A musical version of Disney’s Pinocchio comes to Life at the National theatre

The National Theatre is reportedly finalising a deal with Disney to bring a musical version of 1940’s animated classic Pinocchio to the stage.  Directed by John Tiffany and written by Enda Walsh, the idea for a new musical stage version has reportedly been in development for some time with Disney initially funding a small workshop for Tiffany to test out some ideas.  If a further workshop later this year is successful, Pinocchio will premiere at the National for Christmas 2016.

The show will combine elements from the 1940 Disney animated movie and the original source The Adventures of Pinocchio and feature classic songs such as When You Wish Upon A Star, Give A Little Whistle, Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor’s Life For Me), Little Wooden Head and I’ve Got No Strings. With access to Disney’s archive, the show may also include songs written for the film and never used.
Tiffany’s creative team on Pinocchio includes designer Bob Crowley and choreographer and movement director Steven Hoggett.

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