Tea at the Palace opens today at Tarragon Theatre – power has been restored!

Power has been restored at Tarragon Theatre and Puppetmongers’ production of Tea at the Palace is all set to open as planned today at 2 pm

There was a lot of nail-biting but all is well. Online ticket sales will be live at noon.

Puppetmongers’ winter holiday performances have been charming families and theatre-goers in Toronto since 1990.  Tea at the Palace began the tradition 24 years ago, and after this year, will be retired from Puppetmongers’ Toronto holiday family show cycle. 

Tea at the Palace is a lively and sumptuous retelling of two intertwined medieval Russian folktales.    A hapless peasant is brought to the Tsar’s court and charged with treason simply for making tea in a samovar.  Meanwhile, the Tsar becomes smitten with a clever peasant girl when she arrives at court to request settlement of a dispute.  To thwart the budding romance, the Tsar’s meddlesome servants resort to ridiculous antics, but are defeated at their own game when the Tsarina-to-be solves a series of riddles.

Staged in Puppetmongers’ signature style with zest, humour and delightful ingenuity, the show features magical pop-up scenery and an array of puppets based on antique toys and dolls ranging from 6 inches to 6 feet tall!  Exuberant music by David Anderson and Nuno Cristo draws on Russian songs and folk instrumentation.

Tea at the Palace is suitable for ages 5 and up and is a perfect holiday treat for families.

This is the last year that Tea at the Palace will be performed in Toronto, it’s being retired from the repertoire. It’s a lovely way to spend some family time on a snowy afternoon.


  • Tea at the Palace is playing at Tarragon Theatre Extra Space (30 Bridgman Ave) until December 29
  • Performances are at 2 pm
  • Ticket prices: Adult $25, Child/senior/student $20, Family 4 pack only $75
  • Tickets are available online, by phone at 416 – 531-1827, or in person at the Tarragon box office