This fall the Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater, the acclaimed gathering of puppet artists from around the world, is back with a richly entertaining and diverse collection of shadows, marionettes, found objects and more. The New York Times calls the Festival “more imaginative than Broadway, and greater in its impact than the movies."

Festival 2000 is a three-week extravaganza featuring 26 puppet companies from 14 countries on 14 stages around town. Productions range in scale from the voluminous imaginings of France’s acclaimed Philippe Genty to the miniature intricacies of Russia’s White Goat Theater. Stunning visual imagery from shows by Puppetsweat and Janie Geiser contrast with the stark sonic modernism of Theater of the Ears. Spectacular debuts, including theater innovator Robert Lepage in a specially commissioned Festival production, accompany welcome returns by such Festival favorites as Ralph Lee, Faulty Optic and Teatro Hugo & Ines. Many Festival productions are strictly adult fare, but there are also terrific productions for kids.

Since the Festival premiered in 1992, it has attracted ever-growing audiences. Because puppet stages are small and seating is limited, many events sell out. Make sure you don’t have to pull strings to get in – order your tickets for Festival 2000 today.