A teenager has been charged with arson after a fire gutted the Lambert Puppet Theatre - home of children's TV series Bosco and Wanderly Wagon.

The blaze broke out between 8pm and 8.45pm on 28 August in the theatre at Clifton Lane, Monkstown, Co Dublin.

It is estimated that €150,000 worth of damage was caused to the venue, which was founded in 1972 by Eugene Lambert and now run by his son Liam Lambert.

The 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, was refused bail when he appeared at the Dublin Children's Court today charged with arson and burglary.

Judge John O'Connor was told the boy allegedly broke into the theatre but started the fire after he noticed there were security cameras on the premises.

He was arrested yesterday at his home in south Co Dublin and the court heard he "made no reply" when the charges were put to him.

Judge O'Connor noted the teenager has medical problems but refused bail due to the seriousness of the case, meaning the boy’s lawyers will have to bring an application to the High Court to get him released pending trial.

He was remanded in custody to appear again next week.