Chichester Festival Youth Theatre


A new adaptation by Anna Ledwich
Music by Tom Brady
From the original novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

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Chichester Festival Youth Theatre have pulled off a mini miracle, a happy return and a brilliant new adventure. Pinocchio, it’s great to have you back!

Chichester Observer

Sublime. Do yourself a favour. Go see it

Portsmouth News

Sumptuous, impressive, a truly lovely show

Metro (2020)

A warm, stirring fairy-tale

Telegraph (2020)

Geppetto the boatmaker tosses aside a piece of wood; it’s only good for the fire. To his amazement, a voice answers him back. Geppetto picks up the wood and begins to carve – and a small wooden boy is revealed. A puppet, which he names Pinocchio.

And that’s when the mayhem begins. Pinocchio can’t stop getting into trouble, despite the best efforts of the Fairy and the Cricket to keep him on track. His intentions may be good – he truly wants to go to school like real boys and girls – but the temptation to discover the wonders of the world and make his fortune keep getting in the way.

Pinocchio encounters a host of fascinating characters, from Punch and Judy to the wily Fox and Cat and the strange Sea Monster, as he journeys to Wonderland and the world beneath the sea. But he discovers that it isn’t easy hiding the truth – especially when your nose gets longer with every lie you tell…

Chichester Festival Youth Theatre’s brand new version of this classic tale by Anna Ledwich had just 11 live performances in 2020 before it was streamed globally during lockdown. Dale Rooks’s darkly magical production now returns for Christmas 2021, with the revival directed by Bobby Brook.


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Chichester Festival Youth Theatre have pulled off a mini miracle, a production which is both fresh and familiar, a re-run and a re-invention, a happy return and a brilliant new adventure. A supremely talented group of young people working supremely well together. Huge credit to director Bobby Brook. She’s working with abundant diverse talent; she maximises it magnificently. Pinocchio, it’s great to have you back!

Chichester Observer

Beautiful - from its script and score to its direction and choreography and its wonderful set and the beautiful costumes. Brady’s music embraces Sondheim and Schwartz; there are echoes of Into The Woods and Children of Eden. Dale Rooks and Bobby Brook’s direction does exactly what it needs to do and the movement from Amy Lawrence is busy and tight and a joy. Sublime. Do yourself a favour. Go see it

Portsmouth News

Cast & Creatives

Creative team

Cast List

Dale Rooks


Bobby Brook

Revival Director

Simon Higlett

Set Designer

Ryan Dawson Laight

Costume Designer

James Whiteside

Lighting Designer

Colin Billing

Musical Director

Gregory Clarke

Sound Designer

Amy Lawrence

Movement Director




Pricing Information

Price bands for an event, organised by showing
Performance description Price Bands
  • Groups 8+: 10% off
  • Family ticket: Half Price for up to four U16s with every full price paying adult. Top three prices only. Discounts applied at the checkout.
  • Schools and Student groups 10+: £8.50 per ticket; one free teacher ticket with every nine paid
  • All venues: Only one reduction applies per ticket, and all discounts are subject to availability and at the discretion of the Box Office.
  • Festival Theatre: Discounts apply to top three price bands only
  • Festival Theatre: Discounts do not apply for performances on 26 December - 1 January inclusive or the Relaxed Performance.
  • Access tickets may be available for Access Members Log in to your account to see Access seats
  • £5 Prologue Tickets may be available for 16-30 year olds Log in to your account to see Prologue seats

COVID Guidelines

Welcoming you to the Theatre safely

The following measures will be in place for your visit. We always ensure that our procedures are in line with current government guidelines, so please do check the website, and this page before your visit for the latest information.

  • In accordance with the latest government guidance, face coverings are strongly recommended for the duration of your visit, (except while you are eating and drinking) unless you are exempt for health reasons, or for children under the age of 11.
  • We do not currently require a vaccine passport or a negative test to attend.
  • E-tickets will be issued as standard. These do not have to be printed but can be shown on your smartphone or similar device for us to scan on entry. In order to reduce queueing and minimise contact, tickets will not be available for collection from the Box Office.
  • We will carry out enhanced cleaning of all public areas, both prior to and during performances.
  • Hand sanitising stations are positioned throughout the building.
  • Bars, Cafes and restaurants will be open, but transactions will be cashless and paperless, with perspex screens fitted at all sale points. Please check the website before your visit for the most up to date information.
  • Our auditoriums, foyer and restaurant spaces run at 100% fresh air ventilation. Due to current circumstances relating to Covid-19, our systems are set to run full (100%) fresh air only, during rehearsals and public events for a minimum of 1.5 hours before and 1.5 hours after occupation. Our supply air is drawn in via the intake ducts on the roof, passed through a two-stage filtration system removing particulates down to between 0.3µm-1.0µm (Micro millimetres). The extract system draws air upwards and out of the auditorium through ducts to the atmosphere.

Book with confidence

Please be reassured that should you book for a performance which has to be cancelled, you will be offered the option of a refund, credit or a transfer to another performance.

For maximized flexibility, if you cannot attend, you can exchange your ticket for FREE up to at least 24 hours prior to the event (subject to availability).

For productions in the Festival and Minerva Theatres we offer a refund protection service, available when you book your tickets, from Booking Protect so you can apply for a refund should you, or anyone in your party, be unable to attend the show due to adverse weather, injury, illness, burglary or fire at your residence, breakdown or relocation for work. Click here to read Booking Protect Terms and Conditions.

Please refer to our full terms and conditions of sale. The specific points above supercede those within the wider terms and conditions.

We hope you have an enjoyable visit but if you do have any concerns, members of staff will be on hand to help you.

Please do not attend the theatre if you believe you may be infected with COVID-19. If you are unsure whether to self-isolate, please check the current government guidelines.


Take a look at just a few of the wonderful costumes designs by Ryan Dawson Laight and look out for them in the show! We caught up with designer Ryan Dawson Laight to get an insight into how he's worked towards more sustainable and environmentally friendly costumes for Pinocchio

"When creating the costumes we made a huge effort to work with recycled and repurposed materials, as well as looking at the suppliers and outlets we sourced from and their ethical practices, to keep the environmental impact as low as we can."

"We worked with local charity Glad Rags Costumes, to repurpose some of their stock that at the end of this show will go back to them for further use. We’ve also worked with Cotton Avocado who use eco-friendly dyes such as chestnuts, avocado and onion skins."  

Costumes top to bottom: Wonderland Ticket Seller, Donkey, Cricket and Geppetto (C) Ryan Dawson Laight

Check out these and many more wonderful costumes in Pinocchio from 18 December - 1 January.


Age Guidance 
Ages 7+
Running Time
Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes, with no interval