OLIÉ (Puppetry Director, Designer and Puppeteer)

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.


In 2014 Toby co-founded the theatre company Gyre & Gimble to establish his creative partnership with fellow co-founder Finn Caldwell, and the pair have gone on to create productions that are both original and unconventional. Their work expands audience’s expectations of what puppetry is capable of, whilst inspiring and nurturing a passion in those discovering the art form.

Puppetry Director and Designer

As Toby Olié:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Puppetry Director Michael Fentiman Elliott Harper Productions
Animal Farm Puppetry Designer & Director Robert Icke Fiery Angel
The Robot in the Garden Puppetry Designer & Director Yuna Koyama Shiki Theatre Company
The Wolves in the Walls Director, Designer & Adaptor Toby Olié Little Angel Theatre
My Brilliant Friend Puppetry Designer & Director Melly Still National Theatre
Pinocchio Puppetry Co-Designer & Director John Tiffany National Theatre
Peter Pan Puppetry Designer & Director Sally Cookson National Theatre/Troubadour White City
Don Quixote Puppetry Designer & Director Angus Jackson Royal Shakespeare Company/West End
A Christmas Carol Puppetry Designer & Director Dale Rooks Chichester Festival Theatre
Little Shop of Horrors Puppetry Designer & Director Derek Bond Manchester Royal Exchange
The Secret Garden Puppetry Designer & Director Will Tuckett Sarasota Ballet
The Light Princess Puppetry Designer & Director Marianne Elliott National Theatre
The Little Mermaid Puppetry Designer & Director Glenn Casale Walt Disney Theatrical
Hansel & Gretel Puppetry Designer & Director Katie Mitchell National Theatre
The Wind in the Willows Puppetry Designer & Director Will Tuckett Royal Opera House/West End
Goodnight Mister Tom Puppetry Designer & Director Angus Jackson West End/UK Tour
War Horse Associate Puppetry Director Marianne Elliott & Tom Morris West End
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Puppetry Designer & Director Christopher Wheeldon Royal Ballet
Peter Pan Puppetry Designer & Director 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-Designer & Director Tom Morris Bristol Old Vic/West End
Running Wild Puppetry Co-Designer & Director Dale Rooks & Timothy Sheader Chichester/Regent's Park/UK Tour
The Elephantom Co-Director & Puppetry Designer Finn Caldwell & Toby Olié National Theatre/West End


Venus and Adonis Adonis Gregory Doran Royal Shakespeare Company
War Horse Joey/Topthorn & Goose Marianne Elliott & Tom Morris National Theatre
Homeless Polar Bear Polar Bear Puppeteer Michael Geoghegan Greenpeace campaign film
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