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‘[an] intelligent and deeply felt homage to Vivaldi’s great work’  
The Telegraph on
Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons

‘This out-does both War Horse and The Lion King in the puppetry stakes’  
The Guardian on Gyre & Gimble’s Running Wild

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Vivaldi's The Four Seasons
A Reimagining

  • 2017/Winter/Vivaldi/New2018

Friday 9 March – Saturday 21 April 2018

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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Max Richter

Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié for Gyre & Gimble

Set and Costume Design
Paul Wills

Puppet Design
Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié

Puppet Supervisor
Daisy Beattie


Elisa De Grey
John Leader
Craig Leo
Avye Leventis
Ben Thompson

Swing Puppeteer
Hugh Purves


Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons comes to thrilling, theatrical life in an exhilarating show combining Gyre & Gimble’s master puppeteers with a sextet of London’s finest musicians. The performance will conjure a poetic and emotional narrative in response to Max Richter’s acclaimed recomposition of Vivaldi’s pictorial masterpiece, which has been newly arranged for the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Inspired by the mastery of Japanese Bunraku theatre, this unprecedented collaboration will explore not only the form and techniques of puppetry, but the crystalline acoustic and candlelit ambience of the space in an enchanting new way.

As well as being a composer, Max Richter is an accomplished pianist, producer and collaborator, and indisputably one of the most prolific of contemporary musical artists.

Gyre & Gimble place puppetry at the heart of storytelling. The company, founded by former associate puppetry directors of War Horse, use puppetry to create compelling characters and tell fantastical, improbable – even impossible – stories.

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