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Please note that all of the shows listed below are now closed. Take a look at our current shows to see what’s on now.


A Curious Turn: Moving Mechanical Sculpture
A Crafts Council Exhibition

Platform Gallery at Habitat, London,
15 September - 2 October

A Curious Turn features 30 automata from the leading makers of the last 40 years, ranging from the humorous to the macabre and from the playful to the satirical.


Kranenstraße 14
74072 Heilbronn
Zahnrad, Kurbel & Co (Gears, Cranks and Co)
Open Daily – admission charges apply
Until September 25th 2016


CMT in China

We are delighted to announce our first exhibition in China, at the Guang Dong Science Centre in Guangzhou, China.

Forty of our CMT automata are included in the brand new Mechanical Moving Toys Exhibition, alongside works from Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, and inspiring workshops and amazing new interactives from Fire the Inventor.

Exhibition photos by Robin Mitchell


The Clockwork Garden
We have been collaborating with the House of Fairytales, on their latest exhibition, which is capturing the imagination of children and adults alike at

Quarry Bank Mill National Trust

Check website for opening times and admission fees.

Until 11th September 2016.


Three Physical Jerks by Paul SpoonerThe Mechanicals exhibition is at The Observatory Science Centre until 31st August 2015.

The Observatory Science Centre
East Sussex
BN27 1RN

Admission Charges: Adults £8. Children £6.15. Concessions and Family Tickets also available.


Cabaret Mechanical Theatre at Eretz Museum Dancing Machine 2 – Eretz Museum, Tel Aviv

Following the success of our exhibition in 2010, (pictured), The Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv, are hosting another exhibition featuring our touring automata collection.

Dancing Machine 2 opens on 19th July 2015.

Eretz Israel Museum
2 Haim Levanon St., Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv 69975

Entrance Fees apply – for more information visit


The Misplaced MuseumThe Misplaced Museum
until March 28th 2015

Six of our automata exhibits are enchanting visitors at the House of Fairytales latest exhibition in Kingston-upon-Thames.

Free Entry: Tues – Sat 11am – 5pm / Wed Late – 7pm
The Stanley Picker Gallery,
Kingston School of Art,
Knights Park,
Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 2QJ


Mechanicals at Wilton'sWiltons Music Hall

Our Mechanicals exhibition will be at Wiltons Music Hall from 12th to 17th February, as part of a series of making events with Fire the Inventor, for adults and children.

12th – 13th February Making Nights, with wine and music.
14th February, Exhibition and Family Workshop
16th February and 17th February Half Term fun and Family Workshop.

Fire The InventorWilton’s Music Hall


The Nutcracker: Christmas at Mottisfont

Banana BoatSome of our automata are appearing at Mottisfont, National Trust, as part of their Nutcracker Christmas event.

Saturday 29 November – Sunday 4 January 2015

Start your visit with a peek into a twinkling Christmas party, then ascend the staircase to the sound of ticking clocks, to enter the dream mechanical world of the Nutcracker. Have a go operating life-size puppets and all sorts of weird and wonderful automata from the famous Cabaret Mechanical Theatre. Beautiful little lantern theatres reveal more of the story. Watch out for the exciting battle between the Mouse King and the toy soldiers before heading out to the gardens to explore the Land of Snow and ice and land of Sweets.

Mottisfont – National Trust
near Romsey
SO51 0LP


Museum Boerhaave, Leiden, Netherlands

Museum BoerhaaveOpen 1st July 2014 to 2nd November 2014

The Museum Boerhaave is the Netherlands’ National Museum of the History of Science and Medicine.
As the national treasury of scientific endeavours, the museum shows some 400 years of advances in knowledge. Developments in the various sciences can be viewed in 24 rooms on two levels. The Mechanical Circus returns to the Museum Boerhaave after it’s last visit in 2011. See 40 automata from Cabaret Mechanical Theatre alongside artefacts from the museum. All in an atmospheric circus setting.

