After a period of enforced closure due to Covid self-isolation rules, the world premiere of @ALWCinderella will now be on 25 Aug. The new musical resumes performances at Gillian Lynne Theatre on 18 Aug #theatrenews #TP
The Really Useful Group has announced, after a period of enforced closure, the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella will be on 25 August 2021. With music by Lloyd Webber, written by Academy Award-winning Emerald Fennell (Best Original Screenplay Oscar in April 2021) and with lyrics from David Zippel, the brand new musical will resume performances at the Gillian Lynne Theatre on 18 August. Previews initially began on 25 June 2021, before another period of closure due to Covid-19 isolation protocols.
The production has also released exclusive footage in performance. Carrie Hope Fletcher leads the new production as title character Cinderella, with Ivano Turco as Prince Sebastian and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt playing The Stepmother. Rebecca Trehearn is The Queen, Georgina Castle and Laura Baldwin, as Cinderella’s stepsisters Marie and Adele, Gloria Onitiri plays The Godmother and Caleb Roberts is Prince Charming.
The production is a complete reinvention of the classic fairytale, written by and based on an original idea from Fennell, the Oscar-winning writer of the recently released, critically acclaimed film Promising Young Woman, and scriptwriter/executive producer of the of international smash hit Killing Eve.
Cinderella has a new score from Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Zippel, a multi-award winner for Broadway productions including City of Angels, The Goodbye Girl, The Woman in White and Liza at the Palace, as well as for work on film including Disney’s Hercules and Mulan, both of which received Oscar nominations.
The full company also includes Michael Afemaré, Lydia Bannister, Michelle Bishop, William Bozier, Lauren Byrne, Sophie Camble, Tobias Charles, Vinny Coyle, Nicole Deon, Jonathan David Dudley, Dominic Adam Griffin, Michael Hamway, James Lee Harris, Leah Harris, Kate Ivory Jordan, Kelsie-Rae Marshall, Georgina Onuorah (who will play the role of Cinderella at certain performances), Andy Rees, Alexandra Waite Roberts, Sam Robinson, Giovanni Spano, Lauren Stroud, Georgia Tapp and Matthieu Vinetot.
The production reunites legendary composer Lloyd Webber with director Laurence Connor and choreographer JoAnn M Hunter, who previously worked on the Olivier Award-winning international hit School of Rock and the recent, sold-out production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium, which has returned to the venue this summer.
The creative team also includes designer Gabriela Tylesova, sound designer Gareth Owen, lighting designer Bruno Poet and co-musical supervisor John Rigby.