Gyre & Gimble place puppetry at the heart of storytelling. Our work is inspired by the interplay of movement and aesthetic, daringly fusing traditional and innovative techniques. We create compelling characters that lead audiences through fantastical, improbable and even impossible stories.



We collaborate with artists both established and emerging to make new, exciting work. By creating productions that are both original and unconventional, we expand audience’s expectations of what puppetry is capable of, whilst inspiring and nurturing a passion in those discovering the art form.



Gyre & Gimble was founded in 2014 by Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié. Having met whilst performing in the original production of War Horse, they were made associate puppetry directors of the show. They went on to co-direct The Elephantom which after a sell out run transferred to the West End, and have since created puppetry for Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild, Dr Seuss’s The Lorax and a new musical The Grinning Man.

“Both Finn and Toby are long-time collaborators of mine. I get a tonic every time they are in the rehearsal room. With them there is the feeling that anything is possible, a wonderful company spirit, and a sense that you will adventure to places that you never thought you could or would.”

Marianne Elliott, Director