Circus BoerhaaveMuseum Boerhaave
Lange St.
Agnietenstraat 10
2312 WC Leiden

Tel: +31 (0)71-5214224.


The Mechanicals at Teknikens Hus, Sweden

The Mechanicals

14 June to 2 November 2014

A collaboration between Science Projects Ltd and Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, The Mechanicals is a joyful interactive exhibition of comical, beautifully made automata that will give fun and knowledge to old and young.

Tuesday-Sunday 10.00-16.00. Closed on Mondays.

Admission 70 SEK / person, Children 0-4 years free admission.
Admission Price high season 23 June to 17 August 2014 90 SEK / person

Teknikens Hus Website


Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham, UK

Automata, a Collector’s Collection
16 June 2014 – 9 November 2014

Automata and mechanical and moving toys from Sir Nicholas Goodison’s contemporary collection will be shown in Walpole’s original display cabinets. The display includes traditional toys from around the world and witty works by some of the best-known modern British makers.
Entry to the exhibition is free with a paid entry ticket to the house.
No booking required.


Come Create at Think Tank, Birmingham, UK

Thinktank is inviting visitors to get in touch with their inventive side, in the new summer exhibition ‘Come Create’. Open daily from 24 May – 7 September 2014, ‘Come Create’ combines some of the more extraordinary creations from Birmingham Museums’ collection, alongside fun hands-on activities for all ages. These include making a giant ball run, creating electric circuits and fun invention-themed art activities.

There will be 12 exhibits from Cabaret Mechanical Theatre throughout the exhibition.

24th May – 7th September 2014
Open daily 10am – 5pm

Birmingham Science Museum
Millennium Point, Birmingham
B4 7AP

Think Tank Website

Thinktank isn’t the only place in Birmingham for visitors to see creativity in action. Over at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, ‘Marvellous Machines’ is open daily until 21 September. Visitors can step inside the world of machines and drawings by creator and inventor Rowland Emett, perhaps best known for his contraptions featured in the film ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’.

For further information visit


Peckham Platform, London, UK

Money Distribution Machines and other Useful Contraptions

20th May 27th July 2014

Money Distribution Machine, Chocolate Converter, Let-Others-be- Nice-To-Me Device and a Perfect Baby Dispenser; these are just a few desired appliances for life that have arisen from workshops and conversations between the artist Kathrin Böhm and service users at Three Cs, an organisation for people with learning disabilities and mental health challenges with a mental health support service on Rye Lane in Peckham.
‘Money Distribution Machine and Other Useful Contraptions’ is Peckham Platform’s second commission as an independent organisation, and the project follows Böhm’s interest in collaborative production structures. The exhibition will gather the results of the workshops alongside other unusual devices by invited artists and organisations, including Tim Hunkin’s videos of ‘home made slot machines’, Blake Fall-Conroy’s ‘Minimum Wage Machine, a device for ‘instant animation production’ by Technology Will Save Us as well as a series of 4 pieces of automata from Cabaret Mechanical Theatre.

Peckham Platform
89 Peckham High Street
London SE15 5RS

Wednesday—Friday, 11am – 6pm
Saturday—Sunday, 11am – 5pm

See more details on the website, including a talk from Tim Hunkin.


Tullie HouseThe Mechanical Circus
Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery
Castle Street,

Tel: 01228 618718

15th February to 1st June 2014
Opening Hours
Mon to Sat: 10am – 5pm (Last Admission 4pm)
Sun: 12 noon – 5pm (Last Admission 4pm)
Admission Charges : Normal Tullie House gallery charge rate applies plus an additional admission charge of £3 per adult (£2 per child) for this exciting, must see, major exhibition.

Roll up! Roll up! The Mechanical Circus exhibition is making it’s debut appearance in the UK at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery.

For more information click here.

