Cinders finally makes it to the Ball

Published: 11 March 2022
Reporter: David Upton

Cinderella headed to Manchester

Cinderella will finally go to the ball in Manchester, from November 1–December 11.

Hope Mill Theatre is to stage the UK theatrical première of the Broadway musical version of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella after its previously-postponed 2020 run.

Leading the creative team for this new production are venue founders Joseph Houston and William Whelton, with Houston directing and Whelton co-directing and choreographing.

Cinderella is the only musical written for the television by legendary duo Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Originally broadcast live in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, the broadcast was watched by more than 100 million people, before subsequently being remade for TV again in 1965 and 1997 (starring Whitney Houston and Brandy).

A new Broadway version with a Tony-nominated book by Douglas Carter Beane premièred in 2013 featuring several fresh characters and songs. This will be the first time a fully staged version of the show has been performed in the UK (following a 2019 one-night concert version in London).