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About Thistle Theatre 206-417-4645


Thistle Theatre is a professional puppet theatre for families performing in Bellevue, Ballard and Seattle. Daytime school performances are offered at all three locations. Theatre Theatre tours to school and communities specializing in Tabletop Bunraku-style of puppetry. 

We specialize in Tabletop Bunraku , a variation of the ancient Japanese style of puppetry. The puppeteers are dressed head-to-toe in black and operate the puppets from behind. Good storytelling, realistic movement and excellent manipulation are the hallmarks of Thistle Theatre productions. 

The Bunraku is fascinating to watch & each production has many levels of understanding. Over half the season ticket holders are adults, and not all of them bring children! Quality theatre has no age limit. I hope you will consider Thistle Theatre for your entertainment needs. 

This organization files an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ. It is a 501(c)(03) public charity. Information in this report was supplied by the nonprofit organization within the last two years. 


How to Help
This organization is seeking funds from contributions and grants. These funds will be used for unrestricted operating expenses and special projects. Click here to make a financial contribution.


How to Contact Thistle Theatre
Go to our contact page for contact information, or call (206) 524-3388.

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Children's Ticket Subsidy Program

Part of Thistle Theatre's mission is to promote children's literacy using our productions and additional printed materials to reinforce reading and writing with visual, artistic and cultural diversity. Thistle Theatre created the "Children's Ticket Subsidy Program"

Through our Fundraiser "Imagine Joy" generous individuals donated over $5000 to the "Children's Ticket Subsidy Program".

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