Alys Kihl (Artistic Director)


Alys was brought up in Aldeburgh where she studied the piano with Imogen Holst. She continued her music studies at Dartington Arts Centre and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 1976 she became a primary school teacher. During the course of her teaching she developed a passion for myths and fairy tales. Having staged many productions in school, she left to freelance as a music workshop leader with Children’s Music Workshop. It was after attending Tim Supple’s production of Grimm Tales, at the Young Vic in 1994 that she decided to form Wonderful Beast. She gathered a group of artists around her and in 1997 produced The Birth of Pleasure (the story of Cupid and Psyche) at The Rosemary Branch, Islington, directed by Penny Cherns, written by Jehane Markham. Since then she has never stopped producing and directing productions, storytelling events, R&D workshops, and outreach.  She launched Storm of Stories, Wonderful Beast’s first festival of storytelling in 2012.




Alys Kihl: Artistic Director

Emma Close-Brooks: Personal Assistant to Alys Kihl

Rebecca Marshall-Potter: Project manager for outreach and tour of The Last Woodwose

Nick Claydon: Website designer/developer

Louisa Thorp: Finances

Current outreach partner: Association for Suffolk Museums




Simon Callow

Caryl Churchill

Sir Ian Holm

Gemma Jones

Miranda Raison
Marina Warner

Dame Penelope Wilton


Board of Directors


Lucy Rowan-Robinson(Chair)

Ann Blaber

Fernanda Herford

Loesje Houghton

Alyson Tipping


Wonderful Beast is the Suffolk based theatre company, which brings myths, legends, folk tales and fairy tales for all ages. It was co-founded by artistic director, Alys Kihl, and Penny Cherns in 1997 together with Ann Blaber, Roger Lloyd Pack, Sylvia Millar and Adrian Mitchell who formed a hands-on advisory artistic committee. The company relocated from London to Aldeburgh in 2005.