March 11—24, 2017


March 11—24, 2017

About the Ballet

World Premiere

One of the most captivating and enduring of all children’s stories, but one replete with themes and interpretive possibilities that allow it to transcend the limitations of just one genre, Pinocchio has been adapted to seemingly countless media and art forms over the years. Its hauntingly archetypal central idea, that of a man who so wants a child that he creates one—in the form of a marionette—out of wood, only to have the marionette come to life and create problems of his own, has proven a beguilingly potent metaphor to many artists. What began as an Italian children’s novel in 1883 has been made over the years into musicals, operas, animated films and television shows.

Now Pinocchio makes its full-length balletic world premiere this season with The National Ballet of Canada. Created by choreographer Will Tuckett, Guest Principal Character Artist with The Royal Ballet in England, Pinocchio is a wildly funny, often moving and sometimes even dark re-telling of the original story, recapturing the adventures of the famous wooden boy with brilliantly inventive choreography and unforgettable stagecraft.

“Tuckett's choreography is sympathetic and ingenious, giving an impression of overarching space within tight confines.” The Guardian

Pinocchio View Gallery


Pinocchio a family-friendly theatrical extravaganza” Toronto Star, 2017

“Puppet magic… Will Tuckett’s showy new interpretation for The National Ballet of Canada… drips with comic vignettes and attention-grabbing special effects.” NOW Toronto, 2017

“Dancing Lumberjacks. Ocean adventures. A ringmaster channeling Beetlejuice. National Ballet’s Pinocchio is a feast of visual delights.” Eli Glasner, CBC Entertainment via Twitter

“Move over Swan Lake. This Carlo Collodi meets Canadiana take on Pinocchio at National Ballet is brilliantly innovative and witty. Bravissimo!” Tahiat Mahboob, CBC Music via Twitter

“Neat juxtaposition of musical and ballet, and chorus of principals – what a treat.” Haley Overland, Chatelaine via Twitter

All Performance Sold Out

Standing Room Only
Available day of show at the Four Seasons Centre in person only.



Will Tuckett

Paul Englishby

Libretist and Dramaturge:
Alasdair Middleton

Set and Costume Designer:
Colin Richmond

Lighting Designer:
Oliver Fenwick

Projection Designer:
Douglas O'Connell

Assistant to the Choreographer:
Emma Brunton

Set Design Assistants:
Sebastian Noel, James Turner Donnelley, Ella Callow and Elizabeth Brett

Set Design Draughtsman:
Simon Oliver

A co-production of The National Ballet of Canada and Texas Ballet Theatre

Lead philanthropic support for Pinocchio is provided by the Walter Carsen New Creations Fund, with additional support from an anonymous friend of the National Ballet, Tim & Frances Price, The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada and The Producers’ Circle.

The Producers’ Circle: Gail & Mark  Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Inger Bartlett & Marshal Stearns, Susanne Boyce & Brendan Mullen, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, The Thor E. and Nicole Eaton Family Charitable Foundation,, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin & Roger Garland, Emmanuelle Gattuso and Allan Slaight, The William & Nona Heaslip Foundation, Rosamond Ivey, Hal Jackman Foundation, Anna McCowan-Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C., Judy Korthals & Peter Irwin, Judith & Robert Lawrie, Mona & Harvey Levenstein, Joan & Jerry Lozinski, The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C., Julie Medland, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Lynda & Jonas Prince, Susan Scace & Arthur Scace, C.M., Q.C., Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan, Sandra Simpson and Noreen Taylor, C.M. & David Staines, C.M., O.Ont.

Ballet Talks

The National Ballet invites you to attend the Pinocchio Ballet Talk 45 minutes before every show in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Enhance your experience and learn more about our productions from Lindsay Fischer, Artistic Director, YOU dance/Principal Ballet Master.

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