Kyiv State Academic Puppet Theater

The Kiev State Academic Puppet Theater is the first puppet theater in Ukraine and was founded on October 27, 1927 at the Ivan Franko Kiev Theater for Children on the initiative of the People’s Artists of Ukraine A. I. Solomarsky and I. S. Deyeva. The first theatrical season was opened with two performances – “Ancient Parsley” – a traditional folk puppet comedy in the literary adaptation of M. Kozlovsky and “Musicians” by L. Glibov staged by P. Shcherbatinsky.

On October 30, 2002, by decision of the Board of the Ministry of Culture and Arts of Ukraine, for a significant contribution to the development of Ukrainian theatrical art, the Kyiv State Puppet Theater was given the status of an academic theater. Today, the repertoire of the theater includes more than 40 domestic and foreign performances, both for children and adults. The puppet theater represented Ukraine at prestigious international theater forums and festivals in Austria, USA, Peru, Canada, Slovakia, Japan, South Korea, Poland, Bulgaria, Belarus and Russia.

That’s interesting!

1. From 1986 to 2015, the artistic director and director of the puppet theater was Nikolai Petrenko – the “voice” of the Kyiv metro.
2. The theater is located in Kreshchaty Park, very close to Water Museum.

On the initiative of the Kyiv Academic Puppet Theater since 1991, an international festival of puppet theaters has been held in Kyiv. Leading puppet theaters from Belgium, Austria, Canada, Slovakia, Finland, Japan, China, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Bulgaria, Moldova, Turkey and other countries took part in these festivals.

Where is Kiev State Academic Puppet Theater located?

Grushevsky street, 1-A