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Matthew Forbes

 
Bio:
Matthew works internationally as a Performer and Director, with a strong focus on Puppetry, Object Manipulation and Physical Theatre. He originally trained as an Actor at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, specialising in Collaborative & Devised Theatre. Matthew has worked on ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Matthew works internationally as a Performer and Director, with a strong focus on Puppetry, Object Manipulation and Physical Theatre. He originally trained as an Actor at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, specialising in Collaborative & Devised Theatre. Matthew has worked on ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [West End]
West End Transfer, 2009
Joey [Replacement]

Productions

 
[West End, 2019]
Associate Puppetry Director

Matthew Forbes Biography


Matthew works internationally as a Performer and Director, with a strong focus on Puppetry, Object Manipulation and Physical Theatre. He originally trained as an Actor at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, specialising in Collaborative & Devised Theatre.

Matthew has worked on productions of War Horse around the world across an eight-year period, most recently as the Associate Movement Director for the Holland & Belgium Tour 2014-2016, prior to that he was the Associate Puppetry Director for UK, Ireland & South African Tour 2013-2015, as well as working for the production in America, Australia, Berlin, China and New Zealand. Before joining the Creative Team, Matthew appeared in the show for three years; totaling over 1000 performances in London’s West End.

Other recent Directing credits include, Holes (Nottingham Playhouse), Babe The Sheep-Pig (Polka Theatre, National Tour, Australian Tour), Dinner at the Twits (Les Enfants Terribles, The Vaults), The Witches (Dundee Rep), Adventures in Wonderland (Les Enfants Terribles, The Vaults), Kiki’s Delivery Service (Southwark Playhouse) and The Steadfast Tin Soldier (The Little Angel Theatre & The Old Vic).
Recent Acting credits include: Kiki’s Delivery Service (Southwark Playhouse); The Wizard of Oz (UK Tour); The Witches (Dundee Rep); Alice’s Adventures Underground (Les Enfants Terribles); War Horse (National Theatre/New London Theatre); War Horse- The Prom (Royal Albert Hall); Beauty & the Beast (Dundee Rep); Permission to Play (Shakespeare's Globe); Boy A (Embassy Studios); Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Embassy Theatre).

Matthew also voices a leading role in the popular Disney Animation series, Boyster. Other voice work includes: The Fashion Priest (MyDaily); SoulBoy (Soda Pictures); & Snap (MTV).

TV & Film credits include: Robin Hood (BBC/Tiger Aspect); Hot Fuzz (Working Title Films); The Silent Cormorant (Passion Pictures).




Matthew Forbes News

THE LION KING Extends Season at Manchester Palace Theatre Photo THE LION KING Extends Season at Manchester Palace Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Jun 6, 2022

The Walt Disney Company UK and Ireland and Manchester Theatres have announced on sale dates for a seven week extension of the musical THE LION KING, opening at the Palace Theatre later this year.

Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Will Lead THE LION KING UK and Ireland Tour; Full Casting Ann Photo Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Will Lead THE LION KING UK and Ireland Tour; Full Casting Announced!
by Stephi Wild - Oct 21, 2021

The full cast has been announced for the UK and Ireland tour of the landmark musical THE LION KING, including a first look at their new Simba played by Stephenson Ardern-Sodje.

BWW Review: THE GOOD LIFE, Theatre Royal Bath Photo BWW Review: THE GOOD LIFE, Theatre Royal Bath
by Cheryl Markosky - Oct 15, 2021

It couldn't be more timely that the iconic 70s British TV sitcom, The Good Life - attracting 21 million viewers at its peak in 1977 - now comes to theatres.

Full Casting Announced For Mark Gatiss' Adaptation Of A CHRISTMAS CAROL Photo Full Casting Announced For Mark Gatiss' Adaptation Of A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Stephi Wild - Sep 30, 2021

Full casting has been announced for Mark Gatiss' brand-new adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol directed by Adam Penford.

Nicholas Farrell Joins Mark Gatiss In New Adaptation Of A CHRISTMAS CAROL Photo Nicholas Farrell Joins Mark Gatiss In New Adaptation Of A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Stephi Wild - Sep 16, 2021

Producer Eleanor Lloyd and Nottingham Playhouse have today announced that Nicholas Farrell will join the cast for Mark Gatiss' brand-new adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol directed by Adam Penford.

