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Pinocchio ballet to come to life in Oldham

The Oldham Coliseum Theatre.

Pinocchio, the newest children's production created by Northern Ballet, will soon be visiting Oldham as part of a major national tour from February to April. 

Following a packed-outworld première in Leeds in October 2021, Pinocchio will now be performed at Oldham Coliseum Theatre on Thursday, February 10 with shows at 2pm and 4pm.

In this original retelling of the Italian story by Carlo Collodi, a lonely carpenter wishes for their puppet Pinocchio to come to life. 

After their dream comes true by the magic of a wishing well, Pinocchio sets out to prove himself worthy of becoming a real boy. 

This child friendly 40-minute ballet has been created especially for children and their families to experience live dance, music and theatre together.

Pinocchio follows in the footsteps of the company’s seven previous children’s ballets, which have achieved huge popularity live on stage, in CBeebies TV adaptations and in cinemas nationwide. 

With a choreographic debut by Northern Ballet’s Junior Soloist Gavin McCaig, Pinocchio will be performed to music by Ian Stephens, played live by members of Northern Ballet Sinfonia at every venue. 

Sets are designed by Frankie Bradshaw, lighting by Abbi Fearnley, and costumes designed by Carley Marsh and Kim Brassley.

Gavin McCaig said: “Having premièred Pinocchio in October 2021, I am thrilled the show will now be touring so extensively in 2022. 

“Northern Ballet’s children’s ballets have been enchanting families across the UK for several years, creating a truly magical live dance experience for all ages to enjoy together, and it is both a privilege and a pleasure to be creating for the next generation of audiences and artists.”

Northern Ballet is one of the UK’s leading ballet companies and the widest touring ballet company in the UK and dedicated to bringing ballet to as many people and places as possible.

Tickets can be booked at www.coliseum.org.uk or by calling the box office on 0161 624 2829. For information visit www.northernballet.com/ 

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