Toby Olié

Puppet Designer and Director

Toby is a director, designer and puppeteer. He is also co-artistic director of Gyre & Gimble, a theatre company specialising in puppetry.

Work as director includes: Neil Gaiman’s The Wolves in the Walls (Little Angel Theatre), The Four Seasons: A Reimagining (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Hartlepool Monkey (UK tour), The Elephantom (National Theatre & West End), and War Horse (associate puppetry director, West End).

Work as puppetry designer/director includes: Pinocchio, Peter Pan, The Light Princess, Hansel & Gretel (National Theatre), Don Quixote (Royal Shakespeare Company & West End), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Royal Ballet), The Wind in the Willows (Royal Opera House & West End), Disney’s new staging of The Little Mermaid (in Holland, Moscow & Tokyo), The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic & West End), Running Wild (Chichester Festival Theatre, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre & UK tour), Little Shop of Horrors (Manchester Royal Exchange), A Christmas Carol, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Firework-Maker’s Daughter, Peter Pan (Chichester Festival Theatre), and Goodnight Mister Tom (West End & UK tour).

Work as a puppeteer includes: Hind of Joey in the original production of War Horse (National Theatre) before moving to Joey’s head for the subsequent West End transfer, Venus and Adonis (Royal Shakespeare Company), and Angelo (Little Angel Theatre).