Matthew works internationally as a Director, with a strong focus on puppetry, object manipulation and physical theatre. He originally trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama as an actor specialising in Collaborative and Devised Theatre.

Alongside his professional directing career Matthew also teaches puppetry and movement internationally and has also directed students in productions and projects from ArtsEd, East15 and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Puppetry Director credits include Babe The Sheep-Pig (Polka Theatre and National Tour), Dinner at the Twits (Les Enfants Terribles, The Vaults), The Witches (Dundee Rep), Adventures in Wonderland (Les Enfants Terribles, The Vaults), and The Steadfast Tin Soldier (Little Angel Theatre and The Old Vic).

Associate/Assistant Puppetry & Movement Director credits include War Horse (UK Tour 2017-2018), Kiki’s Delivery Service (Southwark Playhouse), War Horse (UK, Ireland & South Africa 2013-2015), War Horse (Holland & Belgium tour 2014-2016), War Horse (Australia & New Zealand 2012-2013), War Horse (China 2016-2017), Alice’s Adventures Underground (Les Enfants Terribles, The Vaults).



Matthew is the Puppet Co-Designer & Director on the Nottingham Playhouse production of Holes, opening on April 5th, 2018.

Matthew is currently working on the acclaimed National Theatre production of War Horse, which is currently touring the UK.

Matthew is the Puppetry Director for Babe The Sheep-Pig, which has completed a successful UK Tour and is soon to open in Australia.


“The magic here is created largely by the excellence of the puppetry skills displayed throughout by the actors in well-fashioned, intricate and brilliantly choreographed displays”

The Reviews Hub


“An outstanding feature of the production is the puppetry and mask work”


“The stage is filled with animals and the incredible puppetry direction by Matthew Forbes lets your imagination do the rest”

Everything Theatre


"...puppet director Matthew Forbes – turns a hand-operated Babe into a character for kids to root for.”

The Stage


"A host of wonderfully inventive puppets... Then, of course, there is Babe himself, an adorable puppet with moving limbs, mouth and even eyelids. Deftly handled and earnestly voiced, he makes for a charismatic protagonist”

The Upcoming


"There is some thrilling ‘War Horse’ style puppetry choreographed by Matthew Forbes.”

Essential Surrey




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