Show Stoppers column: Cinderella trades fairytales for WWII

Nancy Stevens previews the thrilling war-time romance adaptation.

Matthew Bourne’s CINDERELLA comes to Milton Keynes Theatre from 13–17 February, starring Cordelia Braithwaite, Ashley Shaw, Paris Fitzpatrick and Liam Mower.

“Cinderella is one of my most heartfelt works and a personal favourite among my re-imagined classic stories,” says Bourne.

Set in WWII London, Bourne’s thrilling and evocative interpretation of the classic fairytale is a true war-time romance: a chance meeting, a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, who fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz.

Heart-stopping and touching, it will take the audience into the sights and sounds of war-torn London with Prokofiev’s magnificent score.

The Olivier, Tony and Grammy award-winning show BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from her part in a hit songwriting team with husband Gerry Goffin, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

She wrote the soundtrack for a generation, and countless classics including, You’ve Got a Friend, It Might As Well Rain Until September, and The Locomotion.

BBC1’s TV series Over The Rainbow finalist Bronté Barbé plays King at Milton Keynes Theatre from 20–24 February.

Consider yourself at home at Stantonbury Theatre from 15–17 February with Lionel Bart’s classic musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel, OLIVER TWIST.

Rare Productions present the Tony and Olivier Award winning show. The streets of Victorian England come to life when Oliver, an orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker.

Oliver escapes to London and joins a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr Brownlow takes him in.

Fagin employs sinister Bill Sikes to get him back, potentially jeopardising Oliver’s discovery of family love.

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