Little Angel

  • About
    In 1961 a troupe of enthusiastic puppeteers under the leadership of South African master, John Wright, found a derelict temperance hall in Islington and transformed it into a magical little theatre, specially designed for children and for the presentation of marionette shows. It opened on Saturday 24th 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 (including Europe, USA and the Far East), collaborated with musicians (including Daniel Barenboim and Robert Zeilger) on large-scale productions for the South Bank and Barbican Centres, and provided a constant source of inspiration and training for a new generation of puppeteers and performers. Those in the know still find their way to Dagmar Passage from all over the world.

    After John Wright died in 1991, the work of the theatre continued apace under the direction of Lyndie Wright and Christopher Leith, a renowned puppeteer who had learned his craft at The Little Angel. They encouraged new collaborations with writers, directors and musicians, including John Agard, Ken Campbell, Howard Gayton and Henk Shut, to produce a succession of innovative and highly acclaimed shows.

    The Little Angel Theatre entered the new millennium with Loretta Howells as its new Artistic Producer, and as of January 2004, Steve Tiplady took over as the company's new Artistic Director. The company continues to be respected both throughout the UK and abroad for the artistic quality of its productions, whether

    at its home base or on tour, nationally and internationally, to schools, community centres and arts venues, and loved by children and adults alike.

    Our productions now use every type of puppet and draw their themes, styles and stories from a wide range of cultural traditions. We also programme a wide variety of visiting puppet companies into our theatre, giving London audiences a marvellous opportunity to experience the diversity of our art form.

    Our lively and imaginative Education Programme works with schools, youth groups and Education Authorities; it is a strategic plank in the theatre's ongoing work with children and young people. Last year we gave 579 performances to a total audience of over 63,000 children and adults.
  • Built in
    1961
  • Capacity
    100
  • Address
    14 Dagmar Passage
    Cross Street
    London
    N1 2DN
  • Booking Contact
    020 7226 1787
  • Website

Connected Mandy members:

William Aubrey Jones
2013, CELL
Puppeteer, Deviser and Designer
Elaine Hartley
2013, Boris and Sergey's Vaudevillian Adventure
Puppeteer
Jacob Corn
Jacob Corn
Set Designer
2013, All productions
Theatre Technician
Mark Esaias
Mark Esaias
Actor
2013, 'Tomten' - Little Angel FIRSTS Festival
Puppeteer/Performer
Sarah Morgan
Sarah Morgan
Actor
2012, The Wild Night of The Witches
Pidwidgeon/Mrs Rushbridges (Puppetry)
Sophie Steel
Sophie Steel
Actor
2012, The Lonely One
Elizabeth
Caroline Bowman
2012, The Gingerbread Man
Child/ Gingerbread Man/ Cow/ Ant
Emma Reade-Davies
2012, Puppetry Youth Group 11-16 year olds
Workshop Assistant
Sarah Cowan
Sarah Cowan
Production Manager
2012, Pinocchio
Lighting Designer
Nerea Villares
Nerea Villares
Costume Designer
2012, Nice
Puppets & set dresser
Emma Tompkins
Emma Tompkins
Set Designer
2012, Incubate Scheme
Puppetry Devisor
Ruth Calkin
Ruth Calkin
Actor
2012, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
The Nosey Neighbour - Actor/Puppeteer
Anna-Maria Nabirye
2011, Whale of Light
Celeste/Puppeteer
Rebecca Sellick
Rebecca Sellick
Prop Maker
2011, We're Puppeteers
Production Assistant
Eoin Furbank
Eoin Furbank
Lighting Designer
2011, The Tempest
Assistant Lighting Designer
Lizzie Wort
Lizzie Wort
Actor
2011, The Magician's Daughter
Miranda/ Caliban (Puppet)
George Wigzell
2011, The Happy Prince
Puppeteer/Narrator
Miguel Vicente
Miguel Vicente
Lighting Designer
2011, The Happy Prince
Lighting Designer
Richard Booth
2011, The Girl With No Heart
Puppeteer [Shimbo/Adam/Lizard]
Caroline Bowman
Caroline Bowman
Puppeteer
2011, The Gingerbread Man
Puppeteer/ Puppet-Maker/ Producer