Rodger & Hammerstein's Cinderella was originally written in 1957 to showcase leading lady, Julie Andrews. 60 Years later it is still a much-loved musical, bringing the joy and magic of a princess fairy tale together with the world of musicals. The original televised production was watched live by one hundred million people. Cinderella will be performed at Nuffield Southampton Theatres' NST Campus from the 16th till the 20th of January, presented by the Southampton Operatic Society.
The show stays true to Charles Perrault's classic tale. As the King and Queen are preparing for a big ball for their son, the Prince, Cinderella is busy taking care of her stepsisters' whims and demands. Cinderella's stepsisters attend the ball, but Cinderella is left and home to dream. But when her fairy godmother arrives, she is given the opportunity to join in the fun as long as she's gone before the clock strikes midnight.
The show features beautiful songs, that many may find familiar even if they haven't seen the show before, as well as a strong ensemble cast. There's a bit of comedy, a lot of song, and of course a little bit of magic to make sure that Cinderella's transformation is as spectacular as ever.
Cinderella joins the Nuffield Southampton Theatres festive season line up and promises to be a popular choice for families. Director Victoria Luke is very clear to point out that while Cinderella is a family show, it's definitely not a pantomime. The show is made by the songs and ensemble cast rather than the laugh-out-loud gags. If you're after a change from the Christmas pantomime this might be the show to break tradition in style.
Tickets are available from the NST website. Ticket prices range from £10 to £17 depending on your seats. For a special addition you can book a place to meet Cinderella and the Prince off stage and have your child's photo taken with them. It's free, but there are limited spots. To book your child in, call the box office on 023 8067 1771.