Read Reviews for the National Theatre’s Pinocchio

The Verdict   Read Reviews for the National Theatre’s Pinocchio
See what critics think of the John Tiffany-helmed musical production in London.
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Joe Idris-Roberts and cast Manuel Harlan

The reviews are in for London’s National Theatre’s presentation of Pinocchio, based partly on the 1940 Disney film version and the original Carlo Collodi tales. Written for the stage by Dennis Kelly, the John Tiffany-helmed production features puppetry and songs from the classic movie.

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David Langham and Joe Idris Roberts Manuel Harlan

Tiffany (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Once) directs a cast led by Joe Idris-Roberts as Pinocchio, along with Audrey Brisson (Jiminy Cricket), Annette McLaughlin (Blue Lady), David Langham (The Fox), David Kirkbride (Coachman), Dawn Sievewright (Lampy), and Gershwyn Eustache Jnr. (Stromboli).

Read reviews for the London staging below:

Daily Mail (Quentin Letts)

Evening Standard (Henry Hitchings)

Financial Times (Ian Shuttleworth)

The Guardian (Michael Billington)

The Hollywood Reporter (Leslie Felperin)

The New York Times (Ben Brantley)

The Telegraph (Dominic Cavendish)

Time Out London (Andrzej Lukowski)

The Stage (Natasha Tripney)

Variety (Matt Trueman)

Playbill will continue to update with reviews as they are published.

Completing the cast are 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.

Songs by Leigh Harline, Ned Washington and Paul J Smith, are adapted by Martin Lowe for the stage version of Pinocchio.

The creative team is made up of 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).


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