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[[Image:Muppet_Theatre_GO_TO_MOVIES.jpg|thumb|300px|The Theater in ''The Muppets Go to the Movies''.]]
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[[File:Muppet_Theatre_GO_TO_MOVIES.jpg|thumb|300px|The Muppet Theatre in ''The Muppets Go to the Movies''<br><small>''{{medialink|filename=Muppet_Theatre_slightly_closer.jpg|text=closer view}}''</small>]]
[[Image:Muppettheatre-outside.jpg|thumb|300px|The Muppet Theater, exterior, in ''It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie''.]]
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[[File:Muppettheatre-outside.jpg|thumb|300px|''It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie''.]]
[[Image:Muppet_theatre_landmark.jpg|thumb|300px|[[Pepe the King Prawn|Pepe]] registers a document certifying the Muppet Theater as an historical landmark.]]
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[[File:Muppet_theatre_landmark.jpg|thumb|300px|Registered as an historical landmark in 2002.]]
[[Image:Theatre_front_2011.jpg|thumb|300px|The Muppet Theatre (British spelling) exterior as it appears in ''The Muppets'']]
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[[File:Theatre_front_2011.jpg|thumb|300px|The Muppet Theatre in ''The Muppets'' (2011).]]
[[Image:Muppet_theatre_dirty.jpg|thumb|300px|The Muppet Theater in disrepair, as seen in ''The Muppets''.]]
 
[[Image:theater4.png|thumb|300px]]
 
[[Image:TheMuppets-(2011)-TheOtherBox.jpg|thumb|300px|The rarely seen balcony, opposite Statler & Waldorf's box.]]
 
[[Image:TheMuppets-(2011)-TheaterCurtainRailSystemInstalledOnJimHensonsBirthday.jpg|thumb|300px|The theater's curtain rail system, installed on the day Jim Henson was born.]]
 
   
'''The Muppet Theater''' is the setting for ''[[The Muppet Show]]'' -- a grand old [[Vaudeville|vaudeville]] house that has seen better days. In [[Episode 106: Jim Nabors|episode 106]], [[Kermit the Frog|Kermit]] identifies the name of the theater as The Benny Vandergast Memorial Theater, although by the time of ''[[It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie]]'', it is simply called "The Muppet Theater."
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'''The Muppet Theatre''' is the setting for ''[[The Muppet Show]]'', where it was first established over the course of five seasons of television. It is a grand old [[Vaudeville|vaudeville]] house that has seen better days, but still manages to suit the showbusiness needs of the Muppets.
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The building's exterior is first seen in the series' coda, ''[[The Muppets Go to the Movies]]'', where the camera pans back from the stage, out the front doors, and provides a full view of The Muppet Theatre name on the building. [[Kermit the Frog]] serves as a house manager to the theatre which is owned by [[Scooter]]'s uncle [[J.P. Grosse]] (a fact Scooter is often happy to reiterate with his amphibious boss).
   
According to ''[[The Phantom of the Muppet Theater]]'', the theater was built by a stage actor named [[John Stone]] in 1802. At some point a production of ''[[Hamlet]]'' ran in the theater, with Stone playing the title role. An alternate exterior is also shown in the book. The original exterior can be seen at the end of ''[[The Muppets Go to the Movies]]''. It was renovated by the time of ''It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie''.
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According to [[The Phantom of the Muppet Theater|a 1991 storybook]], the theatre was built by a stage actor named [[John Stone]] in 1802. In ''The Muppet Show'' [[Episode 106: Jim Nabors|episode 106]], Kermit identifies the structure as The Benny Vandergast Memorial Theatre, but following the Muppets' residency, The Muppet Theatre name becomes prominently displayed on {{medialink|filename=Muppet_Theatre_MB_puzzle.jpg|text=advertising posters}} and {{medialink|filename=Muppet_Theatre_poster_TMS316.jpg|text=backstage signs}}. The British spelling of Theatre can be attributed to its location in [[London]]; while locking up the doors at the end of ''The Muppets Go to the Movies'', [[Miss Piggy]] asks Kermit to walk her to The Tube, London's subway system ("I love to walk to The Tube!", she exclaims).
   
