Théâtre Royal du Peruchet (fully booked)
A relic of Ixelles/Elsene’s rural past, the former farmhouse taken over by the Théâtre du Peruchet in 1968 is thought to date from the mid- to late 19th century, or the early 20th century at the latest. A stable adjoining the main building now houses the auditorium where the puppet shows are staged. Founded in 1929, the theatre even set up a puppetry academy in 1940, while in 1958, it organised an international festival inspired by the World’s Fair taking place in Brussels that year. Similar festivals were held in 1969, 1970 and 1971, once again attracting puppeteers from all over the world to Brussels. The theatre currently puts on over 200 performances a year. The site is also home to the International Puppet Museum and its collection of almost 4,000 puppets from every part of the globe. The oldest come from the East Indies, Indonesia and Italy, the Italian specimens representing Commedia dell’arte characters. There is a company of Tibetan dancers, a set of puppets with lacquered faces from China, some tiny puppets from the English-speaking world and some far more modern Russian exemplars dating from the early 20th century… All of this makes for a diverse, colourful melting pot in puppet form!
Guided tours of the theatre and the exhibition in the museum, Sat. & Sun. at 14:30, 15:30, 16:30 and 17:30.
Exhibition: Grotesque burattini: the tradition of Italian glove puppets, from the Commedia dell’arte to the present day.
Sat. & Sun., 14:00 to 18:00
Avenue de la Forêt/Woudlaan 50, Ixelles/Elsene
Advance booking required