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Pinocchio at The Old Rep Theatre Birmingham

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Wish upon a star this Christmas
Children's favourite Pinocchio will be wishing on a star in Birmingham this Christmas as The Old Rep Theatre's festive show for families.

pinocchio, old rep theatre
A family favourite for the festive season

The historic Birmingham venue will take audiences on a journey with the wooden puppet as he discovers what it's like to become a real boy from November 17 to December 30.

Pinocchio follows on from The Old Rep Theatre's previous successes of Wind in the Willows and last year's performance of Alice in Wonderland.

This adaptation of Carlo Callodi's classic tale about toymaker Geppetto will have you on the edge of your seats as Pinocchio escapes danger at the Mangiafuoco's Puppet Theatre, the deep ocean and the Land of Toys.

But keep an eye on his nose as Pinocchio famously has a tell-tale sign every time he lies.

This stage version of Pinocchio is set in a puppet theatre where the lovable character is struggling with the idea of going to school and is lured to perform with all the other overworked puppets.

At a special preview of the Christmas show, student actors from the BOA (Birmingham Ormiston Academy) gave audiences a taste of what is to come later in the year with Niamh Slater doing a great job as puppet Pinocchio. She really got the wooden movements spot on.

pinocchio, old rep theatre
Keep an eye on the nose

When the show begins in November, the cast will be made up of trained performers and BOA students under the direction of Alec Fellows Bennett.

There will be 65 performances of Pinocchio but festive plays at The Old Rep aimed at families and children of all ages always have plenty of demand as they are colourful with plenty of effects and puppets that younger viewers love.

Last year's show of Alice in Wonderland was a vibrant tale full of bright costumes and sets.

Alice in Wonderland, old rep
Last year's Old Rep festive show was Alice in Wonderland

Special performance of Pinocchio will also take place. There is a British Sign Language show on Friday 23 November at 10.15am and on Friday 28 December at 1pm.

There is also a relaxed performance on Saturday 15 December at 1pm.

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Why? Child friendly show for Christmas
When: 17 November - 30 December 2018
Phone: 0121 359 9444
Where: The Old Rep Theatre, Station Street, Birmingham
Cost: Tickets are priced 16 - 19.
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