The Insect Circus

By String Theatre

The magical world of The Insect Circus invites the audience to forget reality and become immersed in the strange and beautiful world of insects. Beetles and grasshoppers, wasps and dragonflies, demonstrate their dexterity with great skill and humour.

Presented using marionettes and specially commissioned music, the show breathes new life into the traditional techniques used in Victorian trick marionettes.

Based in London, String Theatre was founded in 2011 by puppeteers Stan Middleton and Soledad Zárate. It presents live performances using long-string wood-carved marionettes on a custom-built touring stage. The company tours its productions in festivals and theatres around the world (Argentina, Bosnia, Chile, France, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, South Korea, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, UK, Uruguay).

Director: Rob Humphreys
Performance: Bori Mező, Soledad Zárate
Sound score: Josh Middleton
Scenography: Stan Middleton
Puppets: Sarah Fitzpatrick, Stan Middleton, Soledad Zárate

Further Information for The Insect Circus

This production is recommended for ages 2+

Running time: Approx 35 minutes with no interval

The 11am shows are open to all ages, meaning those under 2 can attend. Tickets for under 2s are free, but must be booked. Audience members cannot take prams into the auditorium and under 2s will need to sit on an adult’s lap. Prams can be left in our foyer.


Additional Access

This performance is puppetry with no text, making it suitable for audiences who are D/deaf or hard of hearing.

All performances have unreserved seating. Please note that there is a flight of stairs to get into the auditorium. If you require the front accessible row or step-free access, please book our Accessible Seats, or phone the Theatre to book on 01603 629921.



Adult £12

Child £10

Family of four £40 (1 adult and 3 children OR 2 adults and 2 children)

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