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Preview: Pinocchio at ARC Stockton


This half-term, visit the incredible world of Stuff and Nonsense, at ARC Stockton Arts Centre!



ARC Stockton

Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 October 2022


A charming performance for ages 3+ by a leading family theatre company.

Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company bring their newest family-friendly show, Pinocchio, to ARC Stockton from Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 October. Following sell-out shows The Gingerbread Man, The Elves and the Shoemaker, and Goldilocks & The 3 Bears, this unswervingly energetic and humorous company returns with their latest incredible production.

In this adaptation of Pinocchio expect the classic elements of the story – a poor woodcarver, the tell-tale growing nose, the dream of becoming a real boy – combined with Stuff and Nonsense’s hallmark hilarity, skilled puppetry, original music, fantastic staging, outstanding performers and extraordinary physical tricks.

Three very funny men seek refuge in a grand but abandoned old house, where they gather around an extraordinary dining table that becomes their playground. Grandfather, Father and Son tell tales of growing up; one of them is Pinocchio and it turns out he’s had quite a life!

Photo: Mark Morreau

Stuff and Nonsense is a spirited production company making inspiring theatre for bold adventurers. Led by Artistic Director Niki McCretton, the company works with children, families, artists and theatres across the globe to make memorable and rewarding shows. Founded in 2001, Stuff and Nonsense has created eleven original artist-led productions, primarily contemporary and highly marketable adaptations of well-known tales. Since 2010 the company has delivered around 2300 performances to over 325,000 people. In April 2018 Stuff and Nonsense become an @HOME artist at The Point, Eastleigh. 

“Take a child (by which I mean, anyone from 3 to 103) to a show by Stuff and Nonsense.  Watch how, within a minute or two their smile begins to widen, their mind starts to expand - then notice their expressions of delight and wonder... Stuff and Nonsense make the world a better place.”

Chris Chibnall, Executive Producer, Doctor Who and TV Writer (Broadchurch, Doctor Who, Torchwood)

Pinocchio is a co-production with Theatre Royal Plymouth, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with additional support from Lighthouse, Poole, The Point, Eastleigh and The Lyric, Bridport.



Pinocchio comes to ARC Stockton on Thursday 27 October at 2.30pm, Friday 28 October at 11.30am & 2.30pm, and Saturday 29 October at 11.30am & 2.30pm. The performance on Saturday 29 October at 2.30pm will be relaxed and BSL interpreted. Tickets, priced at £10.50 each (inc. booking fee), can be booked at or by calling ARC on 01642 525199. 

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