THEATRE ROYAL DE TOONE
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THEATRE ROYAL DE
ROYAL THEATRE TOONE
Entrance: Impasse Sainte Pétronille66 Rue du Marché-aux-Herbes1000 Bruxelles100 meters away from the "Grand-Place".The main "Gare Centrale" (Central Station) is about 5 minutes walking.
Since its foundation in the Marolles, in 1830, and during its eventful history, nine showmen have succeeded in the Toone dynasty. The transition does not necessarily take place from father to son. After Genty, the nameToone(Brussels' diminutive of Antoine) was adopted by these (unrelated) successive owners. In 2003, the eighth "generation" took office.Click here to know more about the history of the Théâtre Royal de Toone:HISTORY TIMELINE
La Maison de TooneThe Maison de Toone is simultaneously a typical estaminet with its Spanish pink brick walls, blackened beams and tiled floor, and a puppet theatre in the attic, with its wooden benches, festooned, multicoloured cushions nailed into the raw wood planks, a workshop that manufactures puppets, a library, video-library, and finally, a puppet museum. There, we find the characters who retired from the stage, these Toone heroes of the past and fetish characters of fellow puppeteers from around the world.
Around 1830, Antoine "Toone" Genty (1804–1890) opened his poechenellekelder (literally "puppet cellar"), a traditional puppet theatre in theMarolles/Marollen district of Brussels. This popular entertainment still exists and has grown today into the Royal Theatre Toone. The puppet theater was relocated to its current location near theGrand Place in central Brussels in 1966.Since the 1930s, Belgian personalities have taken part in the defense of this heritage, among them theavant-garde dramatist Michel de Ghelderode, who also wrote plays for the theatre. Later on, some of his other works were also adapted to theatre plays by the current owners, José Géal (also known as Toone VII), and his son Nicolas (also known as Toone VIII).The building which houses the theatre and the alleyway where it is located have beendesignated as an ensemble since 27 February 1997. A proposal is underway for the Royal Theatre Toone to obtain fromUNESCO the status of masterpiece ofintangible cultural heritage, a status already enjoyed by some eminent fellow puppeteers of popular tradition.Until 2018, the permanent museum of Toone was located on the first floor of the main building, and could be visited free of charge during performance hours. As part of extension works, three houses adjacent to the historic building were acquired and fully renovated thanks to a contribution of €1.3 million fromBeliris. The main goal of these works, which lasted two years, is to improve accessibility and comfort for visitors, artists and suppliers, as well as to allow access to the museum outside performance hours.
There is a show every Thursday, Fridayand Saturdayat 8:30pm.On Saturday, there is also a show at 4pm.All year long, except in January.Usually the show is in French, sometimes in Dutch.The bar is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from noon till late...Fully closed on Monday.