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National Theatre - Lyttelton

Olivier Award-winning director John Tiffany (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) brings to life Walt Disney’s classic 1940 film Pinocchio at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre. Following the puppet who wishes to become a real boy, the enchanting production features a score including “Give a Little Whistle” and “When You Wish Upon a Star”.

After a year of successful productions, Olivier Award-winning director John Tiffany returns to the National Theatre to direct an enchanting adaptation of Walt Disney’s 1940 animation Pinocchio. Brought to the stage by some the extraordinary teams behind Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Matilda the Musical, Pinocchio plays for a limited festive season.

Based on the well-known fairy-tale of the puppet who just wants to become a real boy, Pinocchio follows a young puppet-boy on a quest to become truly alive. With a nose that grows whenever he tells a lie, the story sees Pinocchio leave Geppetto’s workshop with Jiminy Cricket to embark on an electrifying adventure through alpine forests, Pleasure Island and the bottom of the ocean.

A rollercoaster journey full of fun, frivolity and danger, the National Theatre production includes the unforgettable score from the original film, including “I’ve Got No Strings”, “Give a Little Whistle” and “When You Wish Upon a Star”. Moulded into stunning new arrangements, Pinocchio comes to life as no one has ever seen it.

Casting includes Stuart Angell, Trieve Blackwood-Cambridge, Audrey Brisson, Stephanie Bron, James Charlton, Gershwyn Eustache Jnr, Mark Hadfield, Joe Idris-Roberts, Rebecca Jayne-Davies, Linford Johnson, Sarah Kameela Impey, David Kirkbride, Anabel Kutay, David Langham, Michael Lin, Annette McLaughlin, Jack North, Dawn Sievewright, Clemmie Sveass, Michael Taibi, Scarlet Wilderink and Jack Wolfe.

Directed by John Tiffany (The Glass Menagerie, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Pinocchio is adapted by Dennis Kelly (Matilda the Musical), with songs from the Walt Disney film by Leigh Harline, Ned Washington and Paul J Smith, adapted by Martin Lowe. The production features design by Bob Crowley, lighting design by Paule Constable, sound design by Simon Baker and illusions by Jamie Harrison, with movement direction by Steven Hoggett and musical direction by Tom Brady.

Playing at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre for a strictly limited season, the glorious adaptation of Pinocchio plays from 1 December 2017 to 10 April 2018, with a press night on 13 December 2017.

Sorry this show closed 10 April 2018, we recommend these similar productions.

The Lion King
Matilda the Musical
Performance dates:
01 Dec 2017 - 10 Apr 2018
Running time:
2 hours and 35 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Suitable for 8+
Audience Notes:
Fans of John Tiffany’s work should see this production, which is a magical adaptation of the Walt Disney classic. Lovers of the 1940 film will adore the songs.

Pinocchio Reviews

82 Reviews
  • 5 Stars38%
  • 4 Stars46%
  • 3 Stars13%
  • 2 Stars2%
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User Reviews


The show was amazing, I loved the way that they changed it from the Disney film to this incredible show. The acting was amazing, I was spell bound with the performances that they gave.

Performance date: 02 April 2018
Performance date: 07 April 2018

The show was an incredible show. I loved seeing the magic of Disney come to life on stage. This has to be the best Disney show that I have seen. Its more then a show it's something that's close to everyone's heart.

Performance date: 09 April 2018
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