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Nomadic Theaters, Škoda Theater, The Beginnings of Pilsen Puppetry

The story of puppets the Museum narrates starts as late as in the 19th century when people in Pilsen could enjoy theatre performances of strolling folk puppeteers who travelled with their horses and carts through their favoured stands, so-called “Abstechern” or trips. The oldest famous families that operated strolling theatres were Kopecký, Maizner, Dubský, Kočka or Fink. Another part of the exposition focuses on the development of puppetry in Pilsen at the end of the 19th century when the first standing puppet stage was established in addition to a number of associations. Škoda’s Theatre is represented in the exposition by a unique animated model made according to a well-preserved negative.