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When you're newly carved from a piece of wood, the last thing you want to do in sweep up and go to school. You want to have fun, like other boys. So begin The Adventures of Pinocchio
, the tale of the wooden boy who longs to be good, but just can't help tumbling nose first into trouble. Guided by the Blue Fairy, Pinocchio has lots to learn before he can discover the secret to becoming a real boy. He is tricked by the sly fox and clever cat, has his lying nose pecked by woodpeckers, is captured in the Big Green Fisherman's net and is wickedly turned into a performing donkey! Sung in English. Running time 2 hours 15 minutes. In this world premiere, award winning composer Jonathan Dove and playwright Alasdair Middleton turn Carlo Collodi's classic into a fantastical musical story, which recaptures the weird and wonderful qualities of the 1880's originalPerformers Victoria Simmonds (Pinocchio), Mary Plazas (The Blue Fairy), Jonathan Summers (Gepetto), Rebecca Bottone (Cricket/Parrot), Graeme Broadbent (Puppeteer/Ape Judge/Ringmaster), Allan Clayton (Lampwick), Mark Wilde (Cat), James Laing (Fox/Coachman).
Music Jonathan Dove. Adapted by Alasdair Middleton. Company Opera North. Conductor David Parry. Director Martin Duncan. Design Francis O'Connor. Costume Francis O'Connor. Lighting Davy Cunningham. Director Nick Winston (movement).
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