John Tiffany directs this new production of Pinocchio, which features the score and songs from the beloved Walt Disney film and is running at the National Theatre until 7 April 2018. Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews.
After choosing in 2016 to focus on Shakespeare (in the 400th anniversary of his death), I went completely different this year and made it my mission to learn more about, and see more shows featuring, puppets.
Award-winning John Tiffany directs, bringing to life a show that has been in his thoughts for several years now – he’s joined on the team by long-standing collaborator Bob Crowley, as well as Toby Olié as puppet director.
No matter the weather, as you walk into the Lyttelton’s auditorium for Pinocchio, you’ll find that it is snowing. A simple trick but one that inspires just the right childlike wonder for an adaptation of such a popular fairytale.
This is a magical, heartwarming production which uses a variety of theatrical devices in the purest and most masterful way. I’d certainly urge you to get to the National to experience it for yourself and be reminded of the importance of love and family.
It’s an old tale and a magical one. The deployment of spectacle and effects under John Tiffany’s direction and the remarkable tech and design team are not allowed to overshadow its old-fashioned moralities.
The National Theatre’s June 2017 – January 2018 season is live: Network, with Bryan Cranston; John Tiffany directs Pinocchio; Tony Award-winning play Oslo opens in the Lyttelton; Barber Shop Chronicles returns to the Dorfman.