State Puppet Theatre - Plovdiv Bulgaria
State Puppet Theatre – Plovdiv was found in 1946. It is e repertory theatre, financed by The Ministry of Culture and supported by Plovdiv Municipality and is praised with the First Degree Award “Cyril and Methodius”. In 2017 the theatre made its 70 theatrical season and during these years more than 325 titles had been presented. Every year about 5 new performances are produced and played in front of no less than 40 000 spectators. Puppet Theatre – Plovdiv had toured in more than 40 countries, taking part in many international festivals and is a laureate of more than 80 prestigious awards. Six of the performances of the theatre are included in the “Golden Fund” of Bulgarian National Television.
For its 70th anniversary the theatre issued a Chronicle which can be found in the theatre and online here
The theatre’s strategy is the production of full-value repertory staging for both children and adults. Along with them we keep looking for “small” (mobile) forms of theatre in order to comply with the new economic conditions. In both cases no compromising is made with the artistic and aesthetic merits. The theatre’s team demands for highly professional, dynamic, up-to-date staging full of fresh and subtle sense of humor and improvisation, being apart from the purely commercial production. State Puppet Theatre - Plovdiv is open for new ideas, constructive artistic contacts, national and international projects for cultural cooperation, stage arts and theatrical management.It has been successful in producing guest staging for children and adults from the country and abroad.
The International Puppet-Theatre Festival was created in 1977 and was called “An International Preview of the Puppet Miniature” - Plovdiv. In 1990, after an interval of four years, the festival had been resumed under the name “Three Are Too Many, Two - Not Enough”. Since 2012 the festival became a biennale and a new unit for open-air shows, concerts and performance, had been added, called “TheatAir”. The XXIII International Puppet Theatre Festival “Three Are Too Many, Two – Not Enough” & TheatAir 2018 took place in 2018. The next edition, due to COVID-19 was resheduled for 2021.