Iris Theatre lines up Twelfth Night & Pinocchio for Covent Garden


Iris Theatre’s 2015 summer season in the heart of Covent Garden sees prommendade productions of the magical family show, Pinocchio, and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

The company’s seventh season in and around St Paul’s Church opens with Twelfth Night, playing from June 24-July 24.

Twelfth Night

In the fantastical Kingdom of Illyria, the peace of a grieving Countess and a heartsick Duke is disturbed by a pair of shipwrecked lovers, a lazy drunk, a vain pedant, a cowardly fool and a
cunning maid.

Tricks and subterfuge lead to unforeseen consequences; but then ‘the course of true love never did run smooth’, in the most loved of Shakespeare’s comic plays.

Iris Theatre’s classical play follows a long line of successful summer productions including Off West Award-nominated Richard III in 2014 and Julius Caesar in 2013.

A newly commissioned version of Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio by Daniel Winder and Candida Calidcott, follows, running from July 29-August 29.

Keen to prove he is as quick and clever as any real little boy, Pinocchio leaves his Pappa far behind. On his fantastical journey Pinocchio will meet a speaking cat, a dancing fox, a sneaky snake and a child who turns into a donkey.

But as he’s swallowed up whole by a ship-guzzling dogfish Pinocchio loses hope in ever becoming a real little boy…

Carlo Collodi’s fantastical version of 19th Century Tuscany is full to the brim with travelling carnivals, talking animals, fairies and foolish puppets.

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