The Flying Reiver

Cabaret Mechanical Theatre in Greenwich
12th Dec 2013 to 22nd February 2014
12 – 5 pm
Closed Sundays

We are thrilled to announce our next London exhibition, which will include new works from our automata making artists, an inspiring workshop programme, plus automata from our collection.
Artists include Paul Spooner, Keith Newstead, Lisa Slater, Simon Venus, Martin Smith, Carlos Zapata, Richard Hackney and others.

Paul McPherson Gallery
77 Lassell Street
SE10 9PJ

Click here to see the full workshop programme and book your spot!


We are delighted to be exhibiting 14 of our automata at Finton House School in London in the new Emma Thornton Building.
CMT has had close ties with the School for many years, and automata making is a key part of the Design and Technology curriculum there.

Finton House School
171, Trinity Road
London SW17 7HL

29th October to 21st November 2013

Exhibition open to Public – Tues, Wed, Thurs 5pm to 8pm
Sat 9th November 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Please contact Lucy Wheeler on 020 8682 5757 for further details or to book a visit.


Amazing Automata Tour

20 of our favourite automata are now on tour in the UK.

Come along this summer and have fun bringing the pieces to life at the touch of a button. There are lots of classics, such as Paul Spooner’s The Barecats, The Spaghetti Eater, Peter Markey’s Piano Player and Keith Newstead’s Ski-ing Dog.

Our Amazing Automata exhibition is continuing it’s stay in Scotland by popular demand.
It has now moved to:

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
Castle Wynd

Tel: +44 (0)1463 237114

Free Admission

25th October to January 4th 2014
Opening Hours
Thursday – Saturday 10am -5pm

atc hebden bridge

Alternative Technology Centre,
A lovely location beside the canal.
1st July – 31st July 2013

Hebble End Mill,
Hebden Bridge,
West Yorkshire,
Tel. 01422 842121

Opening Hours
Mon to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 pm
Sat and Sun 12 to 4 pm

£3 for adults and £1 for children

After this the exhibits will tour to Scotland and visit these two galleries in the Highlands.

17th August – 7th September 2013
St Fergus Gallery, Wick
Wick Library, Sinclair Terrace, Wick KW1 5AB
Tel. 01955 603489

14th September- 12th October 2013
Iona Gallery, Kingussie
Duke Street, Kingussie, Inverness-shire, PH21 1JG


The Mechanicals and Automata Workshops at The Abu Dhabi Science Festival

We are very excited about taking part in this year’s Abu Dhabi Science Festival.
Our Mechanicals Exhibition will be on display, and we will be running automata-making workshops throughout.
We will be at the Corniche Location.

14th – 23rd November 2013

For more information and updates click here:-


MottisfontCMT Automata Exhibition
The Art Gallery at Mottisfont

18 exhibits from our collection will be on show as part of an exhibition on the theme of childhood and imagination. The exhibition features the classic illustrations of E H Shephard, as well as a collection of new work from Keith Newstead, and a Kite Making display and workshops.

The Dead Sea by Keith NewsteadThe House at Pooh Corner:
13 July – 15 September 2013

near Romsey,
SO51 0LP

Telephone: 01794 340757

Admission included with Entrance Fee to Mottisfont


Poisoned Milk by Paul SpoonerMagical Mechanicals

The Mechanicals Exhibition will be visiting the Unicorn Theatre in London this summer.Come along and see our fabulous automata, and learn more about how they work with this interactive exhibition.

The exhibition is in the Clore Studio, and coincides with a new theatre production, Lionboy from the award-winning theatre company Complicite.

9th July to 21st July 2013

Clore Studio
Unicorn Theatre
147 Tooley Street


Unicorn Theatre Website

Unicorn Theatre


Cabaret Mechanical Theatre aboard MS Stubnitz

Exhibition and Automata Workshops

13th March to 12th April 2013
“Hidden away in Hold One of the Stubnitz, a dozen precious and intricate machines sleepily await visitors to press their buttons and trigger them into action. Gears and cogs power up miniature performances that are funny, strange and unexpected. These are the automata of the Cabaret of Mechanical Theatre. Here you will find ingenious engineering allied with high art, a mischievous sense of humour, and even the chance to learn something of the art of mechanical movement yourself.

