A hope-filled ending to a dismal yearDaily Telegraph
Sumptuous, impressive, a truly lovely showMetro
Huge on colour and imagination, huge on energy, skill and humour and above all brim-full of heartChichester Observer
This Chichester wonderland is truly awe-inspiringWest Sussex County Times
Outstanding. This company never fails to deliverPortsmouth News
Chichester Festival Theatre has one of the finest youth theatres in the country and this show proves it – again. TerrificSardines
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 Blue 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 present a brand new version of this classic tale, written especially for them by CFT’s Writer in Residence Anna Ledwich. Her previous work at Chichester includes The Butterfly Lion (2019), Crossing Lines (2019) and Beauty and the Beast (2018).
Director Dale Rooks, whose work at Chichester includes The Butterfly Lion, The Midnight Gang and Running Wild, will bring her trademark visual flair and gift for storytelling to this darkly magical reinvention.
There will also be two live streamed performances for audiences at home on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 December.
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Our programmes are designed to be the perfect insightful companion to the production. This programme includes an exclusive interview with Director Dale Rooks and Writer in Residence Anna Ledwich, who has adapted Pinocchio for CFT. Also included are beautiful drawings of the costumes by designer Ryan Dawson Laight and some fun puzzles to keep you busy during the interval! There is also rehearsal photography and biographies of the creative team.
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