Locations seen in the Muppet Theater are [[Backstage|backstage right]], the [[Guest Star's Dressing Room|dressing rooms]], the [[The Attic|attic]], the [[The Canteen|canteen]], the [[The Prop Room|prop room]], the [[Beauregard's Storing Room|storage room]], the [[boiler room]], the [[Muppet Theater Stage|stage]], the house, the [[Reception|stage door lobby]], and the [[The Stage Door|back alley]]. In ''[[The Comic Muppet Book]]'' and ''[[Bo Saves the Show]]'' there is also a cellar where the monsters stay in.
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After ''The Muppet Show'', the location of The Muppet Theatre becomes more ambiguous; either as a result of renting playhouses in different cities, or through the magic of the Muppets' inconsistent continuity. Most stage areas occupied by the Muppets are either called The Muppet Theatre in name or bear some resemblance to the their original home on ''The Muppet Show''. For example, commercials for [[Polaroid]], ''[[The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson]]'', Weezer's "[[Keep Fishin']]" music video, and [[#Appearances|others]], are close facsimiles of the original theatre (sometimes with modifications), and are most likely meant to serve as such.
   
[[Scooter|Scooter's]] uncle [[J.P. Grosse]] owns the theater, and rents it to [[the Muppets]], as Scooter is only too happy to remind [[Kermit the Frog|Kermit]]. In a deleted scene from ''It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie'', Kermit reveals that J.P. has passed away and left the theater to the Muppets. This would have taken place sometime after [[1997]], as J.P. can be seen (and referred to as such by [[the Head of the Network|the head]] of the [[KMUP]] network) in ''[[Muppets Tonight]]'' [[Episode 102: Garth Brooks|episode 102]] and was last seen at KMUP in [[Episode 206: Paula Abdul|episode 206]].
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''[[It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie]]'' clearly establishes a theatre located in [[New York City]], as Piggy's apartment (in an [[The World in which Kermit was Never Born|alternate universe]]) has a view of the twin towers of New York's [[World Trade Center]]. The plot of the TV movie involves the theatre being in jeopardy of finding itself repurposed as a night club. [[Rachel Bitterman|Its owner's]] plan is ultimately foiled by [[Pepe the King Prawn]] when he registers the theatre as an historical landmark; the document uses the Americanized spelling, The Muppet Theater.
   
According to the events of ''It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie'', as of December 24, [[2002]], the theater is an Official Historical Landmark. It can never be torn down nor changed. It will always remain the Muppet Theater, no matter who owns it.
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A third definitive location was established in the 2011 film ''[[The Muppets (2011)|The Muppets]]'', where it's situated within the [[Muppet Studios]] lot in [[Hollywood]]. The [[El Capitan Theatre]] served as The Muppet Theatre exterior during filming, returning the name to its British spelling, The Muppet Theatre. This version of the theater was used in ''[[Muppets Most Wanted]]'' and a promotional ad for [[Orange]].
   
In ''[[The Muppet Show Comic Book: The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson]]'', [[Rizzo the Rat]] and his team of [[rats]] have torn it down in their search for the Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson.
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==Notable events==
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[[File:TMS507-06.jpg|thumb|300px|The Muppet Theatre afloat at sea...]]
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[[File:TMS507-08.jpg|thumb|300px|...with Sweetums at the helm in [[Episode 507: Glenda Jackson|episode 507]].]]
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* The theatre finds itself in flames throughout much of [[Episode 303: Roy Clark|episode 303]]; Fozzie keeps the crisis from Kermit for as long as possible.
   
The theater also appears in the 2011 film ''[[The Muppets (2011)|The Muppets]]'', where it's located next door to Muppet Studios. The exterior of the [[El Capitan Theatre]] served as The Muppet Theater exterior during filming, providing it with the British English spelling, "The Muppet Theatre." Production designer [[Steve Saklad]] was charged with re-creating the theatre interior. The set itself was reworked from a 1925 set built for ''[[The Phantom of the Opera]]''. Of the task, Saklad said:
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* In need of fumigation, the Muppets vacate the theatre in [[Episode 308: Loretta Lynn|episode 308]], relocating to the train station for the duration of the show.
   
