• A scene from Chichester Festival Youth Theatre's Pinocchio. Photo Manuel Harlan-260_550x380.jpg

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Chichester Festival Youth Theatres brand new version of this classic tale by Anna Ledwich had just 15 live performances in 2020 before it was streamed globally during lockdown. Dale Rookss darkly magical production now returns for Christmas 2021, with the revival directed by Bobby Brook.

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 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


18 December 2021 - 1 January 2022


Chichester, West Sussex