Zagreb Puppet Theatre

Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb Puppet Theatre

Zagreb Puppet Theatre (Croatian: Zagrebačko kazalište lutaka) was founded in 1948 by the City of Zagreb, and is the oldest professional Croatian puppet theatre. The theatre is geared primarily towards children, which has also performed abroad and has participated in charitable work. Notable members of this theatre include Velimir Chytil and Krešimir Dolenčić.

The forerunner to this theatre was Kazalište Lutaka, founded in 1947 and whose contributors included the actress Tilla Durieux. The current theater was created in 1948 following a name change and is located in a Lower Town building on Barun Trenk 2 street, which is in the vicinity of the main train station. The theatre is equipped both with a main hall consisting of 212 seats, the minor hall and a garden used for larger gatherings during summer. The theatre constructs it own puppets and scenes in its workshop and has produced more than 300 plays since its inception with around 70 employees. Shows typically start at noon or 6pm. As of 2020, it is led by Ljiljana Štokalo, being its director.

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