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Lyndie Wright MBE

On New Year’s Day 2012 came the announcement that Lyndie Wright had been honoured with an MBE. Peter Glanville, artistic director of Little Angel Theatre, sings the praises of a woman whose work in puppetry has been an inspiration for more than half a century

Everyone connected to Little Angel Theatre, which in 2011 celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, is thrilled that Lyndie Wright has been awarded an MBE for services to the craft of puppetry.

Since co-founding the theatre in 1961 with her late husband, John Wright, Lyndie has continued to set the benchmark for standards of puppetry design and making in the UK. The honour is a fitting tribute to a woman whose inspirational skill and passionate commitment to puppetry shows no sign of abating.

Along with one of the most memorable Calibans to take to the stage for our recent production of The Tempest with the RSC, she has also created 105 puppets for our current (winter 2011/2012) critically acclaimed production A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, created with Kneehigh (including an infestation of crabs !) .

The range of imaginative creations Lyndie has brought to the stage is breathtaking: she is a true master  of her craft. What a wonderful way to round off our anniversary year!

More about Lyndie Wright and the Little Angel Theatre

Founded by husband-and-wife team John and Lyndie Wright, The Little Angel Theatre, housed in a former church hall in Islington, opened its doors for the first time on 24 November 1961.

Over the next 30 years, The Little Angel company created and performed over 30 full-scale shows. They toured all over the UK and abroad, absorbed new styles by participating in international puppet festivals (in Europe, USA and the Far East amongst other destinations), and provided a constant source of inspiration and training for a new generation of UK puppeteers and performers.

After John Wright died in 1991, the work of the theatre continued under the guidance of Lyndie Wright. In 1993 Christopher Leith, who had originally learned his craft at The Little Angel Theatre, became the theatre’s director. During the following seven years he encouraged new collaborations with numerous writers, directors, designers and performers.

Little Angel Theatre entered the new millennium with Loretta Howells as its new artistic producer, and in January 2004 Steve Tiplady took over as the company's new artistic director. Since January 2006, Peter Glanville has been in post as artistic director.

Little Angel Theatre’s productions now use every type of puppet and draw their themes, styles and stories from a wide range of cultural traditions. High profile collaborations have included major works created with RSC, including the acclaimed Venus and Adonis, and more recently The Tempest.

Little Angel Theatre also programme a wide variety of visiting puppet companies, and run numerous education, training and professional development programmes.



Top image: Lyndie Wright at work in her studio. Image courtesy of
Little Angel Theatre
Bottom image: The Little Angel Theatre Petrushka. Image courtesy
of Little Angel


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