Book, music & lyrics by David Wood.
Commissioned by the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, CINDERELLA played two record-breaking seasons there in 1979 and 1984.
Other repertory productions include Manchester Library Theatre Company, Duke’s Playhouse, Lancaster, Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and Palace Theatre, Westcliff-on-Sea.
It has also become popular with amateur companies. David Wood’s CINDERELLA follows the story closely, though the characters differ from many versions.
Cinderella is much more sparky than the usual down-trodden waif; the prince is glum and gawky until he meets Cinderella, who, not knowing who he is, tries to teach him the latest dance craze. The Fairy Godmother is a practical, down-to-earth woman with magic powers, and Cinderella’s best friends are two mice, who are eventually turned into the horses pulling Cinderella’s coach to the Ball.
The original production used fourteen actors plus two stage managers as extras, and a chorus of children. Some actors doubled. A large cast is possible.
“David Wood has done it again, tackling that most traditional of Christmas show subjects and perfectly updating it to modern children’s tastes… It’s fantabulous”
“A couple of hours of sheer delight”
“A spectacular masterpiece”
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