Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Blackpool Tower Circus Pantomime Review - Pinocchio

Last weekend we were invited along to visit Blackpool Tower Circus and review their 2019 pantomime production of Pinocchio. My family and I are regular visitors to pantomimes throughout the North West and often review quite a few during the year, but this one was of particular interest to me for a couple of reasons, so we happily accepted the invitation.

Firstly, we have never seen a pantomime version of Pinocchio before and secondly I was very intrigued as to how a circus could combine with a festive show and make it enjoyable. I therefore told the children that we were off to watch a pantomime with a difference and we excitedly made our way to Blackpool.

There was plenty of parking nearby and the Blackpool Tower Circus is very easy to find. We had tickets booked for the 1pm show, so I collected these from the ticket desk approximately 20 minutes before the show was due to start. I was surprised to see that seats were not allocated, so as we made our way to the circus entrance, I was a little worried in case there were not five seats together. I needn't have worried however as there was plenty of seating and we had no problem whatsoever in finding somewhere with a good view.

The seats were comfortable and well raised, so even if a really tall person was to sit in front of you, then you would still be able to see all of the show very clearly. The circus cast were already in the ring when we arrived offering face painting or the chance to buy some plate spinners and flashing lights. We were told by the ringmaster that the show would start promptly so if you missed your chance to purchase goods before the show, then there would be a second chance during the interval.

The running time of the show is 2 hours with an interval, so we got comfy with our drinks and snacks and waited for the show to begin. We had no idea what to expect, so my husband and I were just as excited as the kids to see how the story would be interpreted and performed.


The show was a quite a loose retelling of the story, but featured all the main characteristics with an added modern twist. All the pantomime elements that you would expect featured throughout, whilst being cleverly combined with outstanding circus skills. From the very beginning we were fascinated and I loved watching Riley's reaction to some of the acts as they took to the ring.

The performers are all extremely talented and the show features the fabulous clowns Mooky and Mr Boo who did not disappoint. In the first half alone, we were treated to jaw dropping stunts, comedy antics, incredible fast paced dance routines and a stunning and innovative water scene that was simply spectacular.

Riley was mesmerised as we watched Pinocchio's adventures and he laughed continuously throughout the show. Mooky the Clown was marvellous as the little wooden puppet and we felt that the whole production was really clever.


During the interval we purchased some ice cream which was £3 per tub and waited patiently for the show to recommence. The second half brought even more acts of strength, skill and stamina, whilst Riley repeatedly kept saying WOW each time someone performed.

Our highlight though was the 12 Days of Christmas act, which is one of our favourite parts of any pantomime. We always love seeing which props are involved and this rendition was no exception. It was hilarious from start to finish and Riley screamed with excitement when he saw all the water guns!

Overall we absolutely loved Blackpool Tower Circus' version of Pinocchio. It was entertaining from start to finish and also had quite a few heart in mouth moments, when the performers were completing incredible acts high up in the air. We loved how different it was to other pantomimes we have visited and my children thought it was fantastic. There was a great range of variety during the show with some mesmerising performances, which provided a really enjoyable experience. I would happily recommend the Blackpool Tower Circus Pantomime to others and I have no doubt that we will definitely visit again in the future.

Listing Details

Show - Pinocchio
Address - Blackpool Tower, The Promenade, Blackpool, FY1 4BJ
Dates - Pinocchio is being performed on various dates up until the 19th January 2020. You can find out more about dates and show times here.
Website - https://www.theblackpooltower.com/attractions/blackpool-tower-circus/
Tickets - Ticket prices vary depending on age and seating preference, but you can find a full list of ticket prices here.


*Disclaimer - We were provided with complimentary press tickets for the purpose of writing an honest review of the show. Opinions are my own unless otherwise stated. Details provided are believed to be correct at the time of writing, but are subject to change. I would therefore always recommend visiting the attractions own website in order to obtain the most up to date information.

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