{{Quote|They go into the theater, and really the heart of our movie is the transformation of the theater from the way they first find it, which is completely desolate, condemned by the board of health, pigeons are flying around in the open holes in the ceiling.
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* [[Gonzo]] attempts to defuse a bomb in [[Episode 407: Dudley Moore|episode 407]], but he's foiled by [[M.A.M.M.A.]] and blows up half the theatre.
 
Eventually they transform this — this nasty looking place into the sort of glory days of the Muppet Theater. Now I should explain, the — the theater was very important to us to get right. In the old TV show, there’s a simplified version of a kind of Muppet Theater. It’s kind of sweet and quaint; not very real looking. Our story is this: Once, there was a real Muppet Theater; great old, 100-year-old, [[Vaudeville]] Theater with ghosts and history, and these great acts that had always played there.
 
 
We’ll show you the full front of the audience, all the on-stage workings with the pin rails and the dimmer boards, and all the backstage areas and the dressing rooms all in one great space, so that you can go anywhere within that theater. You can go from the front of the audience up onto the stage, over to Kermit’s table, and then up the stairs and go right into Piggy’s dressing room, and it will all — always all be right there. So this was the sketch I did to transform a standing set that exists at Universal Studios for the ''Phantom of the Opera''. This set was built in 1925. It’s still there. It’s a — it’s a relic that we — that — it’s historical, you know, sort of, it’s a space that no one can touch.
 
 
So we went in, transformed it into a classic, [[Broadway]]-style theater, front of house. We built a proscenium, we built everything behind the proscenium, which this model shows to encompass our backstage. And here are some of the shots of the very decrepit first look at the theater, and then how it gets transformed into the shiny, sparkly, ready-for-opening-night look.<ref>[http://www.sippycupmom.com/2011/11/the-muppets-interview-with-production-designer-steve-saklad.html The #Muppets: Interview with Production Designer Steve Saklad. www.sippycupmom.com. November 13, 2011.]</ref>}}
 
   
Special tribute was paid to Muppets creator [[Jim Henson]], with the theater's curtain rail system donning the installation date of September 24, 1936, the day Henson was born. The date can be spotted briefly in a scene that shows the Muppets sleeping on the rafters and in hammocks on stage.
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* Oil is found under the theatre in [[Episode 410: Kenny Rogers|episode 410]], so J.P. sells the mining rights to the [[Guest Star's Dressing Room]].
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* The entire theatre sets sail on the open ocean when it's hijacked by [[pirates]] in [[Episode 507: Glenda Jackson|episode 507]].
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* When the roof rots through, contractors relocate it to the shop for maintenance in [[Episode 516: Gladys Knight|episode 516]].
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* The lights are out in the theatre throughout the show when an electrical fuse is blown in [[Episode 522: Buddy Rich|episode 522]]. Additionally, guest star [[Buddy Rich]] "plays" the theatre, using the walls and items in several areas as percussive instruments for his drum sticks.
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* [[Rizzo the Rat|Rizzo]] leads the [[rats]] on a hunt to find hidden treasure, demolishing the theatre in the process, in ''[[The Muppet Show Comic Book: The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson]]''.
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* The theatre is in danger of being repurposed by its owner, prompting the Muppets to win their stage back from the villainous threat [[Similarities between It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie and The Muppets|in both ''It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie'' and ''The Muppets'' (2011)]].
   
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==Rooms==
 
==Rooms==
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Defined areas seen in The Muppet Theatre include [[Backstage|backstage right]], the [[Guest Star's Dressing Room|dressing rooms]], the [[The Attic|attic]], the [[The Canteen|canteen]], the [[The Prop Room|prop room]], the [[Beauregard's Storing Room|storage room]], the [[boiler room]], the [[Muppet Theater Stage|stage]], the house, the [[Reception|stage door lobby]], and the [[The Stage Door|back alley]].
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In ''[[The Comic Muppet Book]]'' and ''[[Bo Saves the Show]]'' there is also a cellar where the monsters stay.
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TmsAttic.jpg|[[The attic|Attic]]|link=The attic
 
