Royal Peruchet Theatre


Founded in 1929, the Peruchet Theatre created a puppet academy in 1940 and was a catalyst for an international festival in 1958 in the footsteps of the Brussels World Fair. The experience would be repeated in 1969, 1970 and 1971 and when puppeteers from around the world would converge upon the Belgian capital. Currently, the institution puts on over 100 shows a year, carrying on and preserving the puppetry arts at a high standard.
A vestige of the rural past of Ixelles/Elsene, the old farmhouse in which the Peruchet Theatre found its home in 1968, dates from the end of the 19th century or certainly no later than the start of the 20th century. With its L-shaped floorplan, the building has maintained its appearance of yesteryear with its façades in whitewashed bricks and its tarred plinths. It consists of a residential area and a stable, which has kept its feeding troughs and today is home to the room where the puppet shows take place. There were two other feeding troughs in the paved courtyard.
The venue also houses the International Puppet Museum, created in 1938, with its collection of nearly 4,000 original puppets from all over the world.

Practical information

  • avenue de la Forêt 50
    1050 Brussels
    • Saturday only from 14h00 to 18h00
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      Boondael Gare/Boondaal Station
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      Boondael Gare/Boondaal Station