Carlo Collodi’s much-loved tale about a puppet who longs to be a real boy will receive a musical makeover when The Adventures Of Pinocchio arrives at the Greenwich Theatre this summer.
Written by Neil Bartram and Brian Hill, who are currently adapting Bedknobs And Broomsticks for the stage, the family musical will play from 5 to 23 August at the London venue.
Promising inventive and awe-inspiring puppetry, The Adventures Of Pinocchio follows the story of a puppet, carved out of wood by lonely toymaker Geppetto, as he tumbles from one disastrous situation to another in search of an adventure.
The forthcoming London run will mark the show’s UK premiere, having previously been produced at the Chicago Shakespeare Festival in 2011, when it was described by the Chicago Stage Standard as “An excellent production fit for the whole family”.
Recommended for children aged five and older, The Adventures Of Pinocchio joins an exciting array of musical adaptations of popular children’s stories hitting the capital this year, with Tall Stories’ tuneful take on The Gruffalo returning to the Lyric Theatre in July and a new musical about fairytale villains opening at the Unicorn Theatre in the winter.
For full details and how to book, visit the Greenwich Theatre’s website. Casting for the production is still to be announced.