Matthew Bourne's Cinderella Ballet 2017
Opened 9 December 2017, Closed 27 January 2018 at the Sadler's Wells Theatre
Matthew Bourne's New Adventures present a major 20th Anniversary revival of the dance show Cinderella in London for a strictly limited seven week season
Matthew Bourne's acclaimed dance production sets the classic love story in London during the Second World War. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz. Featuring Prokofiev's magnificent score along with the sights and sounds of war-torn London.
This production will be performed in surround sound and will feature a specially commissioned recording played by a 60 piece orchestra. PLEASE NOTE that children under 5 will not be admitted. This production contains smoke and haze and possible strobe lighting.
Choreographed and directed by Matthew Bourne, with designs by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Neil Austin and sound by Paul Groothuis.
This Adventures in Motion Pictures production was originally seen at London's Piccadilly Theatre (previewed from 22 September 1997, opened on 7 October 1997 and closed on 10 January 1998) with a cast that featured Adam Cooper, Sarah Wildor and Lynn Seymour and Lez Brotherston won the Olivier Award for 'Outstanding Achievement in Dance' for his set designs and costumes. It was then revived at the Sadler's Wells Theatre, in a revised version, to mark the 70th Anniversary of the London Blitz (previewed from 30 November 2010, opened on 8 December 2010 and closed on 23 January 2011).
Matthew Bourne's most recent new work - The Red Shoes - was presented at the Sadler's Wells Theatre in December 2016. He is probably best known for his award-winning modern interpretation of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet Swan Lake which was notable for featuring a full corp de ballet of male swans. First seen here at Sadler's Wells Theatre in 1995, before transferring to the West End and running for just under five months - becoming the longest running full-length ballet to ever be staged in London's West End. His other full length ballets include The Car Man (from Bizet's popular opera Carmen); adaptations of Tim Burton's motion picture Edward Scissorhands; Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray; Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty.
"The prince is a pilot, wounded on leave and reunited with the bespectacled pushed-about young girl in a severely dysfunctional family. The bombs fall, the sirens scream, the jive and jitterbug rule. Miraculously, after a slow start, choreographer Matthew Bourne and his Adventures in Motion Pictures Company redefine the eeriness and fantasy of music and story in completely new terms... The dancing of the ensemble is witty in high heels and shoes. Prince and Cinders let rip in tender emotion. Not as ground-breaking as his Swan Lake, Bourne's Cinderella is still a deeply affecting homage to both composer and English wartime. It deserves to be a popular success." The Daily Mail 1997
"If Matthew Bourne is aware of the risks, he brushes them off. The story is sentimental but not grossly so... Bourne has made a wartime story accessible to a post-war generation. He deepens the narrative with a contagion of psychological motive and deconstructs the difficult Prokofiev score by fastidiously customising steps for characters in solos, duets and groups. These are the things he does best. Cinderella has complexity, subtlety and surprises and is a worthy sequel to Swan Lake." The London Evening Standard 1997
"All those who believe the ballet is a hard-to-fathom, boring art form should take their partners and pas de deux down to London's Piccadilly Theatre to see Matthew Bourne's dynamic Cinderella. Bourne has taken Prokofiev's 1945 score and totally reworked the story, setting it during the Blitz and introducing breathtaking choreography, often danced barefoot containing traces of jitterbug and the best of Astaire and Rogers. All this, plus Lez Brotherston's brilliant wartime sets and the sounds of low-flying aircraft, air raid sirens and exploding bombs make it the most thrilling stage experience in town. Give yourself an early Christmas present of a real eye-opener." The News of the World 1997
Matthew Bourne's Cinderella in London at Sadler's Wells Theatre opened on 9 December 2017 and closes on 27 January 2018
Cinderella the Pantomime at the London Palladium 2016
Previewed 9 December 2016, Opened 14 December 2016, Closed 15 January 2017 at the London Palladium
The traditional family pantomine in London for a special Christmas season.
