Penn's Marionettes

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Penn's Marionettes was a 19th century company of marionette artists.

A company founded and managed by a professional puppeteer, Henry Penn (fl. 1860s), The company is mentioned by F.C.L. Bosman (1980, p. 188) as performing as part of a "Faney Fair" in celebration of the marriage of the Prince of Wales in Cape Town on 15 May 1863, and later in June in a performance for a "select audience" in a schoolroom in Caledon Street. Bosman statews that this was probably the first time a company using marionettes appeared in the harbour city.


Zuanda Badenhorst 2005. South African Puppetry for the Theatre since 1975. Pretoria: Tshwane University of Technology. Unpublished master's thesis.

F.C.L. Bosman, 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.188

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