REVIEW: Adventures of Pinocchio are far from traditional

Pinocchio - The Castle, Wellingborough
Pinocchio - The Castle, Wellingborough

Another traditional panto...oh no it wasn’t!

Wellingborough Castle’s Christmas production of The Adventures of Pinocchio was far from the traditional panto you expect to see during the festive season.

No Ugly Sisters, no Buttons, no “he’s behind you!” Instead it was a creative musical adaptation of the much-loved traditional story of Pinocchio, composed by Craig Adams.

The stage was set beautifully with the sound of birds singing as you entered the auditorium.

The production followed the well known story of Pinocchio, who is young puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy.

Daniel Bolton performed through Pinocchio the Puppet, and the audience’s hearts were with him the whole way through.

The cast was made up of multi-talented actors, who played instruments from the saxophone to the violin and remained on set throughout the show.

The cast were complemented by the young company of the Castle Theatre, who showed much enthusiasm and enjoyment throughout. Credit must go to Tom Attwood, who played The Cricket and was also the panto’s musical director. Secondly, Zachary Cooke, fresh form drama school, who took on the role of The Cat, must be commended. He oozed talent and character and really took the limelight.

Overall, the production was enjoyable, fun and suitable for the whole whole family. A definite must see this Christmas!

The Adventures of Pinocchio runs until December 30. Tickets are available from the Castle Theatre box office on 01933 270007.