Toby won an Olivier Award in 2008 for his work on the movement and horse choreography for the original production of War Horse, and also played Ted Narracott. He trained at the Jacques Lecoq School, where he founded the Moving Picture Mime Show. For the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games, Toby choreographed the first 20 minutes (Green and Pleasant land, Pandemonium (Industrial Revolution) and Parade sequences) as part of Danny Boyle’s creative team.
Work as director of movement includes:
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Marat/Sade (RNT); Bartholomew Fair and Everyman (RSC); King Lear and 5/11 (Chichester); Tintin (Barbican/Tour); Stomp, The Lost and Found Orchestra (Brighton Festival); The 39 Steps (West End/Broadway/International); Spring Awakening (Teatr Powszechny, Poland); His Dark Materials (Birmingham Rep); A Dog’s Heart (De Nederlandse Opera/English National Opera); the film Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Swallows and Amazons (Bristol Old Vic); Frankenstein (National Theatre); and Swallows and Amazons (West End/Tour).
Work as actor/movement director includes:
Ben Hur (BAC); The Nativity (Young Vic); The Government Inspector and The Master and Margarita (Chichester); The Taming of the Shrew and The Tempest (Royal Exchange, Manchester); and War Horse (RNT).
He also co-devised and directed The Mill for Ockham’s Razor (Linbury Theatre/Royal Opera House/Tour).
Work as an actor includes:
Harpo in Animal Crackers (Royal Exchange/Manchester/West End); The Servant of Two Masters (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Wiseguy Scapino (Clwyd Theatr Cymru); The Play What I Wrote (National Tour) and, with Complicite, The Master and Margarita, Help I’m Alive and Light (Almeida); Out of a House Walked a Man (RNT); The Noise of Time (Barbican/ Lincoln Center, NY/Tour).
28 Days Later, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Shrooms, Laissez Passer and Vacuums.