Pinocchio – September 2019

Sat 14 September 2019 - Sun 20 October 2019 at The Sydenham Centre
Show(s) at 2pm & 4pm every Sat & Sun (no perfs Sat 5/Sun 6 Oct)
Show lasts approximately 1 hour, suitable for families with children of all ages.

Tickets: £10 adults, £6 children. Children under 3 go free if they do not occupy a seat (i.e. are held on your lap).


About the Show

Adapted by JONATHAN KAUFMAN from the book by CARLO COLLODI
Additional dialogue and Italian dialogue by VALERIA IACAMPO

This new, magical version of the children’s classic tells the story of the little wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy. When Pinocchio runs away from his home, and the carpenter Geppetto who made him, his adventures with the puppet theatre, a dastardly Fox and a conniving Cat, the temptations of Playland and an unfortunate episode inside a whale, take him on a journey into the darkest recesses. Perhaps only the advice of an all-knowing Cricket and the Blue Fairy can save him from himself?

Spontaneous Productions’ 10th original show for families since Spring 2017 is one of the most magical yet. Using innovative shadow puppetry effects, original songs by Paul Tornbohm – based on well-known operatic arias – and choreography by actor-dancers Valeria Iacampo (Pinocchio) and Spontaneous regular Hjalmar Nordén (Geppetto) this promises to be a fantastic show for all ages. The cast is rounded off by the multi-talented Jimand Allotey as the Blue Fairy and Harlyqueen – Jimand was last seen as Anansi in Anansi the Spider, and we are thrilled she is returning to the Sydenham Centre for Pinocchio.

The Audience Reviews

What audiences have said about PINOCCHIO so far:

  • It was fantastic!
  • Always love to come and watch shows here – all actors and entertainment is great for all ages!
  • Bravo!
  • Wonderful show
  • Awesome!
  • Keep up the good work. Looking forward to the Christmas show
  • Another stunner! Hooray
  • Great performance
  • I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed Pinocchio in Sydenham yesterday afternoon. My 3 year old was enchanted (especially by the dancing) and has barely stopped talking about the show since. Jimand is just wonderful to watch (we loved her as Anansi too!), and the whole performance was a treat. We are hoping for more children’s productions soon!
  • Amazing show – A must see!
  • Fantastic
  • Liked the songs to Italian opera!
  • Another great show, can’t wait for the next one
  • So much fun and very funny and inclusive. You can tell the cast is happy and having such fun and that makes it even better
  • Great show, well done

The Gallery

The Cast

HJALMAR NORDÉN as Geppetto, Puppet Maestro, The Fox
JIMAND ALLOTEY as The Blue Fairy, Harlyqueen, The Cat, Lucignolo

The Credits

  • Produced and directed by JONATHAN KAUFMAN
  • Songs and musical adaptations by PAUL TORNBOHM and YUMI MASHIKI (after PUCCINI, VERDI, BIZET and DI CAPUA)
  • Set and costume design by SALLY HARDCASTLE
  • Special FX by JOE KAUFMAN

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