Pantomime returns to the world famous London Palladium for the first time in nearly 30 years! Starring Paul O'Grady as 'The Wicked Stepmother', Julian Clary as 'Dandini', Amanda Holden as 'The Fairy Godmother', Natasha J Barnes as 'Cinderella', Lee Mead and Nigel Havers along with Suzie Chard and Wendy Somerville as 'The Wicked Stepsisters.' Please note casting subject to change without notice. Directed by Michael Harrison with choreography by Andrew Wright.
When this production opened in December 2016, Dominic Maxwell in the Times said that while, "there are faults with this disarmingly excessive production, but doing things by halves is not one of them.... this rampantly entertaining hoo-ha... It's naff, it's overblown, and I had a ball." Rod McPhee in the The Daily Mirror hailed it as being "a turbo-charged panto of epic proportions - oh yes it is!" Dominic Cavendish in the Daily Telegraph thought that, "even though he puts on a very eye-pleasing spectacle, I'm faintly incredulous at how much director Michael Harrison has allowed the spectre of smutty innuendo to attend this supposed feast of family entertainment." Michael Billington in the Guardian commented that "pantomime pitches camp at the London Palladium for the first time since 1987. You might say it overpitches it since this is, without doubt, the filthiest panto Iíve ever seen. Itís less a show for all the family than for highly sophisticated grownups... To be fair, Michael Harrisonís production is eye-poppingly spectacular." Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail described how "the London Palladiumís Cinderella is a collectorís item: a judicious cocktail of spangled filth, fairytale innocence and celebrity horseplay. It even has some original songs." Fiona Mountford in the London Evening Standard concluded that, "what Michael Harrisonís colourful production essentially boils down to is a lengthy innuendo-off between Paul OíGrady as the wicked stepmother and Julian Clary as a Dandini who entirely overwhelms Lee Meadís Prince Charming. Itís intermittently entertaining but wildly over-extended."
Paul O'Grady London theatre credits include the pantomimes Aladdin at the O2 Theatre during Christmas 2012, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Victoria Palace Theatre during Christmas 2004, and the musical Annie at the Victoria Palace Theatre during Christmas 1998. Natasha J Barnes' credits include understudying and playing the role of 'Fanny Brice' in the musical Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre in 2016. Amanda Holden's credits include originating the role of 'Princess Fiona' in the West End premiere of the musical Shrek at the Theatre Royal Dryr Lane in 2011 and the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2003. Lee Mead's West End theatre credits include roles in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre. He was also the original 'Joseph' in the 2007 revival of the musical Joseph and the Amazing Techicolor Dreamcoat at the Adelphi Theatre. Nigel Havers' London stage credits include Lucy Bailey's revival of Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest at the Harold Pinter Theatre in 2014 and Robin Lefevre's production of Ronald Harwood's English adaptation of Francis Veber's farce See You Next Tuesday at the Noel Coward Theatre in 2003.
Pantomime Cinderella in London at the Palladium previewed from 9 December 2016, opened on 14 December 2016 and closed on 15 January 2017.
Cinderella the Pantomime at the Old Vic Theatre 2007
Previewed 4 December 2007, Opened 13 December 2007, Closed 20 January 2008 at the Old Vic Theatre in London
A traditional family pantomime - written by Stephen Fry - in London starring Pauline Collins and Sandi Toksvig.
A tale of passion, jealousy, cross-dressing, injustice, chocolate, madness, cruelty, ice cream, hatred, revenge, jelly, unrequited love, envy, tarts, forgiveness, music, laughter, hope, redemption and most important of all, love - the truest, purest true love that ever was. And cake. So much cake you won't believe.
