Norwich Puppet Theatre celebrates reaching fundraising target for its Christmas show

15:53 07 October 2014

Puppet master - Gavin Glover, designer & director of Beauty and the Beast. Photo: Bill Smith

Puppet master - Gavin Glover, designer & director of Beauty and the Beast. Photo: Bill Smith


Norwich Puppet Theatre is celebrating reaching its online fundraising target for its Christmas show.

The Whitefriars venue is presenting a production of Beauty and the Beast this festive season which will mark the beginning of its 35th anniversary year.

To help the venue make this show its most ambitious yet, the theatre has been asking people to support the production by donating funds via a campaign on crowdfunding website Kickstarter.

It had hoped to raise £2,000 by the time the online appeal closes this Friday and thanks to people’s generosity the theatre has already smashed the target with days to spare.

Joy Haynes, director of the theatre, said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to all the people who have contributed. We have had a really wonderful response from a real range of people.”

She said the theatre was excited to have reached the target so quickly, and that people could still add to the total until the appeal closes on Friday.

“It’s a really important building block for us in developing the show and also developing awareness of the theatre and what we do. “Part of the campaign was about engaging with people about theatre as well as raising money,” she said.

The new Beauty and the Beast production is set to be told with a twist, and the funds raised will be used to create bespoke puppets for the show and bring back into action a marionette bridge which was created by the theatre’s founders Ray and Joan DaSilva in 1979.

Ms Haynes said: “Audiences can expect a really delightful visual treat. It’s an unusual and contemporary adaptation of the Beauty and the Beast story with a twist - things aren’t quite what you expect them to be.”

• For more information about the fundraising campaign – which closes at midnight on October 10 – visit

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