Bourne's Cinderella Dances Into Lowry and Empire, 23 Nov & 26 Apr
Date: 14 October 2010
Following recent success with Dorian Gray and the iconic Swan Lake, Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, returns with a typically unique interpretation of the best loved fairy tale of all, Cinderella.
Set in London during the Second World War, Bourne's interpretation of Prokofiev's haunting score has, at its heart, a true wartime romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz.
First seen in the West End in 1997, but now completely revised in this brand new production created to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the London Blitz. It features design by Lez Brotherston who won an Olivier award for his original designs, and new lighting designs by Neil Austin. The production will also feature sensational sound design by Paul Groothius which will take the audience into the heart of Prokofievs magnificent score and the sound world of war-torn London.
Cinderella is both a tribute and a testament to the spirit of London during a time when every second counted and lives were changed forever. Bourne's vivid storytelling has never been more heart-stopping and touching, creating a unique and unforgettable depiction of a familiar and beloved fable.
Matthew Bourne's Cinderella runs at the Lowry from 23 - 27 November and at the Liverpool Empire from 26 - 30 April.
- by Glenn Meads
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