Theatre

This page is a collection of the pieces you need to make your own Teddy’s Theatre.

If you would like to watch Teddy and his friends in a live performance of grand opera watch this video made by Trevor Hawkins:

Teddy's Theatre Traviata

You need 11 different pieces. I have included at least two different versions for each piece. If you print size A4 on 160 g/m2 paper, you may print two different versions and glue stick them together. This will make the theatre look nice from all sides and it will make a steady structure. If you chose A3, you would also need cardboard to get a firm and fixed theatre. Printing use “fit to page”.

When you glue two pieces together that need to be folded then:  1) cut out the two pieces  2) fold  3) glue together the two largest faces  4) fold in the exact angle you want and glue together the folded faces  5) because of the paper’s thickness you may need to trim one of the pieces a little to remove the white edge.

Here are the 11 different pieces. When you build your theatre you may mix them as you like. Just like dressing a paperdoll. The pieces fit together. Assembling the pieces requires no glue. And you may take the theatre apart and reassemble it with new pieces when you like.

When assembling you start with the ramp and fit the prompt- and OP-sides. Then the proscenium and next you pull everything together with the top. The proscenium is made somewhat too wide and may be a little bulky to fit. But when in place it blocks the view of the side stage nicely. Now you put in the down stage and centre stage pieces. Then fit the back cloth, the false proscenium and the wings. If you like you may now fit the curtain.

Ramp

Cutting out the ramp below, before folding the front make small cuts to prevent folding the green pointed tops.

Or you may make a loose front:

Prompt-side

 

When making a double sided theatre piece you need to pair a prompt-side and an OP-side piece.

OP-side

Proscenium

Top

 

Centre stage, Down stage

Back cloth and Back

False proscenium

Wings

 Curtain

Side towers

Print one front and one rear side. Cut out and glue together. Cut out the small pieces.  Fix the small pieces to the back of the tower distributed along the verical centre line. The exact location varies for the different tower types, but when fitted the side of the tower should follow the side of the proscenium opening. When you put glue on the rear side of a small piece it shall only be below the pattern keeping a flap loose. The loose flap should point right or left considering if the tower is meant for the prompt or the OP-side. When ready locate the front side of the tower in front of the prompt (or OP-) side and the small flaps behind keeping the tower in place.

Low

Very low

High

Set for a town

Set for an enchanted forest

Set for enchanted forest with cogwheels

Set for a tent

Cloud Set

Spider set

Cut away the black spaces. Cut ut as many spiders you dare and entangle their legs in the web. In that way you may move them around according to requirement.

Actors

Print size 15% will fit an A4 theatre, while 21% will fit one in A3. You need a “slider” to move Teddy at the stage.

Printing Don Angelo size 12% will fit an A4 stage.

Sliders

The sliders should be printed “fit to page” considering the general size of your theatre. Cut out an actor and a slider.  Then cut a 1 mm wide hole along the centre line of the slider some 2 cm from one end. The length shall match the width of the white flap below the actor. Fit the two pieces together. At the theatre the white flap goes into the openings between the stage sections. The slider rests on the floor supporting the actor and making it possible to move him from side to side.

18 thoughts on “Theatre

  1. Kære Lene,

    Det er da fuldstændig fantastisk hvad du kan!! Jeg er målløs. Så smukt, fint og ‘dainty’.

    Kærlig hilsen
    Anne-Marie

  2. By now you know what a beautiful piece this is and what fun it is to download and put together. I have printed it on 11×17 paper and it makes a very impressive toy theater.

    I was hoping that you would revisit this project and add some more scenery and Teddy characters. Perhaps a backdrop for the Enchanted Forest.

    Still another addition that would be very beneficial (to me Anyway) would be a Winter scene and perhaps a Series of holiday scenes.

    • It is so nice when I hear that there is another Teddy’s theatre out there. Anna has started work on the backdrop for the Enchanted Forest. Teddy has asked for ballet outfits for him and his friends – swan like he says….

  3. Buscaba teatritos daneses del siglo XIX… cuando encontré su página.
    ¡Es maravillosa!
    Gracias por el regalo

  4. I am having trouble downloading your designs so I can print and then pit this theatre together for my granddaughter. your designs are beautiful and you are most generous to share them with everyone. I wish I had a little bit of your talent. Bravo! I know you mention A4 paper and what I have been able to find out it is almost the same as letter size 81/2 x11. Please correct me if I am wrong. I need some help please.

    • A4 paper is 21,0 cm x 29,7 cm which is 8.3 in x 11.7 in. When you print, you computer and printer must believe that this is the paper you use when you print. Otherwise the proportions are not right and the pieces will not fit together. What paper you actually feed into the printer is of less importance as long as it is large enough to house the printed area – and the paper you suggest might for some pieces be too small. Before you print you should download the pieces and then use a browser or a drawing program to do the printing. These I believe will give you a choice of paper sizes to print on and you must chose one from the family of A0, A1, A2, A3, A4, A5 considering the size of the final theatre.

  5. Stunning. Skill and creativity is one thing – giving it freely is quite another. Joyful. I do a lot of work with kids and this has inspired – WAY too many ideas. And where do you get the time? You must give me the address of your supplier🙂 Thank you.

  6. This theater so reminds me of the Polish Christmas Crib scenes. They are called Szopkas (pronounced chopcause). They are made out of paper and cardboard. They are so beautiful and intricate just like your theater. Every Christmas, people bring their szopkas to the village center to compete for it to be the most beautiful.. Please google it. I would love to see what you do with a. Szopka. I bet it would be as lovely as all of your work.

    • Thank you so much! I absolutely love your Szopkas. I did not know about those. Great inspiration. We just handed in the manuscript for our new American book. The last chapter is called “Palace” and includes a selection of woven towers and domes, which might do well for the Szopkas. Lene

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