Pinocchio Launch at The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham


Yes it’s the middle of Summer in June, however, today we went to find out about a fantastic new show for Christmas time. We were kindly invited by The Old Rep, Birmingham, to attend the launch of their branch new show for Christmas 2018 of Pinocchio.

Each year the theatre puts on special remake of a classic story in their family festive show. This year’s performance tells the well know tale of Pinocchio, a wooden puppet who embarks upon an adventure, with his trusted friend, Jimeny Cricket, to become a real boy.

The performance showcases talent from both professional actors and students who attend The Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA). 

Upon arrival at the theatre, we were kindly given some fair tickets. We were able to exchange the tickets for a game of traditional games such as hook a duck, hoopla and to try to knock all the cans down. Emelia had fun knocking her cans down and managed to get them all over apart from one. We also bumped into the lovely Kelly from Small House Big Trips and Mini enjoyed getting to know her two little girls.

The foyer was decorated in beautiful bright colours and had a really fun theme running throughout. After some refreshments we were invited into the auditorium to see a sneak preview of the Pinocchio performance. All of the actors we saw were students from BOA as the professional actors were still in the audition stages. The actors we saw were only given 24 hours to rehearse their scenes. I can honestly say that they all did a fantastic job and were engaging, enthusiastic and well polished.  I’m sure they will be even more amazing after more time to rehearse.

The stage was decorated again in bright, circus like colours and live music was played on stage. Mini loved the costumes of all the characters, particularly Pinocchio with his bright red cheeks. The performance gave a great insight into the performance and what more may be awaiting audiences in the Winter. Mini left the theatre desperate to know what was going to happen next in the story and can’t wait to come back to find out what happens next.


Pinocchio runs from 17th November until 30th December and will make a perfect family outing in the run upto or throughout the festive period. All of the show times are at either 10.15am, 1.30pm or 5.30pm, really demonstrating that this truly is a performance designed with a younger audience in mind.

Tickets for Pinocchio are on sale and available here.


Disclaimer: We were invited to the press launch of Pinocchio, all views and opinions are entirely our own and we were not required to write a post, but enjoyed it so much wanted to share our experience.



  1. June 18, 2018 / 5:40 pm

    Wow I can’t believe places are starting to sort out Christmas plays already, that’s pretty scary x

    • mommamack15
      June 18, 2018 / 7:12 pm

      It was nice that it had moved away from a Christmas theme and is a show that could be enjoyed all year round

  2. June 18, 2018 / 7:36 pm

    Oh wow the theatre world is more organised than me! Now my daughter is a bit older I love taking her to the theatre, so much book a trip nearer to Christmas 🙂

    • mommamack15
      June 18, 2018 / 7:42 pm

      It’s definitely organised although last year we wanted to go to another show and it was sold out so shows some people do like to book early

  3. June 19, 2018 / 7:28 am

    This sounds lovely and so well put together for little ones! I love that the show times would work well for us, and the games in the foyer are a lovely touch too.

    • mommamack15
      June 19, 2018 / 8:12 am

      I was impressed with the show times, it really felt like it was put together with little ones in mind

  4. June 19, 2018 / 8:33 am

    Oh wow, this sounds so lovely and magical for little ones. It’s the little touches that really make something like this for kids isn’t it!

    • mommamack15
      June 19, 2018 / 3:26 pm

      Hopefully the full show is just as special too.

  5. June 19, 2018 / 8:43 am

    How brilliant is this. I love the theatre and Pinocchio brings back so many childhood memories x

    • mommamack15
      June 19, 2018 / 3:27 pm

      I’ve actually never watched Pinocchio all the way through so looking forward to learning the story too.

  6. June 19, 2018 / 8:49 am

    That looks cool! It seems mad that you got to see a Christmas show in June but I guess they have to put so much work and planning in that they are way ahead of the audience. I always loved the Pinnochio story and this seems like a lovely production 🙂

    • mommamack15
      June 19, 2018 / 3:28 pm

      I know I was surprised when I got the invite too but yes suppose they have to put a lot of planning into it.

  7. June 19, 2018 / 10:16 pm

    This looks like a great performance! I love the story of Pinnochio.

  8. June 22, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Such a brilliant experience for your little lady! I love taking mine to the theatre but it can get really expensive, so I tend to go for one-to-one sessions 🙂

    • mommamack15
      June 22, 2018 / 6:13 pm

      I agree it can get expensive, we sometimes ask relatives for tickets for birthdays instead of presents

  9. June 22, 2018 / 10:17 pm

    Ahh this sounds like such a lovely afternoon. Pinnochio isn’t a story you tend to see on stage like that, good on them for doing something a bit different this year.

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