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The Harlequin opens to the general public during seasons which largely coincide with the school holidays. Performances usually include several items and are aimed at a family audience, and shows are daily at 3pm. Also, on one or more evenings of the week, usually at 8pm, an alternative programme features material more suitable for adults or older children and allows for longer pieces and items of more mature content.


A Cavalcade of Curiosities featuring traditional marionette trickery and some actual puppets from the 19th Century.

The traditional tale from the Brothers Grimm, adapted for the puppet stage by Eric Bramall.

Eric Bramall's witty retelling of the Arabian Nights classic, presented in pantomime style with Widow Twankey, wicked Uncle Abanazar and the enormous Genie of the Lamp.

Ballet Mouchoir

A Fantasy devised by Eric Bramall from an original idea by C.L.Stavordale, performed to music from Poncielli's La Gioconda
Marionette Cabaret

Trained by the late, great, Eric Bramall, Chris Somerville has an International reputation for marionette manipulation. Here he demonstrates this skill without stage or scenery to assist the illusion. This popular feature concludes every performance.

A poetic and colourful adaptation of the traditional fairy tale by Eric Bramall.
Gaiety Music Hall

A Victorian Palace of Varieties with a full cast of artistes of quality. We invite you to join in the singing.

Alice meets a variety of strange characters in scenes adapted from Carroll's Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass
Magic Toyshop

When Mr Trimble locks up the toyshop for the night he little knows that the toy soldier's reveille will bring the toys to life. A fantasy devised by Eric Bramall

The following list of selective items are those which may be revived in the coming seasons:

Hansel and Gretel by Eric Bramall (from the Grimm tale) ** New Production in 1998

The Gooseberry Mandarin by Grace Dorcas Ruthenburg ** New Production in 1999
Catherine Parr by Maurice Baring
The Japanese Print by Eric Bramall
Two Slatterns and a King by Edna St. Vincent Millay ** New Production 1998
The Swineherd by Eric Bramall

Maria Marten or The Red Barn by G.L.Somerville
The Three Bears by Eric Bramall

Red Riding Hood by Eric Bramall
The Maiden's Sacrifice by Chris Somerville
Tales of Tedi Twt by Sheila Huw Jones
Sugarball by Chris Somerville

Bluebeard by Eric Bramall
The Sleeping Princess by Eric Bramall
Aladdin by Eric Bramall
The Mikado - Gilbert and Sullivan ** New Production in 2002
Ali Baba - Music from Chu Chin Chow
Ruddigore - Gilbert and Sullivan
Ballet Mouchoir
Danse Macabre
Magic Toyshop
Underwater Ballet
Insect Ballet
King Neptune's Daughter
Grand Circus
Old Time Music Hall
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