Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella comes to Hope Mill Theatre this Spring with the fully staged UK premiere of this classic fairy-tale, brought to life in an enchanting musical by the duo behind Oklahoma, Carousel and South Pacific.
The smart and beautiful young Ella lives in the care of her wicked, self-absorbed stepmother Madame and Madame’s two daughters, Charlotte and Gabrielle. Ella’s only friends in the world are the animals in the woods, “Crazy Marie” and the revolutionary student Jean-Michel. Meanwhile in another part of the kingdom, Prince Topher is trying to find himself and learn his place in the kingdom. When his scheming advisor Sebastian suggests throwing a Ball so the Prince can meet potential brides, Ella and Topher’s different worlds come together.
Expect the unexpected in this clever retelling of the beloved fairy-tale.
Directed by Joseph Houston and choreographed by William Whelton, the production will have its UK theatrical premiere, which will open in Manchester in May 2020.
The musical will be the first time a fully-staged production of the 2013 Broadway version of the show has been performed in the UK, following a recent one-night staged concert at Cadogan Hall in London starring Christine Allado, Jac Yarrow, Dianne Pilkington, Mazz Murray, Jodie Jacobs, Dean John-Wilson, Jérôme Pradon and Zoe Rainey.
The production will mark the debut of A Factory of Creativity – the charity recently formed to take over the running of Hope Mill Theatre. The co-founders of the venue, Joseph Houston and William Whelton, will direct and choreograph the show respectively, with set and costume design by Elly Wdowski, orchestrations by Jason Carr, projection design by George Reeves, lighting design by Aaron Dootson and casting by Jane Deitch.
The Hope Mill Theatre will be holding open auditions in its search for the title role as part of its commitment to finding new and emerging talent across the regions, and will be sharing details soon of how to register interest in auditioning
Cinderella will run from 9 May to 6 June before moving to the Clonter Opera Theatre, Cheshire from 9 to 14 June. Tickets will go on sale soon.