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

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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+

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

82 Reviews Add review

Wow what an incredible show Pinocchio is. I continue to be in awe of the shows that the National put on and this was no exception.... More

M4RKJONES 5'6, 11 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,... More

-A 5"2, 34 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I went specifically to see Joe Idris Roberts, who plays Pinocchio, because he's going to be the new Albus in HP and the Cursed Child.... More

ilanalindsey 5"1', 22 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 well... More

joc78 5"4, 364 reviews, 5 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 27 reviews, 0 helpful votes

billiemariee 5"2, 84 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Magical, at times creepy, production of this well-known morality tale - awesome effects, a production with something for big kids (adults)... More

tanaakson 1 review, 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... More

jessamybennett 5'4", 59 reviews, 2 helpful votes

We all really enjoyed this show. It's not perfect by any means, but there was a lot of impressive 'magic' on the stage, the puppetry... More

Jamb0r 178, 163 reviews, 12 helpful votes