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Pinocchio: Strings Attached

- October 10, 2017


The Amazing Adventures Of Pinocchio team up with The Circus Project to create a panto spectacle to wow audiences


The Amazing Adventures Of Pinocchio is not your run-of-the-mill panto. Starting in 2013, James Weisz brought back professional family panto to Brighton after the Theatre Royal stopped running them in 2011. Now in its fifth year, James’ panto promises to be bigger and better than ever.

This year the venue is Attenborough Centre For The Creative Arts, an award-winning, beautifully designed theatre within the Sussex University Campus, and with the new venue comes new possibilities. As James and his team looked over the script, they knew they had to bring a circus into town!

So Vicki McManus, director of The Circus Project, who has previously worked with the company before, including training Sleeping Beauty in silks and Aladdin to ascend from a ropes, was brought in.

For those of you who have not yet heard of The Circus Project, it has been running for 18 years providing circus arts classes and training facilities for all ages and abilities in Brighton and Hove. “We are a charity that promotes circus as a creative, fun and expressive way of increasing health and wellbeing for everyone,” says Vicki. “The Circus Project promotes the development of contemporary circus, supports new work and ideas, provides advice, resources and networking opportunities for young artists, emerging artists, hobbyists and professionals. We strive to be a model of good practice and artistic quality, and are delighted to be working with James Weisz and the Pinocchio company.”

With 12 dancers, five circus performers and the lead cast of seven, Pinocchio boasts a total of 57 cast members in this spectacle of a production.

As James and his team looked over the script, they knew they had to bring a circus into town!

Pinocchio is on at Attenborough Centre For The Creative Arts from December 20th until January 6th 2018, bookings online at or call 01273 678822.

Tickets start from £10 (no booking fees). All seats have an unrestricted view of the stage with the option to choose your seats when booking. It’s a 10-minute drive from Brighton (off A27) with parking free evenings and weekends. It’s a five minute walk from Falmer train station and the 25 bus service stops directly outside the venue.

Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex, Gardner Centre Road, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RA


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