The cast for Cinderella in London at The Old Vic Theatre features Pauline Collins as 'The Fairy Godmother' and Sandi Toksvig as 'The Storyteller' along with Paul Keating as 'Buttons', Hal Fowler and Mark Lockyer as 'The Ugly Sisters', Debbie Chazen as 'The Wicked Stepmother', Oliver Chopping as 'Dandini', Matthew White as 'The King', Joseph Millson as 'Prince Charming' and Madeleine Worrall as 'Cinderella' along with Gareth Charlton, Daniella Gibb, Simon Harvey, Louisa Maxwell, Bonnie Parker, Sherrie Pennington, Daniel Robinson, Jo Servi, Simon Shorten and Claire Winsper. It is directed by Fiona Laird with choreography by Francesca Jaynes, designs by Stephen Brimson Lewis, lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound by Nick Lidster and Terry Jardine. Written by Stephen Fry with music by Anne Dudley, a founding member of the pioneering electronica group, Art of Noise, she has composed and produced soundtracks for dozens of award-winning films and tv shows, including The Full Monty (for which she won an Oscar), Bright Young Things and Jeeves and Wooster. This Old Vic panto follows its hit production of the pantomime Aladdin starring Sir Ian McKellen as 'Widow Twankey' which took London by storm for two Christmas seasons in 2004 and 2005. This production was due to open on Sunday 9 December but unfortunately Sandi Toksvig came down with bronchitis during the previews so the 'First Night' was postponed at the last minute to Thursday 13 December.
"Stephen Fry's version of Cinderella is, perhaps, not surprisingly, as camp as a row of tents. Replete with wittier ditties than most pantomimes and festooned with topical references to popular culture, Fry's festive confection skirmishes with satire while retaining the dog-eared spirit of the form... Sandi Toksvig in a moustache and dressed like Beachcomber does a good job of holding the disparate elements together, doubling as the narrator and the Lord Chamberlain... But there are far too many tiresome theatrical in-jokes about the National Theatre, Ian McKellen, subsidies and budgetary constraints and I got the impression Fry wasn't so much creating a script as phoning in additional material and gags... It's a raucous night out. But if you're looking for a subtle variant on the dog-eared, end-ofthe-pier, music-hall form, you will have to search elsewhere." The Daily Express
"Ever since 'Serena' McKellen showed us his Twankey, actors and writers from the so-called 'straight' theatre have been desperate to reveal their inner dame and do panto. Oh yes they have. The latest is Stephen Fry, determined to go to the ball with Cinderella at the Old Vic, not there in person alas, but making his presence felt in every clever-clogs, witty, baroque, smutty sentence. Among the starry cast welcoming all to a super-camp Pantonia, are two former Royal Shakespeare Company lovelies, Joseph Millson as a charming Prince Charming and Mark Lockyer as an awesomely hirsute ugly sister, Dolce, in sharp contrast to his hairlessly hideous sis, Gabbana (Hal Fowler). But it is Sandi Toksvig who holds together this tale of 'cross-dressing, passion, jealousy, injustice, chocolate, toasted snacks and love' as she sits in an armchair dangling from on high, dressed in a smoking jacket and sporting a manly moustache. Coming from the divine, frequently inspired ad-libber Sandi, even the mostdisgusting double-entendres sound almost wholesome... Fry's concoction isn't trad panto, it's more of a gay musical, with glitzy glittering designs and some jolly good acting. While Fry occasionally buys into the panto genre, he mostly sends it up: there's a very funny scene when the Prince stands in the shower dreaming of his longed-for love, only for those qualities to be queerly echoed by Dandini, who 'patrols the royal heath'. Pauline Collins is a particular joy as the bespectacled straight-talking cockney Fairy Godmother who tells Cinders she's colourless and insipid. Actually, Madeleine Worrall's husky Cinders is a hoot; a splendid scrubber wondering if there is more to life than pricking sausages. Great fun." The Mail on Sunday
"If you are a gay godfather, then Stephen Fry's Cinderella at the Old Vic Theatre is the pantomime you've been dreaming of... Overall, the script is too clever-clever and knowing; trying to deconstruct the pantomime genre while doing one doesn't really work... In its defence, the staging is inventive, the sets are gorgeous, the palace shimmers with diamante and the ugly sisters, Dolce and Gabbana, were hilarious (if very rude). There wasn't enough classic pantomime fare, of the 'Oh no he didn't' variety... But it was jolly enough - though definitely more Soho than Surrey. Unless she's jolly groovy, don't take granny!" The Sunday Times
Pantomime Cinderella in London at the Old Vic Theatre previewed from 4 December 2007, opened on 13 December 2007 and closed on 20 January 2008.