GREENWICH THEATRE – 2015
Originally produced at the Chicago Shakespeare Festival, a new musical adaptation of the classic children’s story received its UK Premiere at Greenwich Theatre in the summer of 2015.
Based on Carlo Collodi’s classic tale, Pinocchio tells the story of a wooden puppet yearning to be a real boy. Carved out of wood by the lonely toymaker Geppetto, Pinocchio tumbles from one disastrous situation to another in search of adventure — only to discover that, in the end, all he really needs is an unselfish heart and the love of his father.
Written by the Broadway and Disney writing duo Neil Bartram and Brian Hill (The Story of My Life, Bedknobs and Broomsticks), this family musical brings a new vision of the timeless story to the stage, springing to life with inventive and awe-inspiring puppetry, live musicians, singers and performers.
The cast featured Christian James as Pinocchio, Martin Neely (Les Misérables, Mary Poppins) as Geppetto, Rachael Louise Miller (Les Misérables, Joseph) as Fairy/Storyteller, Ceris Hine (Alice: A New Musical) as Cat/Puppet Master and James Charlton (The Light Princess) as Fox/Lampwick.
Director: Bronagh Lagan
Musical Director: Freddie Tapner
Set and Costume Designer: Nik Corrall
Lighting Designer: David Howe
Production Photos: Claire Bilyard
“..The score is amusing and tuneful, with many outstanding numbers.”
“…an excellent production of an interesting and involving musical..” – BRITISH THEATRE *****
“The opening sequence – using shadow puppets – is very effective and really grabbed the attention of the audience from the start.”
“If you have children, then the summer holidays can be fraught with issues…So, I would suggest that you get yourselves out and head to the Greenwich Theatre where they are currently presenting “The Adventures of Pinocchio”. – LONDON THEATRE ****
“..is an outstanding success!”
“Greenwich Theatre was transformed and a creative and imaginative scene was captured.”
“If you are yet to experience the magic then book your tickets now to ensure you don’t miss out!” – CARNS THEATRE PASSION ****
“We absolutely loved everything about the performance – The brilliant live music, clever staging & props, beautifully written script and the small cast of actors who played their parts to a tee.”
“We thoroughly enjoyed the whole show.” – BERICE BABY
“The show begins with a well-suited shadow puppet performance in a beautifully artistic introduction to the story.”
“The cast does a phenomenal job in keeping the young members of the audience captivated.”
“Pinocchio has once again won over the hearts of his audience. It is a lovely little summer holiday adventure.” – MUSICAL THEATRE REVIEW