Baz has revealed in today's Mail that the National Theatre are producing the world premiere of Pinocchio this Christmas in the Lyttelton. It will feature songs from the classic Disney 1940's animated film including I’ve Got No Strings, Give A Little Whistle, When You Wish Upon A Star and Hi Diddle Dee Dee; plus tunes from the Disney back catalogue (particularly the studio’s Italian Alpine repertoire). Pinocchio will be played by an actor with some parts performed by puppets.
It is a huge coup for the NT to be directed by John Tiffany, whose stage hits include Harry Potter And The Cursed Child and although based partly on the 1940 Disney picture and it will be adapted in a brand new way by writer Dennis Kelly, who wrote the book for Matilda the Musical. (Kelly has replaced Enda Walsh who withdrew because of his heavy workload.)
Rufus Norris, director of the National said that the National was not receiving ‘one cent’ from Disney who have granted the rights to songs and story.
Tiffany is working with frequent collaborators Bob Crowley, who’s doing sets, costumes and co-designing puppets. Steven Hoggatt will do the choreography. Toby Olie, the other puppet co-designer, will direct the puppet sequences.It will be essentially set in a puppetry workshop staying true to the original Collodi story. Martin Lowe is overseeing the music. He and Tiffany were allowed unfettered access to songs by Thomas Schumacher — president of Disney Theatricals.
Tickets are expected to go on sale in the summer.