MS Stubnitz,
Montgomery Street,
Wood Wharf
E14 9SB

Admission Fee (on the door, cash only)
£5.00 Adults
£3.50 Under 18′s and Concessions
Under 5′s Free

Exhibition Opening Times
March 13th – March 26th
Weekdays 12-2pm to 5-7pm
Weekends 12 – 5 pm

EXHBITION CLOSED 27th March to 31st March

1st April to 12th April
Open Daily 12 – 5 pm

Exhibition Launch 12th March 6 – 9 pm
Join us for a glass of wine at the opening of the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre exhibition and take part in a free workshop – details below.
Tickets: £10 Buy Now (or on the door, cash only)

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Automata Workshop Programme

Ensemble Automata Workshop Event with Cabaret Mechanical Theatre
12th March – 6.30 – 8p.m

Exercise your creative and making skills by building a machine to join a snaking line of linked-up automata. Over 50 machines will form an amazing temporary collaborative moving sculpture which last performed at the V&A.
Uses pre-made components and a big pile of random found objects. No tools or special skills required.
Note: the machines cannot be taken home.

Workshop free with entry ticket to launch event – £10 – see above.

One Day Introduction to Automata-making with Cabaret Mechanical Theatre
23rd March 10 a.m. to 5 pm

A hands-on, experimental workshop that introduces and explores the creative power of cams and cranks. Using pre-made wood and metal components each participant will construct a cam and crankshaft mechanism. Using this mechanism, participants will learn how to harness the kinetic potential of turning a handle and making static objects come alive.
Participants can take their creations home.

Adults Only

£95 per person

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Mechanical Art Workshop for Families with Cabaret Mechanical Theatre

3rd April – 2 pm to 4 pm

Connect art and technology by making a mechancial toy or automata. Using a mix of pre-made parts, craft materials, various bits and pieces, and a glue gun, you can make and take home a cam-driven machine which bursts into life at the turn of a handle.
Workshop suitable for all ages over five (under eights will need adult help).

£10 per kit per session
Book now or pay on the door.
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The Mechanicals – Life Science Centre – Newcastle

13th Feb – 28th April 2013

Life Science Centre,
Times Square,
Newcastle Upon Tyne


CMT at Space Station Sixty-Five Part 2

space station 6527th September 2012 to 6th January 2013
Thursday to Sundays 11 a.m. to 6 pm
Closed Mon, Tues, Wed.

Space Station Sixty-Five
65 North Cross Road
London, SE22 9ET

We have welcomed over 10,000 visitors to our summer exhibition at Space Station Sixty-Five, and by popular demand there will be a second free exhibition at the space.
Come and visit a new selection of exhibits, with many favourites still on show.
The shop will be open throughout selling books, cutouts, kits and automata, perfect for Christmas shopping.
East Dulwich has a whole host of independent shops and cafes to enjoy during your visit.


The Mechanicals – Pontypridd Museum – UK

1st October to 26th October 2012

Pontypridd Museum
Historical Centre
The Old Bridge
CF37 3PE


Cabaret Mechanical Theatre @ Space Station Sixty-Five (East Dulwich) Part One

space station 6529th June 2012 to 7th September 2012
Open Tuesday to Sunday 11 am to 6 pm

Space Station Sixty-Five (East Dulwich)
65 North Cross Road
SE22 9ET

As London celebrates an historic summer, Space Station Sixty-Five are delighted to host a free exhibition of contemporary automata from Cabaret Mechanical Theatre at their original gallery in East Dulwich. Come along and press the buttons and bring these ingenious machines to life. Watch the performers in Ron Fuller’s tiny mechanical circus, marvel at Keith Newstead’s lifelike brassy peacock, and see many of Paul Spooner’s humorous creations including the man who eats his own weight in spaghetti – in the bath.


CMT presents Automata! – Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery – UK

Our touring exhibition, Cabaret Mechanical Theatre Presents Automata!, will be in Gloucester this summer.

