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Cinderella finally goes to the ball

Cinderella will finally go to the ball when Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester stages the UK theatrical premiere of the Broadway musical version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. The production was intended to be a highlight of the 2020 season but was postponed when the Covid lockdown struck.

The show will now be seen at the Manchester theatre from November 1-December 11.

Leading the creative team will be venue founders, Joseph Houston and William Whelton, with Houston directing and Whelton co-directing and choreographing.

Cinderella is the only musical written for TV by legendary duo Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, and was originally broadcast live in 1957, starring Julie Andrews. The broadcast was watched by more than 100 million people. The musical was again remade for TV, in 1965 and 1997.

A new Broadway version premiered in 2013 featuring several new characters and songs, and this will be the UK's first fully-staged version of the show.

The smart and beautiful young Ella lives in the care of her wicked, self-absorbed stepmother, Madame, and her two stepsisters, Charlotte and Gabrielle. In another part of the kingdom, Prince Topher is trying to find his place in the world. When his scheming advisor suggests throwing a ball so the Prince can meet potential brides, Ella and Topher meet...

Joseph Houston said: “It was devastating having to cancel our production in 2020, due to Covid. The incredible creative team we assembled, worked so hard to create a stunning and truly exciting new version of this beloved musical, from wonderful new orchestrations to beautiful set design. We are thrilled we are finally able to bring the show to life at Hope Mill this year.”

More information and tickets here


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