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Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

Central Park
79th Street and West Drive
Manhattan, NY

Subway: #1 or #9 to 79th Street;
B or C to 81st Street
Bus: M79 to Central Park West

The Swedish Cottage has been a destination for New York City children for decades. The Cottage, a model schoolhouse, was built as Sweden's exhibit for the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. In 1877, Frederick Law Olmsted moved the Cottage to its present site in Central Park. In 1947 it became the headquarters of Parks' Traveling Marionette Theatre, and in 1973 it was remodeled to include a permanent stage. Since then this small wooden lodge has hosted daily marionette shows that bring fairy tales alive for enchanted audiences.

Under the City Parks Foundation's stewardship, the Cottage was carefully restored in the late 1990s. The Historic House Trust is pleased to partner with CPF to continue their fine work of preserving this unique structure, and we hope to highlight its origins along with its current role as a marionette theater.

The Marionette Theatre's newest production, Jack and the Beanstalk, is a fairytale of magic and myth; of courage and bravery.

Forced to sell off his closest friend, Dolly the cow, Jack receives two small but magical beans from a peddler as payment for Dolly.  Jack plans to use the magic produced by the beans, to buy Dolly back and rescue his family from poverty.  When his mother finds out what he had done, she becomes furious.  “How could you!?” she asked, crying and tossing the beans to the ground.

Upon waking the next morning, young Jack is surprised to see a mighty beanstalk reaching high beyond the clouds. He is determined to climb to the land of the giant, retrieve all his family’s belongings, including his father’s gold and set things right. Jack and the Beanstalk is being performed from July 7 through August 29.

If you would like more information, or to arrange a birthday party or other private gathering, please call (212) 988-9093.

Watch an Itís My Park segment about the Theatre.
Picture of Swedish Cottage, Central Park
Picture of Swedish Cottage, Central Park

Programs Administered by:
The City Parks Foundation


Reservations are required to attend performances.

Tickets: $8 per adult, $5 per child. School and large groups are encouraged to attend at a reduced rate.

Box office income is used to support marionette productions at the Cottage as well as free puppet performances and programs in neighborhood parks and schools throughout New York City.

Performance Schedule:
The performance schedule - including holiday hours – for all revues is as follows:

Monday – Friday: Two performances a day at 10:30 a.m. & 12 noon.
Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., 12 noon, and 2:30 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: one show at 1:00 p.m.

Please see the City Parks Foundation website for a complete and detailed schedule

For more information, call
(212) 988-9093.

Related Links
City Parks Foundation