Pinocchio at National Theatre - Lyttelton tickets
Pinocchio at National Theatre - Lyttelton tickets

Pinocchio

Overview

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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: Suitable for 8+

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Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 35 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 01 Dec 2017
Press night: 13 Dec 2017
Booking from: 01 Dec 2017
Booking until: 10 Apr 2018

Location and map

National Theatre - Lyttelton
National Theatre, Southbank
London, SE1 9PX

41 Reviews Add review

A truly magical show. My friend and I spent so much time in awe. The beautiful puppets managed to convey so much emotion. The star... More

-A 5"2, 22 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A truly magical show. My friend and I spent so much time in awe. The beautiful puppets managed to convey so much emotion. The star, wood all amazing. My favourite characters were Jiminy Cricket and Guipetto. The actors sublime. I wasn't too attached to Pinocchio though. John Tiffany is a directing genius and alongside his work directing Harry Potter, seems to be able to bring to the stage the kind of magic only seen in the movies. The she loses a star because I felt that done sings were to long and needed to be cut. Granted I saw this during the previews so that issue may now have been solved. The show isn't really for kids as it can be quite dark at times albeit kids won't be traumatised for watching. If you are looking for nostalgia and magic this is your show.

-A 5"2, 22 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Loved the staging, puppetry and illusions. In no way the fault of the actors, I found the first half slightly slow and began to be... More

tracyclayton 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Loved the staging, puppetry and illusions. In no way the fault of the actors, I found the first half slightly slow and began to be irritated particularly by Jiminy Cricket's character change to a motherly figure obsessed with cleanliness, germs and faddy food (even mentioning gluten-free) - an unnecessary addition to the script, more suited to a traditional panto, in my opinion (no objection to the gender change - I thought Audrey Brisson was fantastic as the voice of JC and the main puppeteer). Loved the energy of the Pleasureland fairground scene...

tracyclayton 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I was very impressed with this performance of Pinocchio. The puppetry used was of a similar vein to War Horse and worked really w... More

joc78 5"4, 226 reviews, 3 helpful votes

I was very impressed with this performance of Pinocchio. The puppetry used was of a similar vein to War Horse and worked really well using most of the vast space. It was nice to see a real family friendly show and dare I say it... I even got a little emotional towards the end. Wonderful to hear the songs live from the classic Disney movie. The stage/set designers have assembled a stage which is very impressive and one that kids and adults will love to see!

joc78 5"4, 226 reviews, 3 helpful votes

I have never seen anything like this. It was amazing and I couldn't recommend it anymore than what I already have! It was so cleve... More

jessamybennett 5'4", 21 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I have never seen anything like this. It was amazing and I couldn't recommend it anymore than what I already have! It was so cleverly done as well! Definitely gonna try do another trip before it closes!

jessamybennett 5'4", 21 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Loved the use of puppets and props! As always with the National Theatre, this show was produced very well. Amazed at the size of s... More

edwoz 5'10", 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Loved the use of puppets and props! As always with the National Theatre, this show was produced very well. Amazed at the size of some of the props and settings, and having the puppeteers on stage added to the atmosphere rather and distracted the focus. Well worth a watch.

edwoz 5'10", 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A dark atmospheric production with impressive visuals. The sets, costumes and puppetry was fantastic but there were only a handful... More

Funthing29 5"1, 153 reviews, 12 helpful votes

A dark atmospheric production with impressive visuals. The sets, costumes and puppetry was fantastic but there were only a handful of songs in the show so it did not feel like a proper musical.

Funthing29 5"1, 153 reviews, 12 helpful votes

A great show for older kids upwards. Some really darkly themed bits. The illusions are unbelievable, same guy who made the Cursed ... More

jdudgeon997 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A great show for older kids upwards. Some really darkly themed bits. The illusions are unbelievable, same guy who made the Cursed Child illusions, so is in safe hands!

jdudgeon997 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I did enjoy the show I thought the show was very interesting. The cast were amazing. I thought I was very magical.

sarahward 5 foot, 177 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I did enjoy the show I thought the show was very interesting. The cast were amazing. I thought I was very magical.

sarahward 5 foot, 177 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I love this time more than the first time I saw it. The actors are very good and the scenery is beautiful.

sergioAraujo 121 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I love this time more than the first time I saw it. The actors are very good and the scenery is beautiful.

sergioAraujo 121 reviews, 0 helpful votes