TmsAttic.jpg|[[The attic|Attic]]|link=The attic
Image:Theater1.png|[[Muppet Theater Auditorium|Auditorium]]|link=Muppet Theater Auditorium
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Theater1.png|[[Muppet Theater Auditorium|Auditorium]]|link=Muppet Theater Auditorium
 
TmsBackstage2.jpg|[[Backstage]]|link=Backstage
 
TmsBackstage2.jpg|[[Backstage]]|link=Backstage
 
Boilerroom.jpg|[[The Boiler Room|Boiler Room]]|link=The Boiler Room
 
Boilerroom.jpg|[[The Boiler Room|Boiler Room]]|link=The Boiler Room
VMX-FinaleCast.jpg|Box Office
 
 
Canteen.jpg|[[The Canteen|Canteen]]|link=The Canteen
 
Canteen.jpg|[[The Canteen|Canteen]]|link=The Canteen
 
Dressingroom.jpg|[[Guest Star's Dressing Room]]|link=Guest Star's Dressing Room
 
Dressingroom.jpg|[[Guest Star's Dressing Room]]|link=Guest Star's Dressing Room
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105-17.jpg|[[Statler and Waldorf's Box]]|link=Statler and Waldorf's Box
 
105-17.jpg|[[Statler and Waldorf's Box]]|link=Statler and Waldorf's Box
 
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==Behind the scenes==
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[[File:Muppet theatre sketch.jpg|thumb|300px|Production design sketch for the auditorium as seen in ''The Muppets'' (2011) by production designer Steve Saklad.]]
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[[File:TheMuppets-(2011)-TheaterCurtainRailSystemInstalledOnJimHensonsBirthday.jpg|thumb|300px|The theater's curtain rail system, installed on the day Jim Henson was born.]]
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[[Steve Saklad]], production designer on ''The Muppets'', was charged with re-creating the theatre interior for the 2011 film. The set itself was reworked from a 1925 set built for ''[[The Phantom of the Opera]]''. Of the task, Saklad said:
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{{Quote|They go into the theater, and really the heart of our movie is the transformation of the theater from the way they first find it, which is completely desolate, condemned by the board of health, pigeons are flying around in the open holes in the ceiling.
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Eventually they transform this — this nasty looking place into the sort of glory days of the Muppet Theatre. Now I should explain, the — the theater was very important to us to get right. In the old TV show, there’s a simplified version of a kind of Muppet Theatre. It’s kind of sweet and quaint; not very real looking. Our story is this: Once, there was a real Muppet Theatre; great old, 100-year-old, [[vaudeville]] Theatre with ghosts and history, and these great acts that had always played there.
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We’ll show you the full front of the audience, all the on-stage workings with the pin rails and the dimmer boards, and all the backstage areas and the dressing rooms all in one great space, so that you can go anywhere within that theater. You can go from the front of the audience up onto the stage, over to Kermit’s table, and then up the stairs and go right into Piggy’s dressing room, and it will all — always all be right there. So this was the sketch I did to transform a standing set that exists at Universal Studios for the ''Phantom of the Opera''. This set was built in 1925. It’s still there. It’s a — it’s a relic that we — that — it’s historical, you know, sort of, it’s a space that no one can touch.
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So we went in, transformed it into a classic, [[Broadway]]-style theater, front of house. We built a proscenium, we built everything behind the proscenium, which this model shows to encompass our backstage. And here are some of the shots of the very decrepit first look at the theater, and then how it gets transformed into the shiny, sparkly, ready-for-opening-night look.<ref>[http://www.sippycupmom.com/2011/11/the-muppets-interview-with-production-designer-steve-saklad.html The #Muppets: Interview with Production Designer Steve Saklad. www.sippycupmom.com. November 13, 2011.]</ref>}}
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Special tribute was paid to Muppets creator [[Jim Henson]], with the theater's curtain rail system donning the installation date of September 24, 1936, the day Henson was born. The date can be spotted briefly in a scene that shows the Muppets sleeping on the rafters and in hammocks on stage.
   
