A rollicking revision of the classic tale of a wooden boy with a nose for trouble, retold as a witty, rocking, music theatre spectacular


The Play

'Enough wit and magic to keep all the family spellbound.'
The Age

Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney Opera House present
a Windmill Theatre and State Theatre Company of
South Australia production


Based on the books by Carlo Collodi
Created by Rosemary Myers with writer Julianne O'Brien

A rollicking revision of the classic tale of a wooden boy with a nose for trouble

Once there was a lonely man with lots of love to give. He wanted a child so much that he carved himself a beautiful little boy. But the boy wanted the world - adventure, fame and the latest designer sneakers. He wanted more than his father could possibly give, and so he ran away to get it.

This is his story.

The classic tale by Carlo Collodi is given a 21st century spin and retold as a witty, rocking, music theatre spectacular; a mix of old time theatre fun and a celebration of the 'whatever' generation.

For kids brought up on Australian Idol, this fable of conscience and belonging is given a new dimension by the talented Windmill Theatre team that created Wizard of Oz(2009) and multi Helpmann Award-winning School Dance  (2013).

Rosemary Myers directs a wonderfully physical performance from Nathan O'Keefe as Pinocchio, and School Dance favourite Jonathon Oxlade charms us as Cricket. This beautifully designed show is guaranteed to be feel-good fun for all the family.

Duration: 2 hours (including interval)
Warning: Recommended for ages 7+, contains strobe lighting effects

Family Program Patron: Gretel Packer


Previews 11 - 12 Apr 2014
Season 15 Apr - 4 May 2014

Casual ticket prices
Previews $30
In-season $39

Transaction fees may apply

Captioned performance
Wed 23 Apr 11am

Audi Night with the Actors
Wed 23 Apr 6.30pm

Audio Described performances
Fri 2 May 6.30pm
Sat 3 May 1pm

Auslan Interpreted Performance
Thursday 1 May 11am

Director Rosemary Myers
Composer/Musical Director Jethro Woodward
Designer Jonathon Oxlade
Video Designer Chris More
Lighting Designer Geoff Cobham
Movement Carol Wellman Kelly

Paul Capsis, Danielle Catanzariti, Jude Henshall, Luke Joslin, Nathan O'Keefe, Jonathon Oxlade, Alirio Zavarce

Photo Shane Reid

"This is AMAZING. Saw it today and was rivetted." Mia Freedman (Mamamia) via Twitter

"Bright, colourful and loads of fun, Windmill Theatre's Pinocchio is a play that will get the whole family giggling." Daily Telegraph

"Everyone leaves with their heart approximately five sizes larger." Aussie Theatre

"Clever, edgy, adventurous" Sydney Morning Herald

"Don't go expecting typical one-dimensional children's entertainment... this modernised interpretation is really a world of its own." Herald Sun

"Pinocchio delivers the goods and then some... simply wonderful." The Advertiser

"A dazzling production." The Australian

"Jonathon Oxlade's design... rivals any stadium spectacular." The Age

Features and interviews
Sydney Morning Herald: Paul Capsis returns to the Sydney stage, now as the puppet master
Sydney Morning Herald:  The real Pinocchio: sweet-faced puppet or a very naughty boy

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