Brunswick Road,
Tel.(01452) 396131

Open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 to 17.00

Adults £3
Children £2
Under 5′s Free

Sat 14th July to Sat 8th September 2012

The private view will take place Thursday 12th July. Click here to download the invite.


The Mechanicals – Dorman Museum – UK

The Mechanicals

Dorman Museum
Linthorpe Road

July 23rd to August 26th 2012

Click for images of The Mechanicals


The Mechanicals

A collaboration between Science Projects Ltd and Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, The Mechanicals is a joyful interactive exhibition of comical, beautifully made automata that will give fun and knowledge to old and young.

Observatory Science Centre

October 12th until May 13th 2012


Cabaret Mechanical Theatre presents Automata!

This new exhibition of 20 exhibits from our collection is travelling to Hampshire for the run-up to Christmas this year.

Many of the exhibits are by Paul Spooner, including several of his iconic Anubis pieces.

Exhibition open 5th November to 24th December 2011

Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4.30pm
Admission Free

Allen Gallery
Church Street
GU34 2BW

Click here for Culture 24 Article

Allen Gallery Website


The Mechanicals – The Oxfordshire Museum, UK

We have teamed up with Science Projects (leading interactive exhibit designers) to create a new travelling exhibition. The first venue will be the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock. Come along and see some of our most popular automata alongside new mechanical exhibits. Based on our book, Cabaret Mechanical Movement, these will enable visitors to experiment with the mechanisms on a large scale. A programme of workshops will run throughout the exhibition.

The MechanicalsExhibition opens 30th July and continues until 11th September 2011.

The Oxfordshire Museum
Fletcher’s House
Park Street
OX20 1SN

Click here for article in The Oxford Times


Museum Boerhaave, Leiden, Netherlands

Museum BoerhaaveOpen 28th April 2011 to 1st September 2011

The Museum Boerhaave is the Netherlands’ National Museum of the History of Science and Medicine.
As the national treasury of scientific endeavours, the museum shows some 400 years of advances in knowledge. Developments in the various sciences can be viewed in 24 rooms on two levels. Curators Marieke Meijers and Tim Huisman are integrating CMT automata with many pieces from the museum’s collection of bizarre medical machines.

Circus BoerhaaveMuseum Boerhaave
Lange St.
Agnietenstraat 10
2312 WC Leiden

Tel: +31 (0)71-5214224.

Click here for CultureLab article (Dutch)


Eretz Israel Museum – Tel-Aviv

12th July to 10th October 2010.

2 Haim Levanon, Ramat Aviv, Tel – Aviv 69975

Eretz Israel Museum Site

Cabaret Mechanical Theatre at Eretz Israel MuseumArticle from the Jerusalem Post – Download PDF

Click Here for Jerusalem Post Arts and Culture Article


Miami Science Museum – USA

5th Feb to 6th September 2010 Extended by popular demand. Now closes on November 29th 2010.

Miami Science Museum
3280 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33129

Miami Science Museum website

Click here for article in The Miami Examiner


The Ride of Life at Woodstock, Oxfordshire

The Oxfordshire Museum
10th January to 28th March 2010

The Oxfordshire Museum
Fletcher’s House
Park Street
OX20 1SN

Click Here for Article in Oxford Mail

Click here for BBC News Video

The Ride of LifeAutomata portraying a satire on the 1980s British way of life in the form of the Adam and Eve public bar. The scene throbs and pulses with fertility and creation! Designed by Ron Fuller. Includes adult content and is not suitable for children.


El Parque de las Ciencias – Granada – Spain

el-parqueExtended by popular demand.
1st November – 31st Jan 2010 14th February 2010

El Parque de las Ciencias
Avda. del Mediterraneo s/n
18006 Granada

mother earthA new exhibition including large scale work from Carlos Zapata, and Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre.

Press Article

News Video


Don Harrington Discovery Centre – Texas – USA

Amazing Amusing Machines – Touring Exhibition

Opens June 2nd 2009
Closes September 20th 2009
Extended by popular demand!
Now closes 8th January 2010.