 
==Staff==
 
==Staff==
[[Image:Muppet-Stage-Hooray.jpg|thumb|300px]]
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* [[Kermit the Frog]]: Host, performer
[[Image:theater2.png|thumb|300px]]
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* [[Pops]]: Doorman, box office
[[Image:theater3.png|thumb|300px]]
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* [[Scooter]]: Go-fer
[[Image:The Muppets Theater (3).jpg|thumb|300px]]
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* [[George the Janitor]]
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* [[Beauregard]]: Janitor and stagehand
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* [[Beaker]]: Stagehand, lab assistant
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* [[Hilda]]: Wardrobe
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* [[Gladys (Muppet Show)|Gladys]]: Canteen staff
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* [[The Swedish Chef]]: Canteen staff, performer
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* [[Fozzie Bear]]: Stand-up comedian
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* [[Gonzo]]: Stunt Performer
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* [[Miss Piggy]]: Performer
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* [[Lew Zealand]]: Performer
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* [[Wayne and Wanda]]: Singers
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* [[Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem|The Electric Mayhem]]: House band
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* [[Nigel (Muppet Show)|Nigel]]: Conductor
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* [[The Muppet Orchestra]]
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* [[Security Guard]]
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* [[Harvey (Muppet Show)|Harvey]]: lighting director
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* [[J. P. Grosse]]: owner
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* [[Rachel Bitterman]]: owner
   
*[[Kermit the Frog]]: Host, performer
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*[[Pops]]: Doorman, box office
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Muppet Theatre slightly closer.jpg|Building front exterior, in detail
*[[Scooter]]: Go-fer
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Muppet Theatre poster TMS316.jpg|Promotional poster seen in seasons 2 and 3
*[[George the Janitor]]
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Muppet Theatre MB puzzle.jpg|Posters seen in a 1980 [[Muppet puzzles (Milton Bradley)|Milton Bradley puzzle]]
*[[Beauregard]]: Janitor and stagehand
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Muppet Theatre David Lazer Carol Burnett.jpg|Muppet Theatre behind the scenes with [[David Lazer]] and [[Carol Burnett]]
*[[Beaker]]: Stagehand, lab assistant
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The Muppets Theater (3).jpg
*[[Hilda]]: Wardrobe
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MCT-MuppTheat.jpg|Depicted in ''Muppet Classic Theater''
*[[Gladys (Muppet Show)|Gladys]]: Canteen staff
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Muppet_theatre_dirty.jpg|The Muppet Theatre in disrepair, as seen in ''The Muppets''.
*[[The Swedish Chef]]: Canteen staff, performer
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*[[Fozzie Bear]]: Stand-up comedian
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TheMuppets-(2011)-TheOtherBox.jpg|The rarely seen balcony, opposite Statler & Waldorf's box.
*[[Gonzo]]: Stunt Performer
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Muppet-Stage-Hooray.jpg
*[[Miss Piggy]]: Performer
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theater2.png
*[[Lew Zealand]]: Performer
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*[[Wayne and Wanda]]: Singers
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*[[Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem|The Electric Mayhem]]: House band
 
*[[Nigel (Muppet Show)|Nigel]]: Conductor
 
*[[The Muppet Orchestra]]
 
*[[Security Guard]]
 
*[[J. P. Grosse]]: owner
 
*[[Rachel Bitterman]]: owner
 
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
 
* ''[[The Muppet Show]]'', all episodes except [[Episode 308: Loretta Lynn|episode 308]] (1976-1981)
 
* ''[[The Muppet Show]]'', all episodes except [[Episode 308: Loretta Lynn|episode 308]] (1976-1981)
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* ''[[Because We Care]]'' (1980)
 
* ''[[The Muppets Go to the Movies]]'' (1981)
 
* ''[[The Muppets Go to the Movies]]'' (1981)
 
* [[Polaroid]] commercials (1981)
 
* [[Polaroid]] commercials (1981)
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* ''[[The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson]]'' (1990)
 
* ''[[The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson]]'' (1990)
 
* ''[[Muppet Classic Theater]]'' (1994)
 
* ''[[Muppet Classic Theater]]'' (1994)
* [[V-Chip]] commercial, The Toreador Song (1999)
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* [[V-chip|V-Chip]] commercial, The Toreador Song (1999)
* Weezer's "[[Keep Fishin']]" music video (2002)
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* ''[[Jim Henson's Muppets (GameBoy Color)|Jim Henson's Muppets]]'' (2002)
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* [[Weezer]]'s "[[Keep Fishin']]" music video (2002)
 
