Pinocchio is dancing into Blackburn

Pinocchio is dancing into Blackburn in Northern Ballet’s latest ballet for children

Pinocchio, the newest children’s production created by Northern Ballet will soon be visiting Blackburn as part of a major national tour from February to April. It’s the perfect introduction to ballet.

Following a packed-out world premiere in Leeds in October 2021, Pinocchio will now be performed at King George’s Hall on Thu 24 Mar 2022 with shows at 2:30pm and 4:30pm.

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 premiered 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.”

Tickets can be booked at or by calling the Box Office on 01254 582579.