The much-anticipated World Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella begins performances at the Gillian Lynne Theatre on 25 June, a new romantic musical comedy featuring an original story and book by 2021 OSCAR winner Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman) and lyrics by Tony & Olivier award winner David Zippel (City of Angels). Laurence Connor (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, School of Rock) directs with choreography by Joanne Hunter.
Welcome to Belleville! The most aggressively picturesque town in the history of the world, populated exclusively with gorgeous townsfolk who stop at nothing to achieve perfection. Belleville is fairy tale come to life: a place where you can’t move without falling over a wishing well or a quivering milkmaid. Maintaining this façade is a full time job, and one that is taken very seriously indeed.
The only person steadfastly refusing to live in the fairy tale is Cinderella, loud-mouthed, dripping with disdain, and more likely to roast Hansel and Gretel for dinner than play the demure and downtrodden maid, Cinderella is desperate to escape. But underneath it all, the loneliness that comes with being the town pariah is wearing on her.
It doesn’t help that her only friend, Prince Sebastian, has suddenly become the heir to the throne after the mysterious disappearance of his elder brother: sex god and charisma machine, Prince Charming. Suddenly thrust into the spotlight, the formerly shy and somewhat-less-sex-goddish Sebastian seems to be quickly growing into his brother’s enormous britches, and out of his friendship with Cinderella. But this change of circumstances also introduces something else to the relationship, a new spark which neither of them quite know what to do with. Could it be that these two old friends mean more to one another than they are willing to let on?
After a devastating PR disaster for Belleville, and with the threat of the guillotine glinting on the horizon, the Queen decides that the only thing to save the town (and her pretty neck) is a Royal Wedding: something colourful and distracting so the peasants don’t get too revolution-y.
All looks lost for the blossoming romance, until Cinderella meets The Godmother, who can fix any problem with a little incision and a couple of broken ribs. Maybe the answer lies where Cinderella has been refusing to look: in becoming the identikit beauty that everyone has always told her to be.
OPENING Summer 2021
VENUE Gillian Lynne Theatre, 166 Drury Lane, Holborn, London WC2B 5PW
TICKETS From £19.50 – No fees
All ticket prices include a £1.70 restoration levy
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RUNNING TIME TBC
GIFT VOUCHERS Now available
AGE RECOMMENDATION 6+
We aren’t able to admit any children under the age of 3 and every customer must have their own ticket. To help us make sure everyone enjoys the show, your little ones need to be able to sit in their own seat without any assistance.
Producers cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist. This schedule is subject to change and may be affected by contracts, holidays, illness or events beyond the producers’ control. Due to the nature of the production, some scenes may not be entirely visible at certain times during the performance.
Andrew Lloyd Webber & Emerald Fennell introduce Cinderella
Andrew Lloyd Webber (Music) and 2021 Oscar winner Emerald Fennell (Original Book & Story) introduce their brand new musical… ‘It’s true to the fairytale, but it’s got really humour, real warmth and an edge!’ – Andrew Lloyd Webber
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