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Larger-than-life puppets bring Tolkien’s magical tale to the Playhouse stage

by on February 15, 2011

On Sunday, February 20 at 3pm, The Fredericton Playhouse Spotlight Kidstage Series presents an award-winning production by Montréal’s Théâtre Sans Fil that brings to life Tolkien’s classic tale of The Hobbit. Featuring larger-than-life puppets and fantastical special effects, this award-winning production has received standing ovations throughout the world.

The Hobbit is where every reader starts on their journey with J.R.R. Tolkien.  One of the world’s greatest books, it tells the story of Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Wizard, and a company of dwarves who find themselves caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Montreal’s Théâtre Sans Fil makes Bilbo, the wizard of Gandalf, and the other beloved characters literally jump out of the pages of this classic fantasy, which is recommended for ages 8 and up.

Founded in Québec in 1971 by André Viens, Artistic and General Director, the Théâtre Sans Fil (theatre without strings) is a giant puppet company. More than 3 million people have attended their productions, often performed in the native language of each country. Known worldwide for impeccable storytelling, brilliant stage effects and lifelike marionette work, Théâtre Sans Fil has performed in more than 25 countries across four continents. Written in 1936 by J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit became the first in a series of novels, its sequel being the famed Lord of the Rings.

“Théâtre Sans Fil is a bold and riveting theatrical experience for any age. Several qualities set Théâtre Sans Fil apart, including their brilliant use of stereophonic sound… the set design and lighting are simple enough to inspire imagination and flexible enough to defy it.” — The Washington Post.

Tickets for Théâtre Sans Fil’s The Hobbit are available at the Fredericton Playhouse box office 1-866-884-5800, or online at

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