OLIÉ (Puppetry Director, Designer and Puppeteer. Co-founder Gyre & Gimble.)

Toby creates inventive and captivating work that ignites the imagination, a passion that has developed since making his first puppets at the age of six. Through his work spanning plays, musicals, opera and dance, he strives to blur the boundaries between movement and aesthetic, daringly fusing traditional and innovative techniques, resulting in compelling characters that lead audiences through fantastical, improbable and even impossible stories.

Puppetry Director and Designer

As Toby Olié:
Pinocchio Puppetry Director & Puppet Co-Designer John Tiffany National Theatre
Peter Pan Puppetry Design & Direction Sally Cookson National Theatre
Don Quixote Puppetry Design & Direction Angus Jackson Royal Shakespeare Company
A Christmas Carol Puppetry Design & Direction Dale Rooks Chichester Festival Theatre
Little Shop of Horrors Puppetry Design & Direction Derek Bond Manchester Royal Exchange
The Secret Garden Puppetry Design Will Tuckett Sarasota Ballet
The Light Princess Puppetry Design Marianne Elliott National Theatre
The Little Mermaid Puppetry Design & Direction Glenn Casale Walt Disney Theatrical
Hansel & Gretel Puppetry Design & Direction Katie Mitchell National Theatre
The Wind in the Willows Puppetry Design Will Tuckett Royal Opera House/WestEnd
Goodnight Mister Tom Puppetry Design, Fabrication & direction Angus Jackson West End/UK Tour
War Horse Associate Puppetry Director Marianne Elliott & Tom Morris New London Theatre
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Puppetry Design & Direction Christopher Wheeldon Royal Opera House
Peter Pan Puppetry Design, Fabrication & Direction Dale Rooks Chichester Festival Theatre
For Gyre & Gimble:
The Four Seasons Co-Director & Puppetry Co-Designer Finn Caldwell & Toby Olié Shakespeare's Globe
The Hartlepool Monkey Co-Director & Puppetry Co-Designer Finn Caldwell & Toby Olié UK Tour
The Grinning Man Puppetry Co-Director & Puppetry Co-Designer Tom Morris Bristol Old Vic
Running Wild Puppetry Co-Director & Puppetry Co-Designer Dale Rooks & Timothy Sheader Chichester/Regent's Park/UK Tour
The Elephantom Co-Director & Puppet Design Finn Caldwell & Toby Olié National Theatre & West End


Venus and Adonis Adonis Gregory Doran Royal Shakespeare Company
Homeless Polar Bear Polar Bear Puppeteer Michael Geoghegan Greenpeace Campaign Film
War Horse Joey/Topthorn & Goose Marianne Elliott & Tom Morris National Theatre
Mongrels Assistant Puppeteer Adam Miller BBC3
Walking Backwards David Hyde (Drummer) Stephen Agnew The Futureheads music video
Angelo Angelo Sarah Wright Little Angel Theatre
Hospitalworks Object Animator Sue Buckmaster Theatre-Rites