At the Central Park Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater – Neverland: Peter Returns

Opening this week – Neverland: Peter Returns

The new show at the Marionette Theater is based on J.M. Barrie’s iconic Peter Pan tales and gives a delightful new spin on the beloved children’s classic. The Darling children leave home behind to follow Peter Pan to Neverland for the adventure of a lifetime. When the cunning Captain Hook turns Peter’s pals Tiger Lily and Tinker Bell against him, the children team up with the Never Boys to save the day, learning the true value of forgiveness and friendship!

Opening Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Tuesday – Friday 10:30am & 11:30am
Saturday & Sunday 1pm

Special Schedules
February 19 – 23 11am, 1pm & 3pm
April 2 – 4 11am & 1pm
April 5 – 6 11am, 1pm & 3pm

More info here – The City Parks Foundation.

Pelleas et Melisande at the Swedish Cottage Theater in Central Park

City Parks Foundation’s Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and SummerStage Festival present Pelleas et Melisande this weekend – a commissioned, site-specific work directed, choreographed, and designed by Luca Veggetti. A theatrical puppet experience that tells the story of doomed love based on Maurice Maeterlinck’s symphonic poem. Set to a composition by Arnold Schoenberg, the audience is taken on a journey of love and its consequences told through puppetry.

We caught the initial performance Wednesday evening and it was a magically evocative combination of puppetry, choreography and stage production.  It is a very special piece that should not be missed – and one which happily demonstrates the possibilities that a brilliant imagination and inspired performances can bring to the iconic theater.  We look forward to more “adult oriented” production in the future.

Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure

hansel-webSafely back at home during the Halloween season, Hansel and Gretel experience the most vivid dreams where Central Park and the Belvedere Castle serve as the backdrop for a magical explosion of music, dance and exciting encounters with a host of lovable characters. The brother and sister team once again embark on an adventure where beautiful mermaids, adorable monsters, swashbuckling pirates, charming vampires and a fabulous witch all intertwine for one unforgettable Halloween night in New York City.

Show is recommended for children ages 3–9.

Performances take place Tuesday through Friday at 10:30AM and 12:00PM, Wednesdays at 10:30AM, 12:00PM, and 2:30PM, and Saturday and Sunday at 1:00PM

$7 – $10


Special Halloween Day schedule with shows at 11AM, 1PM, 2:30PM, and 4PM.


Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
New York, NY 10023 United States

The Three Bears Holiday Bash at the Central Park Marionette Theater

Three Bears Holiday Bash

A Musical Variety Production at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park.  The  City Parks Foundation is proud to announce the launch of The Three Bears Holiday Bash, a marionette production beginning November 14, 2011 at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park.

The Three Bears Holiday Bash, is a variety show that celebrates the holiday season in song, dance, and puppetry. This production quickly becomes a comedy of errors when Baby Bear invites Santa to star in Mama and Papa Bears’ annual holiday show.  Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, The Three Bears Holiday Bash is a great way to get into the holiday season spirit.

“We are very excited to announce the return of The Three Bears Holiday Bash,” said Alison Tocci, President of City Parks Foundation.  “As one of the most fascinating children’s theatres in the country, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park is the perfect place to tell this vibrant seasonal story.”


Show times for The Three Bears Holiday Bash, beginning Tuesday, November 14, 2011 are Monday through Friday at 10:30am and 12:00pm, with an additional performance at 2:30 pm each Wednesday; and Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm.  The production will run through December 30, 2011.  Please note the augmented schedule below for specific show dates.

  • November 24th – No performances
  • November 25th – Showtimes are at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm
  • December 4th – No performances
  • December 27-30th – Showtimes are at 11:00am and 1:00pm
  • December 24th-26th   – No performances

Reservations are required.  Tickets are $5/children and $8/adults.  Group rates are available for schools and other large groups.  For reservations, please visit For group rates, and information on birthday parties, please call 212-988-9093.

The Cottage is located in Central Parkat 81th Street and Central Park West, just south of the Delacorte Theater.  For more information, please visit

Generously supported by: The Weininger Foundation; The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation; Historic House Trust.

The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre was imported to the U.S. in 1876 as Sweden’s exhibit for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. The enchanting Swedish architecture and craftsmanship of the structure, suggestive of a model schoolhouse, caught the eye of Fredrick Law Olmsted, who brought it to Central Park in 1877.

Beginning in 1947, the Cottage served as the home of a marionette theater troupe that traveled across the city performing on playgrounds and school auditoriums. Under the direction of City Parks Foundation, citywide puppet shows in parks continue to this day through the CityParks PuppetMobile.

In 1973 a permanent theater was constructed inside the Cottage, precisely designed for marionette performances. Since then, hundreds of thousands of children and families from around the world have enjoyed its original marionette productions. The Theatre’s productions are based on classic fairy tales and offer an enriching theatrical and educational experience for children ages 3-9. The Cottage is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City.


City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. We work in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports, and education programs, and empowering citizens to support their parks on a local level.  Our programs and community building initiatives reach more than 600,000 people each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City. For more information, please visit:


The Secret History of the Swedish Cottage

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The Secret History Of The Swedish Cottage

Tuesday, January 18th, was opening night in Central Park, although it wasn’t Shakespeare in the Park or the Metropolitan Opera on the Great Lawn it was a gala event complete with opening night jitters and post production reception. That it also included flying saucers, lovesick sea beasts and line-kicking gnomes is a tribute to the efforts of the City Parks Foundation which commissioned this brilliantly inventive and entertaining marionette show at the Swedish Cottage in Central Park.

The story is real enough – recounting the circuitous journey of the Swedish Cottage from its native land in 1877 to Philadelphia, and then on to Central Park. But through the imagination of puppeteers Tom Lee and Matthew Acheson the story also includes technologically advanced gnomes, undersea adventures and space travel; all told in an amusingly meta-textual narrative style. Combined with film clips and a surprisingly sophisticated musical track (at one point a gnome appears downstage to play a soulful trumpet solo) the play is always engaging. It also manages to smoothly straddle that divide between the simple joys of a children’s puppet show and the subtle humor that will keep every generations of theater goers entertained through the spring.

(Through June 30.) regular performances Tuesday through Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and noon, with an additional performance on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.; 79th Street and the West Drive, Central Park , (212) 9889093,; $8; $5 for under 12. Reservations required.