Matthew Forbes

Resident Puppetry Director

Matthew Forbes trained as an actor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, specialising in
Collaborative and Devised Theatre. He works internationally as an actor and director, with a strong focus on puppetry, object manipulation and physical theatre. Puppetry and movement direction include: Babe The Sheep-Pig at Polka Theatre, and on UK and Australian tours; Kiki’s Delivery Service at Southwark Playhouse; Dinner at the Twits and Adventures in Wonderland for Les Enfants Terribles at The Vaults; The Witches at Dundee Rep; and The Steadfast Tin Soldier at Little Angel and the Old Vic. Work as an associate or assistant director includes War Horse UK, Ireland and South African tour 2013-2015; and War Horse Netherlands and Belgium tour 2014-2016. Theatre work as a performer includes War Horse for the National Theatre; Kiki’s Delivery Service at Southwark Playhouse; The Wizard of Oz on tour; The Witches and Beauty and the Beast at Dundee Rep; Alice’s Adventures Underground for Les Enfants Terribles; War Horse – The Prom at the Royal Albert Hall; Permission to Play at Shakespeare’s Globe; Boy A at Embassy Studios; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Embassy. TV as a performer includes Robin Hood. Film as a performer includes Hot Fuzz and The Silent Cormorant. He has provided voiceovers for Boyster, The Fashion Priest, SoulBoy and Snap.

London National Theatre

08 November 2018 - 05 January 2019

Glasgow SEC

15 January 2019 - 02 February 2019

Sunderland Empire Theatre

06 February 2019 - 23 February 2019

Canterbury Marlowe Theatre

27 February 2019 - 16 March 2019

Stoke-on-Trent Regent Theatre

27 March 2019 - 06 April 2019

Dublin Bord Gais Energy Theatre

10 April 2019 - 27 April 2019

Hong Kong Lyric Theatre

10 May 2019 - 26 May 2018

Auckland Civic Theatre

21 June 2019 - 07 July 2019

Liverpool Liverpool Empire

31 July 2019 - 17 August 2019

Leicester Curve

18 September 2019 - 12 October 2019
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