Nuffield Southampton Theatres presents
CinderELLA The Musical
Book and Lyrics by Michael Fentiman
Music and additional Lyrics by Barnaby Race
Nuffield Southampton Theatres today announces the full company of CinderELLA The Musical. Michael Fentiman directs Valda Aviks (Ella), Emma Darlow (Melania) Tom Hier (Prince Charming and Policeman), Michael O’Connor (Harry), Jos Slovick (Daniel Deeni), Imelda Warren-Green (Ivanka) and Lydia White (Cinders). This new adaptation of the classic myth features two protagonists, the younger Cinders who feels old beyond her years and the older Ella who remembers when she danced as a girl at the Midnight Ballroom. The production opens at Nuffield Southampton Theatres – NST City on 29 November, with previews from 23 November, and runs until 5 January 2020.
Cinders feels old before her time and Ella feels like she’s running out of time. Throw in the reopening of the Grand Ballroom, a not so charming Prince and two nasty step-nieces and you’ve got yourself a CinderELLA story: the musical remix.
Join Cinders and Ella this Christmas as they explore what it means to feel a little lost and find yourself again. CinderELLA is a magical fairytale extravaganza featuring step-nieces Ivanka and Melania, that even Love Island would reject, the hapless and hopelessly in love Daniel Deeni and the nice (but dim) Prince Tim. (Charming!).
This CinderELLA story combines Freaky Friday with a tale as old as time, to offer a hilarious musical Christmas treat for the whole family.
Director Michael Fentiman said today, “I am thrilled to be working with such a fantastic cast, both the hugely experienced Valda Aviks who brings decades of west end experience to the production and the incredibly talented Lydia White who recently graduated from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I’m excited to develop a musical with two female leads at very different stages in their careers, hopefully proving that fairy tales can be for anyone, whatever the age.”
Michael Fentiman’s theatre credits as director include Valued Friends (Rose Theatre Kingston), AmÃ©lie: The Musical (The Watermill Theatre/UK tour/The Other Palace), The Taming of the Shrew (Sherman Theatre/Tron Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (Vaudeville Theatre), The Last Days of Anne Boleyn (Historic Royal Palaces/Tower of London), Loot (Park Theatre/The Watermill Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus, Ahasverus (RSC), Babe, the Sheep-Pig (Polka Theatre/UK tour), The War Has Not Yet Started (Drum Theatre, Plymouth), Minotaur (Theatr Clwyd/Polka Theatre), Raising Martha (Park Theatre), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Kensington Palace Gardens - as co-director with Rupert Goold), Crackers (Belgrade Theatre), Spoonface Steinberg (Theatr Clwyd/Citizens Theatre/UK tour), East (UK tour), Ajax (European tour), The Comedy of Errors, Robin Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk (Cambridge Arts Theatre), Sweeney Todd (RAM/Theatre Royal Stratford East), and Made in Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre - as Associate Director to Rupert Goold).
Valda Aviks plays Ella. Her previous theatre credits include Funny Girl (Menier Chocolate Factory/Savoy Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Chichester Festival Theatre/Adelphi Theatre), Into the Woods (Regent’s Park Theatre), Beauty and the Beast (Dominion Theatre), Oliver! (London Palladium), The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre), Les Miserables (Palace Theatre), Cats (New London Theatre), The Witches of Eastwick (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Caroline or Change (National Theatre), The Addams Family, Mary Poppins (UK tour), On The Twentieth Century (Union Theatre), RAGS (Hope Mill, Manchester) and Once (The Gaiety Theatre/Phoenix Theatre). Television credits include The Trip, Bad Penny and Little Britain. For film her credits include Words of Love and Nightbreed.
Emma Darlow plays Melania. Her previous theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare's Rose Theatre), Richard III (Shakespeare's Rose Theatre), Glengarry Glen Ross (ATG/ West End- rehearsal actor), Desire Under The Elms (Sheffield Crucible Theatre), 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips (Shakespeare's Globe; Kneehigh UK/ US tour), Pinocchio (Iris Theatre), Playing For Time (Sheffield Crucible Theatre), Napoleon Blown Apart (Arcola Theatre), Here is Where We Meet (Marlowe Theatre Studio), The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (Bouffes du Nord), Stitched Up (Space 45) and As You Like It (French tour). For film her credits include Planted Evidence, After a Home Tie and Taking the Light.
Tom Hier plays Prince Charming and Policeman. His previous theatre credits include Miss Saigon (international tour), Footloose, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK tours) and Bare: A Pop Opera (The Vaults). For television his credits include Stella.
Michael O’Connor plays Harry. His previous theatre credits include Peribanez, In the Midnight Hour (Young Vic), Piano, Sunday in the Park with George, The Shaughraun, Ghetto (National Theatre), The Knocky, The Terrible Voice of Satan (Royal Court Theatre), The Tempest (RSC), A Handful of Stars (Trafalgar Studios), Once (The Gaiety Theatre /Phoenix Theatre), Bombing People (Jermyn Street Theatre), Into the Woods, Lone Star (Manchester Royal Exchange), The Weir, The Seafarer, Twelfth Night (Octagon Bolton), Sweeney Todd, Humble Boy (New Vic Theatre, Newcastle), The Marriage of Figaro, Out with a Bang (Sheffield Theatres), Animal Farm, Robin Hood (Theatr Clwyd), Outskirts (Birmingham Rep) and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Royal & Derngate). For television his credits include Dunkirk, Will, Murphy’s Law, Hardware, Asylum and Fallout. For film his credits include National Treasure – Book of Secrets.
Jos Slovick plays Daniel Deeni. He will be returning this year to Nuffield Southampton Theatre after previously performing in The Snow Queen. Other theatre credits include A Brief Encounter (The Old Vic), Spring Awakening (Lyric Hammersmith/ Novello Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof, Love Story (Chichester Festival Theatre), Bad Jews (Theatre Royal Haymarket/UK tour), The Human Comedy (Young Vic), Once (Phoenix Theatre) and Lost in Yonkers (Watford Palace Theatre).
Imelda Warren-Green plays Ivanka. Her previous theatre credits include Little Miss Sunshine (UK tour), As the Crow Flies (Salisbury Playhouse/UK tour), Out There, Bad Girls, Whistle Down the Wind (Union Theatre) and The Little Mermaid (Liverpool Everyman).
Lydia White plays Cinders. Her previous theatre credits include Rags (Hope Mill Theatre). Her credits for television include Clique.