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Lancaster Marionette Theatre

126 N Water St, Lancaster, PA 17603-3561
+1 717-394-8398
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Absolutely Wonderful

Robert is a huge talent. He performs, he sings, he writes the music and the script. He creates... read more

Reviewed October 11, 2017
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Great Inexpensive Fun!

Such a fun and interesting way to spend an hour - and so inexpensive! Robert clearly has a passion... read more

Reviewed July 2, 2017
Pam K
Houston, Texas
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The Lancaster Marionette Theatre is one of the few marionette theatres in America, located in Historic Downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Robert Brock, the founder and Artistic Director, keeps this unique art form alive and well. He creates all the marionettes used in HIW productions, writes the scripts and music and performs in his unique one-man style. His humor appeals to children, as well as grown-ups. The John Durang Puppet Museum is open before performances. John Durang was the first puppeteer to be born in the USA. He was born in Lancaster in 1768. Backstage tours are given prior to every performance.The Marionette Theatre welcomes field trip groups. We hope to see you soon at one of our exciting shows. Thanks for visiting!
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126 N Water St, Lancaster, PA 17603-3561
+1 717-394-8398
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Reviewed October 11, 2017

Robert is a huge talent. He performs, he sings, he writes the music and the script. He creates the marionettes. The theater is beautiful. Robert takes much pride in his craft and his hard work is obvious. His knowledge of his art form is very...More

Thank AEZ109
Reviewed July 2, 2017

Such a fun and interesting way to spend an hour - and so inexpensive! Robert clearly has a passion for his art form and he is such an interesting person. The puppet show was entertaining for both kids and adults, as he inserts adult humor...More

Thank Pam K
Reviewed June 30, 2017 via mobile

Fairly cheap tickets with a small museum and back stage tour beforehand. Kids loved the Aladdin and his lamp production plus it's a short walk to Central Market. Would highly recommend for kids and adults.

Thank Melissa N
Reviewed June 26, 2017

My sisters (3 adults), nephew(10), & daughter (14) saw the performance of Aladdin & all had a good time. When we first arrived at 10:43 am a woman had told us that the backstage tour was over, but I remembered later that online I read...More

1  Thank Jay B
Reviewed May 28, 2017

My family and I made the 4 hour trip from Pittsburgh to experience the Wizard of Oz performance, and take a tour of the Lancaster Marionette Theatre and Museum in the quaint little town of Lancaster, Pa. It was such a nostalgic experience to see...More

Thank jillfulton10
Reviewed March 11, 2017

Exceptionally well done, with so much love you can't help but enjoy it. Kids of all ages were visiting when I was there and everyone had a great time. Backstage tour shows how much effort goes into the production. Absolutely loved it.

Thank Pimmsgirl360
Reviewed February 11, 2017 via mobile

We visited the Lancaster Marionette Theatre for the first time today. What a joy to see such imaginative work and to meet a gentleman with such passion for sharing his art. We brought our young one and the show was just long enough to entertain...More

Thank DayTripperNo9
Reviewed January 28, 2017

What a fascinating place! A fun and amazing adventure for children of all ages. From the incredible museum and the educational and amusing backstage tour - to the delightful show itself. Robert Brock is extremely talented and entertaining and his self-created marionettes are beautiful and...More

Thank RandyHick
Reviewed December 30, 2016

We had a great time at the theatre. It was charming, entertaining, funny, and a nice family event. I would recommend it to everyone!

Thank mremmel
Reviewed December 29, 2016

Wow. What a fun way for children to see live theater--- and get hooked for life. Our 5-year-old grandchild LOVED the play Cinderella's Christmas that we saw today. There was an informative tour before the performance to see how the marionette's are made--- followed by...More

1  Thank Tom B
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Carol S
August 16, 2016|
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Response from Robert B | Property representative |
If you park on the street, you need to plug meters. The take quarters and you get 10 minutes per quarter. There is the Prince Street Garage and the Water Street Garage.
July 5, 2016|
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Response from Robert B | Property representative |
"The Wizard of OZ" at 11 am. Hope to see you! Robert
March 11, 2015|
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Response from Cam H | Reviewed this property |
We purchased our tickets online but you can also purchase them at the theater. You should call to make sure they haven't been sold out before driving there.