1200 Streit Drive


DASA – Dortmund – Germany

October 4th to December 30th 2009

Friedrich-Henkel-Weg 1-25
D-44149 Dortmund,

tippoos-tigerOur European Travelling Exhibition moves to Germany, and is be hosted by DASA, a fascinating venue, which explores the world of humans and their work. Extraordinary innovative exhibition design challenges all the senses while experiencing yesterday’s, today’s and tomorrow’s world of work.


Cabaret Mechanical Theatre – Ginza – Tokyo – Japan

CMT Japanese Touring Exhibition
Open 1st May – 25th December 2009

Ginza 6-8-3 Owaricho Bldg. 1F (at the corner of Miyuki St. and Suzuran St.)

Opening hours
Mon-Fri: 11:30-18:30
Sat, Sun & National Holidays: 11:00-19:00
No charge – machines are coin operated.

These exhibits were originally on display in Otaru, Hokkaido for over 15 years.


Scotland Street School museum – Glasgow – UK

Scotland Street School Museum
Mechanics Alive!! returns from the 2008 tour of Australia to make it’s first visit to Scotland.
26th June 2009 – 28th September 2009

225 Scotland Street
G5 8QB

Scotland Street School Museum site


El Parque de las Ciencias – Granada – Spain

CMT European Touring Exhibition

Extended due to popular demand!

Opens 3rd November 2008
Now closes 31st March 2009

Our European Touring exhibition moves to a stunning setting in Granada, Southern Spain beneath the Sierra Nevada.

See all the exhibits here.

Avda. del Mediterraneo
18006 Granada

For more info:


Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

Amazing Amusing Machines – Touring Exhibition

Opens 1st October 2008
Closes 2nd March 2009

Our collection of 20 exhibits from the Fourteen Ball Toy Company is spending six months in Chicago – a great holiday outing!

5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
IL 60637

For more info:


Questacon – Canberra – Australia

Mechanics Alive!! – Touring Exhibition

Opens 1st November 2008
Closes 27th January 2009

The Australian Tour continues and Mechanics Alive!! has moved from Perth to Canberra – 35 pieces plus workshops.

See all the exhibits here.

King Edward Terrace
ACT 2600

For more info:


Mechanics Alive!! at The Western Australia Museum

15th March – 11th May 2008
The Western Australia Museum, Perth, WA, Australia

Mechanics Alive was on show as part of the 20th UNIMA Congress and World Puppetry Festival presented by Spare Parts puppet theatre.

It was Cabaret Mechanical Theatre’s first exhibition in Australia.


PhantasieMechanik at phaeno

22nd February – 31st August 2008

phaeno, Wolfsburg, Germany

Over 100,000 visitors have enjoyed the exhibition at phaeno in Germany,
which featured the work of 10 CMT artists as well as Arthur Ganson, Norman Tuck and Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre. Click here for images of the show.

Article in Time Magazine


Mechanics Alive!! in Bangkok

July 26th – September 30th 2007
Thailand Creative and Design Center, Bangkok

Mechanics Alive!! was officially opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Siriwanwaree Nareeratana of Thailand. The exhibition is proving to be a real crowd pleaser.


Mechanics Alive!! in Seoul

April 12th – May 19th 2007
Seongnam Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
23rd May until 30th June 2007
Chungmu Art Hall, Seoul, Korea

This first ever Korean tour has been organised by our colleague Min Kyoung Cho, at UTOSPACE. Cho has been a tremendous fan of CMT since she first saw our exhibition at the Oxo Gallery in London 3 years ago.


Cabaret Mechanical Theatre & The Ride of Life at Kinetica

6th April to 5th May 2007

Kinetica Museum Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6AA

Come and see this fantastic new exhibition with over 80 pieces of automata from the past 28 years of CMT, featuring the work of 19 artists, including Paul Spooner, Arthur Ganson, Ron Fuller, Peter Markey, Tim Hunkin and Carlos Zapata.

