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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Soho sees puppet theatre extend run

20th January 2012

Guests in luxury London hotels may be interested in booking tickets for the much praised production The Table at the Soho Theatre.

Boasting creative and dazzling puppetry from the team behind Anthony Minghella's award winning Madam Butterfly and Simon McBurney's A Dog's Heart, The Table promises to be a "visual journey" and has been described as a puppet ballet.

Brought to the capital as part of the International Mime Festival, the production has received rave reviews from the press, providing an ideal diversion from the traditional plays at the West End for those in central London hotels.

The performances adopt the Japanese performance style of Bunranku, which is a form of puppet theatre that makes use of visible puppeteers - another famous example of this is the notorious Avenue Q show.

Opening the show with a bang, The Table confronts audience members with a giant puppet not operated by strings, sticks or concealed hands but using individual performers to bring to life the limbs, torso and head.

"The twist here is that most of the puppet's interactions are not with its own fictional world but with the very real audience in front of him," explained tourism publication the Londonist.

It continued: "The only wall that matters in this show is the fourth wall and the puppet talks to us through it, describing its puppet life, its relationship with the puppeteers and its thoughts on the table itself."

Originally set to close its doors on January 21st, the organisers have announced additional performances to cater to the extremely high demand.

Ideal for those on London adventures, the Soho Theatre is situated in the creative heart of the capital.

The venue houses three stages, the intimate 150-seat Soho Theatre, the even smaller 90-seat Soho Theatre Upstairs and the new 1950s New York style cabaret space Soho Theatre Downstairs.

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