Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes

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Don’t bring the kiddies to puppeteer Ronnie Burkett’s rather ribald, thoroughly entertaining Daisy Theatre. Burkett, who hails from Alberta, Canada, became interested in puppets as a child, when he picked up Volume P of the World Book and it fell open at “puppets.” Burkett is a one-man show, improvising on the spot. His marionettes—a rotating cast of 40 characters—include ventriloquist Meyer Lemon, actress Lillian Lunkhead, and Edna Rural. Advisory: chance of puppet nudity.

Due to content intended for mature audiences, youth tickets are not available for this event


Co-commissioned by LUMINATO (Toronto) and the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA


Presented with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council



  • The program will be performed without intermission. Latecomers will not be admitted.


I first saw Ronnie’s work performed as part of the Henson Puppetry Festival in New York City. His use of marionettes was unlike anything I had seen before, a village of extreme personalities brought to life through Ronnie’s quick and witty dialogue. The Daisy Theatre gives you a chance to see Ronnie at his improvisational best, as each night a new cast of characters takes to the small stage.


—Chris Lorway, Executive Director of Stanford Live and Bing Concert Hall