The Orange Tree Theatre reveals cast for new play Pinocchio this festive season

PINOCCHIO image with text Nathan Queeley-Dennis as Pinocchio

The Orange Tree Theatre has revealed the cast for its upcoming new play Pinocchio.

The production promises to be a perfect family show this Christmas, running 14 to 31 December.


Pinocchio is created and directed by OT Community Director Liam Shea with Fiona Drummond (Mum/The Blue Fairy/Other beasts) joining Nathan Queeley-Dennis (Hugo/Pinocchio/Other beasts) in a fun, interactive adventure, for anyone aged 3 to 103 (babies welcome!).

Completing the creative team are James Cleeve (Composer/Musical Director), Lori Hopkins (Puppetry Director) and Chris McDonnell (Lighting Designer).

OT 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!”

Liam Shea adds: “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.”

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, use your imagination to help Hugo on his magical journey with friends new and old this winter.

Tickets can be booked online from

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