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.