Curtain up on scheme to encourage young audiences

Published: 8 December 2019
Reporter: David Upton

Joseph Houston and William Whelton at Hope Mill Theatre Credit: Phil Tragen Photography

Tickets on sale for the UK theatrical première of the Broadway version of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester in spring 2020 come coupled with a new First Curtain scheme.

It will run from Saturday May 9 to June 6 and then at Clonter Opera Theatre, Cheshire from June 9–14.

First Curtain allows customers to purchase an additional ticket with extra tickets helping to fund a first trip to the theatre for local young people. Hope Mill will be working with local primary schools and community groups to help welcome children of all ages to the show.

Joseph Houston, Artistic Director, said, “we are passionate about making theatre accessible and instilling at a young age the magic, escapism and education which live theatre can offer—as well as nurturing theatregoers of the future."

Cinderella will be the first show staged at Hope Mill Theatre to have allocated seating, meaning early booking is advised.