New magazine for puppet fans

A magazine has been launched following a boom in puppetry appearances in mainstream theatre.

Puppet Notebook will celebrate everything from Punch and Judy and The Muppets, to His Dark Materials and the Lion King. It will cover news, reviews and features on animation in theatre, art and film around the world.

Editor Eleanor Margolies started out directing and stage managing in the theatre, moved into research and wrote freelance reviews for The Times Literary Supplement .

She said: “It seems that suddenly puppets are everywhere and are becoming part of the normal repertoire of theatre and I thought it was really intriguing that there was nothing out there to read.”

Published three times a year, Puppet Notebook’s readership is so niche, its international print run will initially be just 500.

Distributed through specialist theatres, the title will be published by British UNIMA, part of the Union Internationale de la Marionette, founded in 1929 to unite people interested in puppets and using puppets to promote peace.

The first issue is out on 21 November.

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