* ''[[It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie]]'' (2002)
 
* ''[[It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie]]'' (2002)
 
* [[CanTeen]] commercial (2005)
 
* [[CanTeen]] commercial (2005)
 
* ''[[The Muppets (2011)|The Muppets]]'' (2011)
 
* ''[[The Muppets (2011)|The Muppets]]'' (2011)
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* [[Orange]] commercials (2011)
 
* ''[[LittleBigPlanet]]'' (2012)
 
* ''[[LittleBigPlanet]]'' (2012)
* ''[[Muppets Most Wanted]] ''(2014)
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* ''[[Club Penguin]] Muppets World Tour'' (2014)
   
 
==Illustrated appearances==
 
==Illustrated appearances==
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* ''[[The Muppet Show Comic Book]]'' (2009-2010)
 
* ''[[The Muppet Show Comic Book]]'' (2009-2010)
 
* ''[[I Am Kermit the Frog]]'' (2011)
 
* ''[[I Am Kermit the Frog]]'' (2011)
* ''[[The Muppets: Meet the Muppets]]'' (2011)
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* ''[[Meet the Muppets (book)|Meet the Muppets]]'' (2011)
 
* ''[[The Muppets: Theater Stage Set]]'' (2011)
 
* ''[[The Muppets: Theater Stage Set]]'' (2011)
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TheComicMuppetBook-TheMuppetTheater-(1979).jpg|The Muppet Theatre [BE spelling], exterior, as depicted in ''[[The Comic Muppet Book]]''.
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TheComicMuppetBook-TheMuppetTheater-(1979).jpg|''[[The Comic Muppet Book]]''.
 
Theatre-phantombook.jpg|''[[The Phantom of the Muppet Theater]]''
 
Theatre-phantombook.jpg|''[[The Phantom of the Muppet Theater]]''
Pegleg4b.jpg|In ''[[The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson]]'', [[Rizzo]] destroys the theater, resembling the illustrated version in ''The Phantom of the Muppet Theater''.
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Pegleg4b.jpg|''[[The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson]]''
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MupTheater-GBC.png|As rendered in ''[[Jim Henson's Muppets (GameBoy Color)|Jim Henson's Muppets]]''
 
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Muppet Theatre GO TO MOVIES

The Muppet Theatre in The Muppets Go to the Movies
closer view

Muppettheatre-outside

It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie.

Muppet theatre landmark

Registered as an historical landmark in 2002.

Theatre front 2011

The Muppet Theatre in The Muppets (2011).

The Muppet Theatre is the setting for The Muppet Show, where it was first established over the course of five seasons of television. It is a grand old vaudeville house that has seen better days, but still manages to suit the showbusiness needs of the Muppets.

The building's exterior is first seen in the series' coda, The Muppets Go to the Movies, where the camera pans back from the stage, out the front doors, and provides a full view of The Muppet Theatre name on the building. Kermit the Frog serves as a house manager to the theatre which is owned by Scooter's uncle J.P. Grosse (a fact Scooter is often happy to reiterate with his amphibious boss).

According to a 1991 storybook, the theatre was built by a stage actor named John Stone in 1802. In The Muppet Show episode 106, Kermit identifies the structure as The Benny Vandergast Memorial Theatre, but following the Muppets' residency, The Muppet Theatre name becomes prominently displayed on advertising posters and backstage signs. The British spelling of Theatre can be attributed to its location in London; while locking up the doors at the end of The Muppets Go to the Movies, Miss Piggy asks Kermit to walk her to The Tube, London's subway system ("I love to walk to The Tube!", she exclaims).

After The Muppet Show, the location of The Muppet Theatre becomes more ambiguous; either as a result of renting playhouses in different cities, or through the magic of the Muppets' inconsistent continuity. Most stage areas occupied by the Muppets are either called The Muppet Theatre in name or bear some resemblance to the their original home on The Muppet Show. For example, commercials for Polaroid, The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson, Weezer's "Keep Fishin'" music video, and others, are close facsimiles of the original theatre (sometimes with modifications), and are most likely meant to serve as such.

