Puppet Theatre Sampo

Duppis peeking from between the draperyThe Helsinki based Puppet Theatre Sampo was founded in 1977. Masterly use of different puppet theatre techniques combined with intensive musical presence are special characteristics of the Sampo theatrical art.



An open living room at the center of the city

Sampo Puppet Theatre has established a Puppet Theatre Centre in Helsinki, giving Sampo the possibility to continuously develop its increasing performance, training and exhibition activities. The attractive and intimate premises are visited annually by over 20,000 spectators and persons being trained or interested in the field.


Every year, the theatre gives around 200 performances seen by a total of appr. 30, 000 spectators.
The Sampo Stage in Helsinki gives some 150 performances every year. Besides those, 100-150 tour performances are given every year covering all Finland. The theatre is also performing abroad, all around the world.

We have live music in every performance. We also have nonverbal productions in our repertoire:


Have you ever wanted to learn to fly? The inventor Leonardo has designed many interesting and special machines. Little monkeys are dreaming of flying – will the dream come true? Inspired by the innovations of Leonardo da Vinci, this performance follows on the footsteps of the variety marionette tradition. The performance has live music and lots of humor, and its visual image is magical, with ideas coming from steampunk. Nonverbal, for over 3 year old and adults.

Performance in Sampo, Erottajankatu 7, Tue 13.2. at 10 am
In cultural houses in the Helsinki Region 6.2.-27.2.
Performance for adults: LEONARDO Sat 10.2. at 8 pm



The little ladybug has a big problem. Learning to fly is much harder than you might imagine. Frustrated, it leaves to find its place in the world. This nonverbal musical performance dives deep into the world of insects and introduces the marvelous world of theatre even to the smallest viewers. For all ages, with live music!

Premiere in Sampo Tue 8.5. at 6 pm.
Other performances 9.5./11.5./12.5./16.5./17.5./18.5./19.5./25.5./26.5.

See whole schedule at nukketeatterisampo.fi/ohjelmisto!

SAMPO 2018 – International Puppet Theatre Festival 22.-26.8.2018

Puppet Theatre Sampo is organizing an international puppet theatre festival for the second time this year. Stay tuned for SAMPO 2018, coming in August!

The festival program will be announced later in the spring. Again we will offer performances for both children and adults, visual theatre and music as well as puppetry. A festival club is open in the evenings at Sampos Fairytale Café, offering interesting artists for adult audiences and a place for the audience and artists to meet.

Performances will take place in Puppet Theatre Sampo in Erottajankatu, but also other venues nearby.

Our partners and collaborators in the festival are Helsingin Juhlaviikot / Helsinki Festival, The City of Helsinki, Teatteri Avoimet Ovet, Päivälehti Museum among others.

Check out the program of the first international puppet theatre festival SAMPO 2017 at nukketeatterisampo.fi/sampo2017.

Follow our work and find out what is to come for the new festival on Facebook: @sampofestivaali!



Extensive publications of relevant literature is another part of the Sampo Puppet Theatre operations. Versatile puppet theatre material for preschool education professionals and puppet theatre enthusiasts has been published over the years.

Hand puppet and table puppet theatre material, instructions leaflets, books, CDs, DVDs, and more extensive publications have brought various forms of puppet theatre close to everyday life, giving an extensive summary of different fields of puppet theatre expression.

Puppet Theatre Courses & Work Shops

Special workshops, lectures and demonstrations on puppet theatre expression are organized by Sampo theatre every year. Puppet theatre courses and work shops are tailored to meet different needs.

Puppet theatre and music work shops are organized for teachers, nurses, various organizations and amateur theatre ensembles as well as for families and groups of children of different ages. Work shops for international audience are also available in English.

TV Programmes

As a result of the co-operation with the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE TV1, an impressive number of quality puppet theatre programmes has been produced over the past years. These programmes have been also deposited in the Helsinki Museum of Theatrical Arts.

Prizes & Nominations

Sampo Puppet Theatre has been awarded with several prizes and nominations for its artistic work and achievements for children culture.