Cinderella: A Fairytale [ARCHIVE]


    Olivier Award-NOMINATED Cinderella: a fairytale

    Cinderella: A Fairytale was originally created for the Factory Theatre where it played the Christmas season in 2011/12. It has since undergone three Christmas transfers, including St James Theatre and Unicorn Theatre in London and MAC Birmingham. It was Olivier-nominated in 2013 and received a coveted Off West End Award in 2014. The show has delighted over 40,000 audiences over the last 5 years & continues to receive excellent reviews.

    When a rich man’s wife dies, his daughter Ella mourns her beloved mother with a grief as deep as the snow on her grave. Before the spring sun has time to melt it, her father takes a second wife and their peaceful life is taken over by a host of new and unpleasant relations. Her only friends are the woodland birds who roost in the tree that grows over the grave, but they are no ordinary birds…

    With their quirky visual style, crystal-clear storytelling, original live music and pitch-perfect ensemble acting, director Sally Cookson and team brought this classic tale of fortunes reversed startlingly and imaginatively to life.

    Cinderella Prince

    Farrows Creative

    Additional information

    Available to tour, the show will return to Tobacco Factory Theatres for Christmas 2016 – you can purchase tickets here.

    To book any of our productions please contact Kerrie Burke-Avery, Producer, on 0117 963 0963 or email

    RUNNING TIME 2hrs (inc. interval)
    ORIGINAL VENUE Factory Theatre

    Cast & Creative

    Creative team

    Director – Sally Cookson
    Designer – Katie Sykes
    Dramaturg – Adam Peck
    Composer – Benji Bower
    Lighting Designer – Matt Graham
    Sound Designer – Jon Everett
    Choreographer – Joêl Daniel
    Puppetry & Remount Director – Chris Pirie

    Original cast

    Ella – Lisa Kerr
    Prince – Thomas Eccleshare
    Step Mother – Craig Edwards
    Step Sister – Lucy Tuck
    Step Brother – Saikat Ahamed
    Musicians – Will & Benji Bower

    Farrows Creative

    Farrows Creative

    Cast at St James Theatre

    Ella – Lisa Kerr
    Prince – Thomas Eccleshare
    Step Mother – Craig Edwards
    Step Sister – Lucy Tuck
    Step Brother – Tom Godwin
    Musicians – Adam Pleeth & Brian Hargreaves

    Farrows Creative

    Farrows Creative

    Cast at Unicorn Theatre

    Ella – Sarah Kameela Impey
    Prince – Mark Kane
    Step Mother – Philippe Spall
    Step Sister – Jessica Murrain
    Step Brother – Martins Imhangbe
    Musicians – TJ Holmes & Luke Potts

    Unicorn Theatre

    Unicorn Theatre

    Cast at Mac Birmingham

    Ella – Isabella Marshall
    Prince – Joey Hickman
    Step Mother – Chris Bianchi
    Step Sister – Jessica Murrain
    Step Brother – Mathew Hamper
    Musicians – Alex Heane & Jessica Macdonald

    Nick Hynan

    Nick Hynan


    The Tobacco Factory always lays on a good Christmas show, but this one is a real classic, an exquisite Cinderella for all seasons that gets right to the heart of the story and offers its own delicious and surprising twists.

    The Guardian – Four stars

    Cooksons’ production is a funny heart-warming beautiful piece of stage craft, expertly steered by swing-inspired music from Benji Bower… this Cinderella is a treat.


    The Independent – Four stars

    This non-panto fairytale from the Tobacco Factory and Travelling Light is so bewitching that you’d gladly watch it in a heat wave… Let’s hope it has a life beyond this holiday season. Because, come on Bristol, it would be selfish to keep this one all to yourselves.

    The Times – Four stars

    …this is a wonderfully funny as well as a very different pantomime, right from Edwards’ staccato double takes through to Lisa Kerr’s feisty Ella… and Thomas Eccleshare’s geeky, bird-watching Prince. … yet another delicious Tobacco Factory Christmas treat.

    The Stage – Five stars