Louis Sachar's HOLES is Opening at the Belgrade Theatre Photo Louis Sachar's HOLES is Opening at the Belgrade Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 24, 2020

Something strange appears to be happening in Coventry City Centre this week, with reports of 'holes' opening up at the Belgrade Theatre.

Casting Announced For New UK Tour Of HOLES Photo Casting Announced For New UK Tour Of HOLES
by Stephi Wild - Dec 20, 2019

The Children's Theatre Partnership (CTP) and Royal & Derngate, Northampton have announced the full cast of the Nottingham Playhouse production of a?oeHOLESa??, written by Louis Sachar and directed by Adam Penford.

BWW Review: THE LION KING, Edinburgh Playhouse Photo BWW Review: THE LION KING, Edinburgh Playhouse
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Dec 11, 2019

Set against the majesty of the Serengeti to the evocative rhythms of Africa, The Lion King tells the story of Simba's epic journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands.

Louis Sachar's HOLES is Coming to the Belgrade Theatre Photo Louis Sachar's HOLES is Coming to the Belgrade Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 9, 2019

Louis Sachar's award-winning children's novel Holes is coming to the Belgrade Theatre in February when Nottingham Playhouse's critically acclaimed production heads out on its first UK tour.

National Theatre Announces December 2019 " June 2020 Lineup; ROMEO & JULIET, SEA SI Photo National Theatre Announces December 2019 " June 2020 Lineup; ROMEO & JULIET, SEA SICK, and More!
by Stephi Wild - Nov 15, 2019

The National Theatre has announced its upcoming lineup for December 2019 - June 2020.


Matthew Forbes Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Matthew Forbes been in?
Matthew Forbes has not appeared on Broadway.

How many West End shows has Matthew Forbes been in?
Matthew Forbes has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

What was Matthew Forbes's first West End show?
Matthew Forbes's first West End show was War Horse which opened in 2009


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@ForbesMatthew - 11/18/22 12:51pm Such an awesome treat going on the #BluePeter #ChildrenInNeed2022 special for @TheLionKing #UKTour! PLUS I got to m… https://t.co/ckbymuTSMh


@ForbesMatthew - 11/18/22 11:24am LIVE AT FIVE! Not long until @TheLionKing #UKTour is live on #BluePeter for #ChildrenInNeed2022! #musical #theatre… https://t.co/CBNJeieB1a


@ForbesMatthew - 11/18/22 07:58am I’ll be representing @TheLionKing #UKTour on the #BluePeter #ChildrenInNeed2022 spectacular, this evening at 17:00.… https://t.co/Rw1CpWnAxv


@ForbesMatthew - 11/18/22 06:38am Arrived in #MediaCity in #Salford to film something VERY exciting for @TheLionKing #UKTour with @cbbc! #musical… https://t.co/P1OmNg98ds


@ForbesMatthew - 11/4/22 10:26am It’s official. I shall soon be directing the #Puppetry & #Movement on this fabulous new production of… https://t.co/AcBokGeF8u


@ForbesMatthew - 11/3/22 05:56pm We’ve had an incredible response from the brilliant #Manchester audiences here at the @PalaceAndOpera for… https://t.co/9uls42nUR5


@ForbesMatthew - 11/3/22 07:12am Thank you for this roarsome review @NorthWestEnd! #LionKingMCR @TheLionKing #UKTour #musical #theatre #zazu “…the… https://t.co/8CMPfUJYBI


@ForbesMatthew - 11/3/22 07:08am Thank you for this roarsome review @cheshirelife!! #LionKingMCR @TheLionKing #UKTour #musical #theatre #zazu “Zazu… https://t.co/JyXg5RIPaY


@ForbesMatthew - 11/2/22 07:02am Thank you for such a wonderfully roarsome ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review @FranklyMyDearUK! @TheLionKing #UKTour #LionKingMCR… https://t.co/ZarL5Uvu6C


@ForbesMatthew - 11/2/22 06:49am Thank you for such a roarsome ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review @OpeningNight_! @TheLionKing #UKTour #LionKingMCR #musical #theatre… https://t.co/QLpNEcaOTz


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