Shakespeare's Globe

Vivaldi's The Four Seasons
A Reimagining

  • 2017/Winter/Vivaldi/New2018


4 Stars

‘Catch it if you can […] ingenious’
The Guardian

4 Stars

‘Some of the most magical and moving puppeteering you will get to see […] a remarkable evening’
The Times

4 Stars

Financial Times

5 Stars

Gyre & Gimble have made magic
The Arts Desk

5 Stars

‘An emotional rollercoaster, filled with touching and charming moments […] A night you will never forget’

4 Stars

Feels like something entirely new, a genre unto itself, and a really exciting one at that

4 Stars

Spellbinding in its simplicity and for the breadth of its emotional canvas
The Stage

5 Stars

‘There are not enough words to praise the work of art that the team of The Four Seasons performed’
The Upcoming

5 Stars

‘Puppetry at its finest
Theatre Bubble

‘This vastly skilled team imbue every tiny, sensitive movement with meaning and feeling’
The Independent

This has dramatically transformed for me what is possible with the medium
Exeunt Magazine

Gyre & Gimble are puppet directors at the top of their game
Time Out

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Friday 9 March – Saturday 21 April 2018

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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TicketsFixed Position Standing: £10 | Seated: £20 – £48 | Premium Tickets: £62 Running timeApprox. 90 minutes (no interval) including prelude
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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

Music Arranger & Supervisor
Bill Barclay


Elisa De Grey
John Leader
Craig Leo
Avye Leventis
Ben Thompson

Swing Puppeteer
Hugh Purves


Solo Violin / Music Direction
Jorge Jimenez

Violin 1
James Toll

Violin 2
Alice Earll

Viola / Violin
Aliye Cornish

Sarah McMahon

Harpsichord / Synthesizer
Satoko Doi-Luck



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.

Before The Four Seasons and the puppetry begins, our wonderful players will perform a magical mix of Vivaldi concerti for strings to transport you into the musical world of the performance. This prelude will last approximately 20 minutes and will include movements from the following pieces:

Vivaldi Concerto for 2 violins in D minor
Op. 3 No. 11 - 1. Allegro

Vivaldi Concerto for Strings in G minor
Alla Rustica RV. 151 - 1. Allegro

Geminiani Cello Sonata in D minor
Op. 5, No. 2 - 2. Adagio

Vivaldi Concerto for Strings in G minor
RV. 156 (complete)
1. Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Presto

Vivaldi Concerto for Strings in G minor
Alla Rustica RV. 151 - 3. Allegro


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.

Please note: This production may not be suitable for children under 8.  Please contact the Box Office for more details.

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