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Cinderella will go to the ball - at last!

Grace Mouat - star of Hope Mill Theatre's long-awaited  CInderella. Pic: Michael Wharley
Grace Mouat - star of Hope Mill Theatre's long-awaited CInderella. Pic: Michael Wharley

SIX, & Juliet and Legally Blonde star Grace Mouat will play the lead role of Ella in Hope Mill Theatre Manchester's UK theatrical premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway musical version of Cinderella (November 1-December 11).

The show was originally scheduled for 2020, but postponed due to the pandemic. This will be the first time the show has been performed in the UK fully-staged, following its world premiere in this new Broadway version in 2013.

Leading the creative team will be venue founders Joseph Houston and William Whelton, with Houston directing and Whelton co-directing and choreographing. Further casting is still to be announced.

Grace Mouat said: “It has been a dream of mine to be part of a Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. Impossible things are happening every day. Pinch me!”

In this version, 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, Sebastian, suggests organising a ball so the Prince can meet potential brides, Ella and Topher’s different worlds come together.

Cinderella is the only musical written for television by the legendary composing duo, whose CV includes South Pacific, Carousel and The Sound of Music, among many others. Originally broadcast live in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, the broadcast was watched by more than 100 million people. It was remade for TV again in 1965 and in 1997 – most recently starring Whitney Houston.

Info and tickets here


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