Rehearsals have begun for London’s National Theatre’s stage version of Pinocchio, based partly on the 1940 Disney film version and the original Carlo Collodi tales.
Disney Theatricals has given its blessing for the stage version (and the use of songs from the film and others in the Disney catalog), but is not otherwise creatively or financially involved.
The musical is scheduled to open at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre in December.
The cast includes Joe Idris-Roberts (Pinocchio), Audrey Brisson (Jiminy Cricket), Annette McLaughlin (Blue Lady), David Langham (The Fox), David Kirkbride (Coachman), Dawn Sievewright (Lampy), and Gershwyn Eustache Jnr. (Stromboli) together with Stuart Angell, Trieve Blackwood-Cambridge, Stephanie Bron, James Charlton, Rebecca Jayne-Davies, Sarah Kameela Impey, Anabel Kutay, Michael Lin, Jack North, Clemmie Sveaas, Michael Taibi, Scarlet Wilderink, and Jack Wolfe.
Flip through photos of the rehearsals below:
Inside the Rehearsal Room for London’s National Theatre Production of Pinocchio
The creative team is led by director John Tiffany (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Once, and Blackwatch), who reunites with the designer, choreographer, and musical supervisor of the Tony-winning musical Once, respectively, Bob Crowley, Steven Hoggett, and Martin Lowe. Puppets are co-designed by Crowley and Toby Olie (War Horse). The book is by playwright Dennis Kelly (Matilda).