Cast set for family show Pinocchio at Orange Tree

Last Updated on 28 October 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team

The Orange Tree Theatre in London is to stage Liam Shea’s new adaptation of Pinocchio this Christmas

Nathan Queeley-Dennis Pinocchio
Nathan Queeley-Dennis is to play Hugo and Pinocchio at the Orange Tree Theatre

Casting is now complete for a new family show at the Orange Tree Theatre in London this Christmas, based on the classic story of Pinocchio.

Fiona Drummond will play Mum, The Blue Fairy and “other beasts” alongside Nathan Queeley-Dennis as Pinocchio, Hugo and also “other beasts”.

Described as a “fun, interactive adventure”, it runs at the Orange Tree (OT) in Richmond from 14 to 31 December 2021 in the mornings alongside the continuing run of Terence Rattigan’s While the Sun Shines.

The new adaptation has been created and directed by Liam Shea, the theatre’s community director, and is aimed at anyone “aged three to 103”, with babies welcome too.

Hugo is bored, lonely and needs a friend so his mum makes him his very own Pinocchio, setting them both on an adventure to the top of a snowy mountain, out to pleasure island and into the belly of a wiggly whale.

With puppetry and original music, the audience will use their imagination to help Hugo on his magical journey with friends new and old.

The creative team also includes composer and musical director James Cleeve, puppetry director Lori Hopkins and lighting designer Chris McDonnell.

The Orange Tree’s artistic director, Paul Miller, said: “As we continue our Recovery Season, nothing seems more important than reconnecting with the very young – and helping them to reconnect with the world.

“So I am delighted that new OT community director Liam Shea has conceived this brilliant and accessible version of Pinocchio which will enchant a whole new generation with this classic tale this Christmas. I can’t wait!”

Shea added: “I’m really excited to be creating a fun, joyful show with such a talented team. Nathan, who comes fresh from the Paines Plough tour of Black Love and Really Big and Really Loud, paired with Fiona, who has a wealth of experience performing with Globe Education will bring to life this funny, interactive show that’ll be fun for all the family.”

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