Cinders reborn in the Blitz.
Matthew Bourne's Cinderella is staged at Liverpool Empire in April. His New Adventures company promises an enchanting new interpretation of the classic tale set in London 1940, in the blackout, with sirens wailing in the background. Instead of a prince Cinders meets a young RAF pilot and they fall in love before the Blitz forces them to part.
Set to the haunting music of Prokofiev, the show was first seen in the West End in 1997. Now revised, the new production marks the 70th anniversary of the London Blitz and features designs by Olivier award winner Lez Brotherston.
Bourne said: "I'm bringing Cinderella back into our repertory to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Blitz and also as a 50th birthday present to myself. My grandparents, mum and dad lived a couple of streets away from each other in the East End throughout the nightly onslaught of The Blitz. Cinderella is also my personal tribute to them". Cinderella, Liverpool Empire, April 26-30, 08448472525, liverpoolempire.org.uk
Matthew Bourne's Cinderella