! Something for every budget!