It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie clearly establishes a theatre located in New York City, as Piggy's apartment (in an alternate universe) has a view of the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center. The plot of the TV movie involves the theatre being in jeopardy of finding itself repurposed as a night club. Its owner's plan is ultimately foiled by Pepe the King Prawn when he registers the theatre as an historical landmark; the document uses the Americanized spelling, The Muppet Theater.

A third definitive location was established in the 2011 film The Muppets, where it's situated within the Muppet Studios lot in Hollywood. The El Capitan Theatre served as The Muppet Theatre exterior during filming, returning the name to its British spelling, The Muppet Theatre. This version of the theater was used in Muppets Most Wanted and a promotional ad for Orange.

Notable eventsEdit

TMS507-06

The Muppet Theatre afloat at sea...

TMS507-08

...with Sweetums at the helm in episode 507.

  • The theatre finds itself in flames throughout much of episode 303; Fozzie keeps the crisis from Kermit for as long as possible.
  • In need of fumigation, the Muppets vacate the theatre in episode 308, relocating to the train station for the duration of the show.
  • The entire theatre sets sail on the open ocean when it's hijacked by pirates in episode 507.
  • When the roof rots through, contractors relocate it to the shop for maintenance in episode 516.
  • The lights are out in the theatre throughout the show when an electrical fuse is blown in episode 522. Additionally, guest star Buddy Rich "plays" the theatre, using the walls and items in several areas as percussive instruments for his drum sticks.

RoomsEdit

Defined areas seen in The Muppet Theatre include backstage right, the dressing rooms, the attic, the canteen, the prop room, the storage room, the boiler room, the stage, the house, the stage door lobby, and the back alley.

In The Comic Muppet Book and Bo Saves the Show there is also a cellar where the monsters stay.

Behind the scenesEdit

Muppet theatre sketch

Production design sketch for the auditorium as seen in The Muppets (2011) by production designer Steve Saklad.

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The theater's curtain rail system, installed on the day Jim Henson was born.

Steve Saklad, production designer on The Muppets, was charged with re-creating the theatre interior for the 2011 film. The set itself was reworked from a 1925 set built for The Phantom of the Opera. Of the task, Saklad said:

They go into the theater, and really the heart of our movie is the transformation of the theater from the way they first find it, which is completely desolate, condemned by the board of health, pigeons are flying around in the open holes in the ceiling.

Eventually they transform this — this nasty looking place into the sort of glory days of the Muppet Theatre. Now I should explain, the — the theater was very important to us to get right. In the old TV show, there’s a simplified version of a kind of Muppet Theatre. It’s kind of sweet and quaint; not very real looking. Our story is this: Once, there was a real Muppet Theatre; great old, 100-year-old, vaudeville Theatre with ghosts and history, and these great acts that had always played there.

We’ll show you the full front of the audience, all the on-stage workings with the pin rails and the dimmer boards, and all the backstage areas and the dressing rooms all in one great space, so that you can go anywhere within that theater. You can go from the front of the audience up onto the stage, over to Kermit’s table, and then up the stairs and go right into Piggy’s dressing room, and it will all — always all be right there. So this was the sketch I did to transform a standing set that exists at Universal Studios for the Phantom of the Opera. This set was built in 1925. It’s still there. It’s a — it’s a relic that we — that — it’s historical, you know, sort of, it’s a space that no one can touch.

So we went in, transformed it into a classic, Broadway-style theater, front of house. We built a proscenium, we built everything behind the proscenium, which this model shows to encompass our backstage. And here are some of the shots of the very decrepit first look at the theater, and then how it gets transformed into the shiny, sparkly, ready-for-opening-night look.[1]

Special tribute was paid to Muppets creator Jim Henson, with the theater's curtain rail system donning the installation date of September 24, 1936, the day Henson was born. The date can be spotted briefly in a scene that shows the Muppets sleeping on the rafters and in hammocks on stage.

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  1. The #Muppets: Interview with Production Designer Steve Saklad. www.sippycupmom.com. November 13, 2011.
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