Monday 21 October 2019

End of an era as Bosco goes back in the box while famous Lambert Puppet Theatre is sold

Paula Lambert with Bosco
Paula Lambert with Bosco
Curtain comes down: Liam Lambert with Judge
Conor McCrave

Conor McCrave

The puppet theatre that produced characters such as Bosco, Judge and Mr Crow is to be sold after more than 40 years in the business.

It is understood The Lambert Puppet Theatre and Museum in Monkstown, south Dublin, is to be sold by current manager Liam Lambert, son of Eugene Lambert, who founded the theatre in 1972.

Eugene's daughter Paula Lambert, who voices childhood favourite Bosco, said the decision to sell the theatre "came as a huge shock".

She told the Irish Independent: "For me, I'm heartbroken. It was very difficult to survive the recession.

"You're never going to become rich from puppet theatre, but it was all for the love it."

The puppet theatre had to be extensively rebuilt following an arson attack in 2015. Paula and her nine siblings worked at the puppet theatre and on TV Shows including 'Wanderly Wagon', which first aired on RTÉ in 1967. The popular programme ran for 15 years.

Iconic characters from the show, including Mr Crow and Ssneaky Ssnake, became a hit with children across the country.

"My father worked very hard and himself and my mother lived very frugally. Everything went into the theatre," Paula explained.

"We did three shows a day for school tours. There's a lot of people who remember going to the theatre on their tours."

Paula and her siblings Conor and Miriam continue to entertain throughout the country with their puppeteer talents.

Bosco is gearing up for a 40th anniversary tour, while Paula's two siblings both run their own puppet companies. Liam Lambert was unavailable for comment last night.

Irish Independent

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