Is there a doctor in the house for the boy with the big nose?

Two classic children’s stories featuring a wooden toy who dreams of becoming a boy and a dragon who doubles as an air ambulance are set to delight little ones at Hull Theatres.

Aerys Merrill, Harris Beattie and Bruno Serraclara in Pinocchio. Photo: Drew Forsyth

Northern Ballet’s Pinocchio follows the story of a hard-working and lonely carpenter who wishes for their puppet to come to life on 18 April 2022 at Hull New Theatre.

By the magic of a wishing well their dream comes true. Pinocchio is playful and mischievous and must prove himself worthy of becoming a real boy. Join Pinocchio on his adventure as he discovers that where there is love and honesty, there is always magic.

This original retelling of the classic children’s story is the perfect opportunity for children to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre.

The action then takes to the air and flies across the city when Zog and The Flying Doctors land at Hull City Hall for a brand new adventure from 22-23 June 2022.

Based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, this family-friendly production sees the keen young dragon use his flying skills as an air ambulance – albeit with a crash-bang-thump.

Together with his Flying Doctor crew, Princess Pearl and Sir Gadabout, they tend to a sunburnt mermaid, a unicorn with one too many horns and a lion with the flu. However, Pearl’s uncle, the King, has other ideas about whether princesses should be doctors, and she’s soon locked up in the castle back in a crown and a silly frilly dress.

With a bit of help from some friends and half a pound of cheese, can Pearl make her uncle better and prove princesses can be doctors too?

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