Tim Hunkin’s Chiropodist will be on hand to treat your tired feet, and we also have the last remaining scene from the Ride of Life.


Mechanics Alive!! in Singapore

December 10th 2006 – March 22nd 2007
Singapore Science Centre

The exhibition is part of iFutures a celebration of new technologies in Singapore. CMT’s automata are used to introduce a pre-digital and artistic element to the exhibition.
There are a series of workshops planned using the Designing Automata Kit.


‘Mechanical Magic’ in Scunthorpe

Until 23rd September 2006 our Touring Exhibition Mechanics Alive!! is part of a new automata exhibition at the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre. Also featuring the work of Johnny White, Martin Smith, Carlos Zapata, Andy Hazel, Tom Wilkinson, Ian Mckay, John Lumbus and Robert Race.

St John’s Church
Church Square
North Lincolnshire
DN15 6TB


USA Exhibit continues at Science Station – Iowa

Update: Exhibition extended until September 2006
Opening Hours:
Monday – Closed
Tuesday through Thursday – 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday & Saturday – 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Sunday – 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Science Station
427 First St. S.E.
Cedar Rapids,
IA 52402-1808

Phone: (319) 363-4629



Cabaret Mechanics – Xmas Show in London

Join us for our annual exhibition and programme of workshops.

8th December ’05 to 2nd January ’06
(Closed 25th, 26th December)
Open Daily 11 a.m. To 6 pm
(Dec 24th and 31st, 11a.m. To 3 pm)
Admission Free

We have a fantastic exhibition of over 60 pieces of automata, many original works and some new pieces from Paul Spooner, Keith Newstead, Peter Markey, Ron Fuller, Carlos Zapata, Martin Smith, Matt Smith and Tim Hunkin.

Come and press the buttons and turn the handles to bring the pieces to life, start to understand the ingenious mechanisms that make them work, and then have a go at making your own.


‘Magie Mécanique’ Exhibition – Besançon, France

Our touring exhibition travels to France this winter to:

Musée du Temps
4 place Granvelle
25000 Besançon

26th Nov 2005 – 8th January 2006

You can see thirty original works by Paul Spooner, Keith Newstead, Ron Fuller, Peter Markey and Michael Howard.

For more information
tel: +33 (0) 3818 78430


USA Tour Moves to Science Museum of Minnesota

Our USA touring exhibit Amazing Amusing Machines, (last seen at Exploratorium, San Francisco, summer 2004) is scheduled to delight the crowds at the Science Museum of Minnesota from 19th Oct. 2005 until Jan 2006.

Start to understand the mechanics behind the pieces, as CMT’s Barecats guide you through this fascinating exhibition with their simple explanations and amusing insights.

You will want to try making your own – help is at hand!

November 3 & 5 Create Your Own Automata!
Cabaret Mechanical Theater Workshops
Join Sue Jackson and Sarah Alexander, automata artists and curators of Cabaret Mechanical Theater, for a workshop exploring the world and construction of Automata (mechanical puppets).
Adult Automata Workshop
Thursday, November 3; 7-9 p.m.
Family Automata Workshop
Saturday, November 5; 1-3 p.m.


UK Touring Exhibition – Mechanics Alive!!

Our Touring Exhibition Mechanics Alive!! can be seen at Bedales Gallery from 28th September. Come and have fun, and understand the mechanics of some of your favourite pieces. Artists include Paul Spooner, Peter Markey, Ron Fuller, Keith Newstead and Carlos Zapata – with many pieces from the original collection.

28th Sept to 19th Oct 2005
Mon – Fri 2 – 5pm, Sat 10am – 1pm

Admission Free

Parties of over 15: Please ring to make a reservation.

