Christopher Leith passes away,

a great loss for puppetry.

We are shocked and saddened to report that Christopher Leith, former Artistic Director and long-standing associate of Little Angel Theatre, passed away peacefully on Saturday 17th October. Christopher was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease almost two years ago, but his condition had worsened in recent weeks. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

Christopher is a huge part of Little Angel’s history. He was the theatre’s very first apprentice, taken on in the early days by John and Lyndie Wright, and developed into one of puppetry’s great masters. As well as performing, he was a talented puppet and instrument maker, director and writer. As Artistic Director between 1992-2000 he was prolific and uncompromising in his creative output. His hugely successful career outside of Little Angel includes working on many puppet and animation works including the movies Dragonslayer, The Little Shop of Horrors, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Labyrinth and three of the Muppet movies.

For everyone at Little Angel Theatre and the wider puppetry community, his legacy is enormous, and he will continue to have an impact for years to come.

His final piece as a writer and director, 3 Stages for Lazarus, was created during these past few months and will still be going ahead as part of this year’s Suspense Festival. It is a monument to his ongoing creativity, resilience and vision, to the last.