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November 17th, 2017 | by Jennifer Edwards

Pinocchio makes its world premiere at the National Theatre

On a quest to be truly alive, Pinocchio leaves Geppetto’s workshop with Jiminy Cricket in tow. Their electrifying adventure takes them from alpine forests to Pleasure Island to the bottom of the ocean.

This spectacular new production is brought to the stage by an extraordinary team including John Tiffany, the director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Dennis Kelly, the writer of Matilda the Musical.

Featuring unforgettable music and songs from the Walt Disney film including ‘I’ve Got No Strings’, ‘Give a Little Whistle’ and ‘When You Wish upon a Star’ in dazzling new arrangements, Pinocchio comes to life as never before.

Director John Tiffany said: "The story of Pinocchio sits in the European tradition of the Grimm Tales and Aesop’s fables. It is about a character who is on the cusp of something, a character who is frozen. It explores what it means to be real, to be a human being. It’s wonderful to be able to bring this story to life at the National Theatre and to bring Pinocchio to new audiences as a world-first in theatrical terms. " 

Joe Idris-Roberts will play the title role, with Aubrey Brisson as Jiminy Cricket and David Langham as the Fox.  

Pinocchio is for brave 8-year-olds and above as certain themes, characters and events in the story may be a bit scary for children of eight and under. Tickets for families – Half-price tickets for under – 18s for all performances (excludes £15 tickets).

Previews start in the Lyttelton Theatre from 1 December with Press Night on 13 December, running until 10 April 2018.

Pinocchio is presented by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher.