Scottish Ballet’s enchanted favourite, Cinders returns to Newcastle Theatre Royal 7 – 10 February 2024 with a new name, glittering new designs, and a charming twist to the tale…
There is a clear focus within theatre currently, whereby breaking with tradition is fast becoming a tradition within itself. From Matthew Bourne’s all-male casting of Swan Lake to Sarah Snook taking a female lead in the upcoming West End production of The Picture of Dorian Gray, the gender-blind casting of lead roles is becoming increasingly frequent.
In a world-first, Scottish Ballet’s playful new production of Cinders has a surprise in store for audiences. In some performances, Cinders will be a woman swept off her feet by her Prince. Yet sometimes, Cinders will be a man, swept off his feet by his Princess. Audiences won’t know which version they will experience until the curtain rises, and the performance begins.
In fact, for many, the change of lead will be so subtle that it will be barely recognisable. In some small sections, choreography will differ, and audiences might notice some interesting nuances in movements and their delivery. But the freshness and difference is something dancer Bruno Michiardi looks forward to exploring more.
There will be no changes to the sensational costumes featured in the production. The same sparkle and glamour will feature in every show. Alongside a brand-new art-nouveau-inspired set with exquisite details, designed by Elin Steele.
The dancers will be accompanied by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra. They will be playing Prokofiev’s irresistibly rich score described by Christopher Hampson, Scottish Ballet’s Artistic Director and CEO, as “a love story, yet full of wit and humour” during each performance.
Scottish Ballet at Newcastle Theatre Royal – Bold, Adventurous and Strong
Scottish Ballet presents bold, adventurous performances rooted in strong classical technique. The company’s broad repertoire includes new versions of the classics and ground-breaking commissions, both on stage and screen.
For Guest Principal Dancer Jessica Fyfe, working on this production of Cinders has been very exhilarating.
“This new fluidity to the leading roles means exploring ways in which the character Cinders, traditionally the ‘poor’ Cinderella, can become a person of grit, determination and strength.”
Set at the turn of the 20 century in Cinders’ family-run emporium, life is sweet until tragedy strikes, leaving Cinders an orphan. Enter the new proprietor, Mrs Thorne, an intimidating mother of three ghastly children. Treating Cinders with contempt, they turn the store into a garish version of its former self.
When the Royal Ball is comes out, the Thorne family begins preparations leading to hilarity, excitement, and chaos. Taking refuge in a rose garden, Cinders magically turns into a vision of sophistication and beauty. Worthy of charming everyone at the ball. As the story of Cinders and the Thornes unfolds, who will get their fairytale ending?
“We all know and love the classic story of Cinderella. But this new version means we’re suddenly working in this amazing upside-down realm,” says Principal Dancer Bruno Michiardi,
“Cinders promises to be everything audiences adore about the enchanted fairytale – made sparkling, fresh and new”.
Scottish Ballet Cinders plays Newcastle Theatre Royal Wed 7 – 10 February 2024. Tickets are available here or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 0191 232 7010.
The matinee performance on Saturday 10 February will have a pre-show touch tour and be audio-described with live commentary provided via a headset for visually impaired patrons.