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09 Mar – 21 Apr 2018
Shakespeare’s Globe

5 star
The Arts Desk, The Upcoming, Theatre Bubble, BroadwayWorldUK

4 star
The Times, The Guardian, The Stage, Financial Times, WhatsOnStage, Theatre Cat

Financial Times

“Ingenious…music and action come together immaculately.”
The Guardian

“Beguilingly beautiful…Gyre & Gimble have made magic with their latest show.”
The Arts Desk

“Some of the most magical and moving puppeteering you will get to see…a remarkable evening.”
The Times

“There are not enough words to praise the work of art that the team of The Four Seasons performed.”
The Upcoming

“This production is spellbinding in its simplicity and for the breadth of its emotional canvas…a creatively nimble, deeply moving experience.”
The Stage

“An emotional rollercoaster, filled with touching and charming moments…a night you will never forget.”

“This is puppetry at its finest…a quietly brilliant evening.”
Theatre Bubble

“Feels like something entirely new, a genre unto itself, and a really exciting one at that.”

“This has dramatically transformed for me what is possible with the medium.”
Exeunt Magazine

“A beautiful and accessible performance, somewhere between mime, dance and theatrical epic.”
Theatre Cat

“This vastly skilled team imbue every tiny, sensitive movement with meaning and feeling.”
The Independent

“Gyre & Gimble – Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié – are puppet directors at the top of their game.”
Time Out

Gyre & Gimble at Shakespeare’s Globe











Vivaldi’s pictorial masterpiece comes to thrilling, theatrical life in an exhilarating show which combines enchanting visuals with live music. Our master puppeteers join forces with some of London’s finest Baroque musicians to conjure a poetic and emotional narrative in response to Max Richter’s acclaimed recomposition of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.

This unprecedented collaboration, inspired by the mastery of Japanese Bunraku theatre, explores not only the form and techniques of puppetry, but the crystalline acoustic and candlelit ambience of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in an enchanting new way.

Creative Team

Directors Finn Caldwell & Toby Olié
Set & Costume Designer Paul Wills
Composer Max Richter
Music Arranger & Supervisor Bill Barclay
Puppet Design Finn Caldwell & Toby Olié
Puppet Supervisor Daisy Beattie
Candle Consultant Paul Russell
Puppet Fabricators Nick Barnes, Daisy Beattie, Caroline Bowman, Liz Crossman, Laura Elias, Vicki Fifield, Jo Lakin & Yvonne Stone.


Puppeteers  Elisa de Grey
 John Leader
 Craig Leo
 Avye Leventis
 Ben Thompson
Swing Puppeteer  Hugh Purves
Baroque Solo Violin  Jorge Jimenez
Baroque Violin 1  James Toll
Baroque Violin 2  Alice Earll
Baroque Viola / Baroque Violin  Aliye Cornish
Baroque Violoncello  Sarah McMahon
Harpsichord / Synthesizer  Satoko Doi-Luck


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