Cursed Child Director to Bring Pinocchio to London Stage

London's National Theater has been given approval by Disney Theatrical Productions to bring Pinocchio back to life.

Pinocchiowill be a real boy again!

According to the Daily Mail, the classic story is getting a stage musical adaptation, complete with songs from the 1940 Disney film, with an impressive behind-the-scenes pedigree. London’s National Theater will stage a Pinocchiofrom director John Tiffany, aka the man who brought magic to life in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Director of the National Theater Rufus Norris told the Daily Mail of Tiffany’s involvement: “He can build up the theatricality in a handmade way, rather than bringing on tons of scenery,” which suggests a more understated adaptation than your average Disney stage musical.

Norris added: “We’re talking about a story that’s essentially set in a puppetry workshop, so there’s a lot of that aesthetic built into the Collodi story.” In other words: If it wasn’t already obvious, this stage musical will include a fair amount of puppetry. (A skill the National Theater is no doubt very familiar with from its War Horseproduction.)

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The musical will feature designs by Bob Crowley and choreography by Steven Hoggett, who both collaborated on the Tony-winning Oncewith Tiffany. Dennis Kelly, perhaps best known for Matilda the Musical,will be penning the script. Martin Lowe (Once) is overseeing the music. The play will open in December. 

Though the Pinnochiomusical adaptation is approved by Disney Theatrical Productions, it is an independent project, which is unusual for the massive media company. While stage musicals like The Lion Kingand Beauty and the Beasthave been produced directly by Disney Theatrical or, in the case of musicals like Newsies, have been produced with direct oversight from Disney, this is not the case with Pinocchio. Norris said the National Theater would not be receiving any money from Disney to create the show.

Maybe the National Theater can reclaim “I’ve Got No Strings”‘ back from Ultron and de-creepify it…