Bedales Gallery
Church Road
GU32 2DG

Tel: 01730 304 236

For further details contact:
John Barker, email:


CMT Automata at Dublin Robot Show

We are delighted to show six of our favourite pieces of Paul Spooner’s automata, including Manet’s Olympia, as part of Save the Robots a major exhibition and festival at The Ark, Dublin’s Cultural Centre for Children. The exhibition celebrates the astonishing world of artificial humans and mechanical beasts.
22nd June to 30th Sept. 2005
The Ark, 11a Eustace Street, Dublin
Tel: + 353 (0) 670 7788


Cabaret Mechanical Christmas in December ’04

CMT returned to London

9th December ’04 to 3rd January 2005

We celebrated the return of our original collection to the UK, inicluding Paul Spooner’s Manet’s Olympia and The Flight into Egypt, Keith Newstead’s Junkas Giles Agriplane, Peter Markey’s early wave machines, and Ron Fuller’s Circus.
Oxo Tower Wharf
Bargehouse Street


Exhibition in Paris – Dec. ’04

‘Jeux d’Automates – créations animées pour petits et grands’

5th November – 5th December 2004

Musée des Automates
Hôtel Arturo Lopez
12, rue du Centre
92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine

Featured work from:
Keith Newstead, Peter Markey, Carlos Zapata, Matt Smith, Paul Spooner, Nikki Taylor and Martin Smith, as well as French artist Andre Demoulin.


Paul Spooner – A Day at the Butchers – Sep. ’04

This was a rare chance to see a gathering of Spooner’s work. The last solo exhibition was ‘Scenes from Everyday Life’ in 1993, (Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, Covent Garden).

Inspired by the collection of model butcher’s shops in the Museum of Childhood, London, most of Spooner’s new mechanical works feature small buildings, carved and painted meat and the figure of the butcher – a man prepared to take care of the sticky business that many of us shy away from…

September 20th – September 25th 2004

Gallery 27 – 27 Cork Street, London W1

Talk: Paul Spooner gave a talk and guided tour of the exhibition at 3 pm on Thursday 23rd September. Article: An article on Paul Spooner and the new show was in The Observer (Sun. 5th Sep.). You can read it without the pictures here.


CMT at the Exploratorium, San Francisco

We were delighted to take part in this summer’s ‘Tinkering!’ event at the Exploratorium in San Franscisco with an exhibition of 25 pieces of automata. The exhibition included Keith Newstead’s ‘All Weather Cycle’ and his wonderful Eclipse machine, as well as many 14 Balls favourites like the Goat in the Bath and the Council Counsellor (above).

Read about and see some pictures of Keith Newstead’s visit to the Exploratorium in the San Francisco Chronicle.


Times Article – July ’04

For news on our main collection, you can read this article from the Times Newspaper (Monday 5th July 2004).


Cabaret Mechanical Festival – Dec ’03

The Festival ran from December 17th 2003 to January 11th 2004 at (Oxo Tower Wharf, London) and was a great success.

The Festival was a spectacular exhibition of automata with talks, workshops, demonstrations and retail area. You can listen to a BBC Radio Four feature on the festival on Woman’s Hour


Exhibition News: Automata!

We were delighted to welcome over 25,000 visitors at our Touring Exhibition, Automata! this summer. With over 50 pieces of automata from Paul Spooner and Matt Smith (Fourteen Ball Toy Co), Keith Newstead, Carlos Zapata, Peter Markey and Martin Smith, Automata! is the most popular exhibition that the Royal Pump Rooms have ever had.


Automata Exhibition – Out of the Box! – Dec ’02

Celebrating 20 years of contemporary automata from Cabaret Mechanical Theatre. Thanks to everyone who supported us by visiting our this show – it was a great success.

The Air Gallery
9th December – 14th December 2002
32, Dover Street, London W1

Featured artists: Paul Spooner, Peter Markey, Ron Fuller, Carlos Zapata, Martin Smith, and Keith Newstead. Rodney Peppe wil be signing his new book, ‘Automta and Mechanical Toys’ on Tuesday 10th December 2-3pm


Please note that all of the shows listed above are now closed. Take a look at our current shows to see what’s on now.