A new version of CinderElla, for ages 5+, premieres at The Bread & Roses Theatre in Clapham this August!


The traditional version of Cinderella never quite sat right with me. Why does marrying a Prince who cannot even remember her face (which, in the first place, he only took notice of after lots of magic had been applied to it) represent a happy end? Why is Cinderella so helpless and passive? Why are her stepmother and stepsisters nothing but ugly and evil? So, I thought: What if they got to be more than that? And what if Cinderella wanted to achieve more in life than get married, just because that is what tradition tells her to do?

So, I went ahead and reinvented her story for contemporary audiences in CinderElla - And Her Smelly Old Slipper!

Ella is devastated when shortly after her mother’s death her Papa remarries and before long passes away himself. She doesn't get along at all with her Step-Mama and stepsister Elizabeth-Victoria (Evi). With only her Fairy to confide in, Ella dreams of flying far, far away. When one day the average looking, twice divorced Prince Prince announces a ball to find his third wife, things get really out of a hand!

Come and (re-)discover Cinderella’s story as you have never seen it before, in a fun, exciting and modern retelling of the classic fairytale in which a girl's ultimate dream doesn't necessarily need to be to marry some Prince!

© Tessa Hart  2015

CinderElla – And Her Smelly Old Slipper

Written by Tessa Hart. Directed by Su Gilroy. Starring Janette Froud, Andrew Candish, Rebecca Pryle, Lydia Lane & Tessa Hart. With Set & Costume by Alisa James and Sound & Light by Gregory Jordan.

  • Monday 24th August 2015 - 2.30pm & 4.30pm
  • Sunday 30th August 2015 - 12.30pm & 2.30pm
  • Monday 31st August 2015 - 2.30pm & 4.30pm

at The Bread & Roses Theatre, 68 Clapham Manor Street, SW4 6DZ Clapham, London

Tickets £8 | Concessions £6 | 10% Discount for Group Bookings of 6 people or more

More Information: www.goblinbaby.com/cinderella | Online Booking: www.breadandrosestheatre.co.uk/cinderella | Telephone Booking: 0333 666 3366 (No online booking fees, but please note that fees apply for telephone bookings)

Recommended for ages 5+ | Running time approximately 45 minutes

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