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Meet the Pinocchio team

The Pinocchio company on the first day of rehearsals

This December, a spectacular new production of Pinocchio will come to the Lyttelton stage at the National Theatre. It brings together an extraordinary team, who between them have worked on some of the biggest theatrical hits of recent years.

Directing the show is John Tiffany, who recently directed a show you might have heard of: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The show won nine Olivier awards, including Best Director for John Tiffany, and is one of the most in-demand theatre tickets in the world. When it first went on sale, over 175,000 tickets sold out in less than eight hours. Tiffany’s other recent work includes Road and Hope at the Royal Court, The Glass Menagerie at A R T, on Broadway and in the West End, as well as numerous productions for National Theatre of Scotland, including Let the Right One In and Black Watch.

The new production of Pinocchio comes from the pen (or computer – it’s not 1824) of Dennis Kelly, who’s best known in the theatre for co-writing Matilda the Musical with Tim Minchin. He’s written extensively for TV, including BBC Three’s Pulling with Sharon Horgan and the Channel 4 conspiracy thriller Utopia, also known for its excellent, massive, yellow billboard posters.

The show is being designed by Tony-and-Olivier-award-winning Bob Crowley, who really ought to have a National Theatre stamp card, having been involved in more than 20 shows here. He’s joined by Toby Olié, with whom he’ll be co-designing the show’s puppetry. Olié has worked previously worked on the National Theatre’s productions of The Elephantom, The Light Princess and War Horse.

Looking after the music is Martin Lowe, who’ll be working with some of Disney’s most memorable classics, including ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ and ‘I’ve Got No Strings’. He most recently worked at the National Theatre on Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, which won one of the only Olivier Awards that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child didn’t snaffle up (though he worked on that, too). His other work includes The Light Princess, Nation and War Horse at the NT and The Full Monty, Mamma Mia! and Cats in the West End.

Music, of course, goes hand in hand with movement. In that department, Martin will be reunited with movement director Steven Hoggett, who joined him on The Light Princess. Steven has also worked on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Dido, Queen of Carthage, The Hot House and Market Boy, among numerous other theatre credits.

So, all in all, they’re a decent bunch. While we can’t profile every single member of the cast and crew in this blog post, you can read more about them all and buy tickets here