Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella is to have its World premiere at the Gillian Lynne Theatre, London with performances starting now in April 2021.
Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella is a complete reinvention of the beloved fairytale based on an original idea by Emerald Fennell, the Emmy Award-nominated lead scriptwriter of the second season of Killing Eve and a brand new score from the Lord himself. Cinderella tickets are now on sale.
The show’s lyrics are from David Zippel, a multi-award winner for Broadway productions including City of Angels, The Goodbye Girl, The Woman in White and Liza at the Palace, as well as for work on film including Disney’s Hercules and Mulan, both of which received Oscar nominations.
Cinderella the musical will be directed by Laurence Connor, with choreography from JoAnn Hunter, who previously partnered on School of Rock and the recent, sold-out production of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The London Palladium.
Originally scheduled to open in September this year, the World Premiere has been rescheduled to April 2021. Lloyd Webber said “Whilst I continue to impress on the government that theatres can reopen safely based on The London Palladium model, it has become clear that we need to move the opening of Cinderella to next Spring. My teams have been working throughout lockdown to prepare the show and are raring to go, but there are key elements, not least casting and the building of sets and costumes, that take months of forward planning and can only start as we get further down the road to normal. So the show will absolutely go on, just a little later than I’d hoped.” Ticket holders will be contacted individually to rearrange their plans.
Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “I have long wanted to write my own version of Cinderella but could never find a take on the classic story that really grabbed me. Emerald Fennell has written something truly exciting and original, and the moment I read her outline I knew I’d found my latest collaborator. I’m very pleased to be working with David Zippel, a hugely witty lyricist, once again.
I’m also excited to be reunited with Laurence and JoAnn, who I loved creating School of Rock with and who delivered a knock out Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat last Summer at The London Palladium, where it rightfully returns in Summer 2021.”
Casting and further creative appointments for Cinderella will be made at a later date.