It was announced today that the opening of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical Cinderella has been delayed to March 2021.
Andrew 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.”
Running at the Gillian Lynne Theatre, the show will now open its world premiere on Wednesday 7 April 2021, with previews from Friday 19 March 2021.
West End star and best-selling author Carrie Hope Fletcher (Heathers: The Musical, Mary Poppins, Les Miserables) will play the titular role in the highly anticipated new production that completely reimagines the classic rags-to-riches fairytale. Joining her in the role of Stepmother will be Victoria Hamilton-Barritt (Mamma Mia!, West Side Story, Murder Ballad, The ViewUpstairs).
Andrew Lloyd Webber will reunite with director Laurence Connor and choreographer JoAnn M Hunter (School Of Rock The Musical, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), while the show’s lyrics are by David Zippel, a multi-award winner for Broadway productions (City Of Angels, The Goodbye Girl, The Woman In White) and for work on film including Disney’s Oscar-nominated Hercules and Mulan.
According to the production: “LW Theatres are carrying out internal upgrade work to the building including the addition of more toilets and refurbishment to areas of the auditorium and Front of House, as well as adopting measures to welcome back audiences safely as soon as restrictions allow.
“These measures are currently being trialled at The London Palladium and will be rolled out across LW Theatres.”
Rewriting the classic fairytale into a modern-day musical, this eagerly awaited production is well worth booking ahead of time.