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|Little Angel Act Of Faith
- Puppet theatre future secured
THE LITTLE ANGEL theatre in Islington reopens its doors thanks to some ground-breaking fund-raising. The oldest puppet theatre in England has completed a successful six month 'Save The Little Angel' campaign backed by the likes of Clive Anderson, Juliet Stevenson and Zippy from Rainbow.
A total of UKP180 000 was raised in the wake of Little Angel benefactor Michael Marks' sudden death. The Little Angelís Autumn show has now been confirmed as Jonah And The Whale before a production of Beauty And The Beast welcomes Christmas. The forty year-old puppets should keep treading the boards for generations to come and collaborations between puppetry and visual artists look set to continue.
The Little Angel theatre was started 40 years ago, long before shows like the Lion King, Shockheaded Peter and The Red Shoes raised the profile of puppets on stage. Couple John and Lyndie Wright worked hard to make the Little Angel a home for British puppetry, fashioning an adjoining workshop where the puppets could be built and mended. "Children often have their first introduction to theatre through puppetry - now the magic of puppet theatre can continue," says theatre producer Loretta Howells.