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Chichester Festival Youth Theatre present a brand new version of this classic tale.

Geppetto the boatmaker tosses aside a piece of wood; its 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 thats when the mayhem begins. Pinocchio cant 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 isnt easy hiding the truth especially when your nose gets longer with every lie you tell

This new version of Pinocchio is specially written CFTs 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.

Recommended for ages 7+. There will be a Relaxed performance of Pinocchio on 28 December at 4pm, and a Polish-translated performance on 21 December at 7pm.


16 December 2020 - 2 January 2021


Chichester Festival Theatre