Bread and Puppet Theater is coming to Kingston, ON!

2023-10-26 - 2023-11-11

This November, Bread & Puppet Theater celebrates its 60th year with a second tour of its acclaimed show: Inflammatory Earthling Rants (with help from Kropotkin).

“Earthlings are now aflame and consequently need inflammatory rants, directed against the arsonist: Western Civilization and its incompetent government”, says Bread and Puppet director Peter Schumann. “The habitual pragmatic communication jargon won’t do, so the ranters have to resort to the original language which was tasked to employ the spells, charms, and incantations needed to confront the disaster in order to instigate change – with help from Kropotkin’s Mutual Aid ideology.”

On Friday, November 10, 2023 at 7pm, the company will perform at The Spire in Kingston, Ontario. After the show Bread & Puppet will serve its famous sourdough rye bread with aioli, and Bread & Puppet’s “Cheap Art” – books, posters, postcards, pamphlets and banners from the Bread & Puppet Press – will be for sale.



Friday, November 10, 2023 @ 7pm

The Spire

82 Sydenham Street, Kingston ON K7L 3H4$

$15 tickets (sold in USD; about $20 CAD) at



  • Wednesday, November 1 – Bennington, VT

  • Thursday, November 2 – Geneseo NY

  • Friday, November 3 – Rochester, NY

  • Saturday, November 4 – Cleveland, OH

  • Sunday, November 5 – Detroit, MI

  • Tuesday, November 7 – St. Catherine’s, ON

  • Wednesday, November 8 – Guelph, ON

  • Thursday, November 9 – Toronto, ON

  • Friday, November 10 – Kingston, ON

  • Saturday, November 11 – Montreal, QC

  • Sunday, November 12 – Wakefield, QC

More details at 



The Bread and Puppet Theater is an internationally celebrated company that champions a visually rich, street-theater brand of performance art filled with music, dance and slapstick. Believing that theater is a basic necessity like bread, the company frequently brings its work to the streets for those who may not otherwise go to the theater. Its shows are political and spectacular, with puppets often on stilts, wearing huge masks with expressive faces, singing, dancing and playing music. 

Bread and Puppet is recognized throughout the world and has won distinction at international theater festivals in Italy, Poland, Colombia, and Yugoslavia, beginning with their break-out performances at the 1968 Nancy Festival in France. Notable awards include the Erasmus Prize of Amsterdam, 4 Obies, the Puppeteers of America's President Award, and the Vermont Governor's Award. Bread and Puppet is constantly active, performing at its farm in Glover, VT, and in local churches, schools and parades. It regularly tours Europe, Canada, and the United States and has recently visited El Salvador, Haiti, Russia, and Korea.

Founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City’s Lower East Side, the theater has been based in the North East Kingdom of Vermont since the early 1970s and is one of the oldest, nonprofit, self-supporting theatrical companies in the country.

Based on the Biography of Bread and Puppet that accompanies the Bread and Puppet Archives at the University of Vermont, Burlington. Full text at


The Spire is a vibrant community hub for the arts and non-profit groups, as well as serving as one of Kingston’s best large performance venues. For more than 170 years, the magnificent historic building at 82 Sydenham Street has been a notable Kingston landmark.

Open its doors on any particular day and see the bustle of activity for social and entrepreneurial organizations that have made The Spire their home. People of all ages, backgrounds, and convictions gather to celebrate the arts, to sing, to act, to dance, to meditate, to find safe harbour and to learn together. Today it is home to more than 20 community and cultural groups — with all their varied activities and interests.

The Spire continues to develop and open its doors to ever-broadening uses and people; it has a renewed life as a welcoming place to gather within our community and remains an ever stronger beacon of hope, inspiration, and joy.

An open and enduring downtown hub, The Spire is accessible and welcoming to Kingstonians daily. Since its original function as an 1850s Methodist Church, this building has been ready to accommodate community members. From office space leasing to performance hall rentals, The Spire offers many safe and affordable  possibilities to our neighbourhood and community.



  1. Show image by Peter Schumann.

  2. Show photos by Garrett MacClean.

  3. Archival photo by Ron Simon.