Based on the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen


Matthew Forbes

Creative Director

Matthew trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech & Drama, specialising in Collaborative and Devised Theatre.

Most recently he has been working internationally as the Associate Director in Puppetry and Movement for the National Theatre’s smash hit, War Horse. Before joining the creative team, he appeared in the show for three years; during this time he performed in London’s West End, Australia, China, Germany, Holland and New Zealand.

He currently voices a leading role in the new Disney animation, Boyster. Other voice work includes: The Fashion Priest (AOL/MyDaily), SoulBoy (Soda Pictures) & MTV.

Further acting credits include War Horse (New London Theatre), Beauty & the Beast (Dundee Rep), Permission to Play (Shakespeare's Globe), Robin Hood (BBC), Hot Fuzz (Working Title Films) and The Silent Cormorant (Passion Pictures).


Monica Corder

Puppet Designer and Maker

Monica is a freelance designer, prop-maker and fabricator for film, theatre and television. She studied at the Wimbledon School of Art. Her recent theatre credits include the National Theatre's production of War Horse (West End and UK and South Africa tour) and Lion King The Musical (West End and UK tour). Her recent film credits include Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.

All of the puppets featured in The Steadfast Tin Soldier have been exclusively designed for this production by Monica.

Tim Van Eyken

Musical Director and Composer

Tim is an actor, musician and composer. He studied at Wells Cathedral School and the Oxford School of Drama. He has toured extensively as a singer and musician both in his own right and as a member of Waterson:Carthy, as well as work in theatre, radio and screen.

Credits include War Horse and 50 Years On Stage (National Theatre), Shakespeare In Love (Disney/Sonia Freidman), War Horse Prom (Royal Albert Hall); Birdsong, Our Country's Good, Three Men In A Boat (Tours), The Ballroom of Joys and Sorrows (Watford Palace Theatre), Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (Arcola), and GOOD (Manchester Royal Exchange). Film includes The Imitation Game. Television includes The Adventures of Abney and Teal (Cbeebies), and Foyles War. Radio includes From Dots to Download, Vital Mental Medicine, The Loving Ballad of Captain Bateman, The Night Visiting and Wild Song (BBC Radio 4).

Recordings include War Horse (Original Cast Recording), Stiffs Lovers Holymen Thieves, New Boots (Solo), A Dark Light, Fishes and Fine Yellow Sand, Holy Heathens & The Old Green Man (Waterson:Carthy), The First Cut, Wager (Dr Faustus), and One Sunday Afternoon (with Robert Harbron).

Awards include the Imison Award (BBC Radio Drama Awards), Best Traditional Track (BBC Folk Awards), and the BBC Young Folk Award.

Laure Bachelot

Ballet Consultant

Laure studied ballet and contemporary dance at the Conservatoire in the Loire Valley in France. In 2002 she moved to London to attend London Contemporary Dance School and obtained a BA (Hons) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance.

Since then Laure has worked extensively in Europe and the UK with various companies and independent artists including Punchdrunk in The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable, visual artist Netia Jones at The Linbury Studio Theatre, Melly Still and Al Nedjari in the War Horse BBC Proms, Rick Nodine at Glyndebourne, Jasmin Vardimon at The Royal Opera House, Thomas Mettler (CH), Charlotte Spencer Projects, Dante or Die Theatre and Retina Dance Company (BE).

Research and Development Company

Peter Barnett, Sarah Calver, Ashleigh Cheadle, Sam Clark, Tim Van Eyken, Nicholas Hart, Louise Kempton, Shaun McKee, Remmie Milner, Mat Ruttle, Thomas Sutcliffe, Matt Tait, Meghan Treadway, Maisie Turpie, Joseph Williams, Marah Wilson, Tom Wilton