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The Lambert
Puppet Theatre

The Lambert Puppet Theatre, home of iconic children's TV programmes Wanderly Wagon and Bosco, has confirmed it is to close its Dublin premises after more than four decades. Artist and Photographer David Cleary reminds us of some of the magic.

Finnegan

Eugene Lambert with his puppet 'Finnegan' in 1962

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Eugine Lambert 1968

A fixture on Irish television since the early 1960s, Eugene established The Lambert Puppet Theatre in 1972.

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Wanderly Wagon 1975

A scene from "Wanderly Wagon" with Eugene Lambert, Bill Golding, Nora O'Mahony, Judge, Mr Crow and Foxy.

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The Theatre

A behind the scenes shot during "Alice in Wonderland"

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Puppet Workshop

A sketch slowly takes form as a body is sculpted

Photo: © David Cleary

The Workshop

Puppet hands being made in the workshop.

Photo: © David Cleary

Head Carvings

An example of the carving work as a puppet character takes shape

Photo: © David Cleary

The Puppet Wall

A glimpse of the many carefully crafted puppets that the Theatre has created.

Photo: © David Cleary

Script Reading

Liam Lambert (pictured), son of Eugene, has been running the theatre following Eugene’s passing in 2010.

Photo: © David Cleary

The Workshop

Working on a puppet design for the Lamberts’ production of Aladdin.

Photo: © David Cleary

The Workshop

A view of a now-silent workbench.

Photo: © David Cleary

The Puppeteers

The puppeteers at work during a show at the theatre

Photo: © David Cleary

Cinderella

The Lamberts have been delighting children for decades with their unique versions of classic fairytales.

Photo: © David Cleary

Sleeping Beauty

Visitors to the theatre over the years have included the Crown Prince of Japan and pop icon Michael Jackson.

Photo: © David Cleary

Aladdin

While the Lambert Puppet Theatre will be sold, it is hoped that the family business can continue as a touring company

Photo: © David Cleary

The closure of the Lambert Puppet Theatre

The last word on the closure goes to Wanderly Wagon favourite Judge…

The Lambert Puppet Theatre

The theatre will close its doors for the final time later this year. The joy it has brought will live on in the hearts of Irish children forever.

Photo: © David Cleary