NEWS: CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR CITIZENS THEATRE PRODUCTION OF PINOCCHIO

The Citizens Theatre has unveiled the cast for its production of Pinocchio, written by Robert Alan Evans and adapted with Lu Kemp, based on the original and much-loved story by Carlo Collodi.

Audiences can expect the same distinctive style that has earned the theatre a reputation for unique and alternative Christmas shows with inventive storytelling, atmospheric set design and live music.

Returning to the Citizens stage for another festive season are Andy Clark and Irene Allan. Andy Clark has regularly performed at the theatre since Vernon God Little in 2004. Andy recently appeared at the Citizens in the 2017 studio show Lampedusa and in the 2018 festive revival of A Christmas Carol. Clark’s past credits at the theatre also include The Libertine, Othello, The Bevellers, Peter Pan and Hamlet.

Irene Allan’s performance as the Witch in Hansel & Gretel (2016) was described by the Daily Record as “utterly fabulous”. Audiences may also remember Allan from her role as Cinderella’s Stepmother in the theatre’s 2017 festive production.

As part of the theatre’s commitment to nurturing new talent, the Citizens Actor Intern, Liam King, will star as Pinocchio.  Having recently graduated from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Liam’s internship is funded by the Robertson Trust.

Also returning to the Citizens is Elisa De Grey, who appeared in A Christmas Carol (2018) and starred as Tinkerbell in Peter Pan at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre last summer.

Taking on the role of Gepetto is Gary Lilburn who will be familiar to many as Sharon’s dad, Des, in the hit Channel 4 series Catastrophe.  Gary has also appeared in Silent Witness, Casualty, Mrs Brown’s Boys (all BBC) and on stage in As You Like It (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe) and at the Citizens Theatre in 2013 in Dr Faustus.

Making their Citizens debuts are Helen Katamba (The Ugly One, Tron Theatre Company; Macbeth, National Theatre; The Three Musketeers, The Dukes) and Stephanie Payne, who has recently graduated from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and is the Citizens’ second Actor Intern this season.

Directed by Artistic Director Dominic Hill, this new Christmas production reunites the talented creative team behind the Citizens’ festive productions of A Christmas Carol and Hansel and Gretel.  Designer Rachael Canning and Lighting Designer Lizzie Powell will bring the stage to life whilst an immersive soundscape will be created by Hill’s regular collaborator Nikola Kodjabashia and performed live on stage by the company.

As well as previous Christmas shows A Christmas Carol, Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel, Kodjabashia has lent his distinctive style to Hill’s productions of Cyrano de Bergerac, This Restless House, Hamlet and Crime and Punishment in recent years.

Family tickets for Pinocchio start from just £39 and a range of concessions are available.

Sat 7 Dec    7pm (P)

Mon 9 Dec    7pm (P)

Tue 10 Dec    7pm (Red)

Wed 11 Dec    10.30am (Schools) & 7pm (Red)

Fri 13 Dec    10.30am (Schools) & 7pm (Red) (BSL Signed)

Sat 14 Dec    2pm (Blue) (AD & Cap) & 7pm (Blue)

Sun 15 Dec    1pm (Blue) & 5pm (Blue)

Mon 16 Dec    10.30am (Schools) & 7pm (RLX)

Tue 17 Dec    10.30am (Schools) & 7pm (Red)

Wed 18 Dec    10.30am (Schools) & 7pm (Gold)

Fri 20 Dec    7pm (Gold)

Sat 21 Dec    2pm (Gold) & 7pm (Gold)

Sun 22 Dec    1pm (Gold) & 5pm (Gold)

Mon 23 Dec    2pm (Gold) & 7pm (Gold)

Tue 24 Dec    1pm (Gold) & 5pm (Gold)

Fri 27 Dec    2pm (Gold) & 7pm (Gold)

Sat 28 Dec    2pm (Red) & 7pm (Red)

Sun 29 Dec    1pm (Red) & 5pm (Red)

Mon 30 Dec    2pm (Red) & 7pm (Red)

Fri 3 Dec    2pm (Green) & 7pm (Green)

Sat 4 Dec    2pm (Green) & 7pm (Green)

P – Preview
RLX – Relaxed Performance

Previews:         Sat 7 & Mon 9 Dec, 7pm
Relaxed:        Mon 16 Dec, 7pm

BSL Signed:        Fri 13 Dec, 7pm

AD & Captioned:    Sat 14 Dec, 2pm

RELAXED PERFORMANCE
Mon 16 Dec, 7pm
Particularly suitable for those with an autistic spectrum condition or additional sensory or communication needs.  Please note there will be some alterations to lighting and sound effects and a relaxed attitude towards noise and movement at this performance.