by Trish Cooke and Robert Hyman
‘‘this team is capable of wonderful things’’ The Times
Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Cinderella will be performed from
Saturday 3 December 2011 – Saturday 21 January 2012, at 10am, 2pm and 7pm.
As part of the theatre’s Open Stage project in which the public choose their favourite productions, audiences were asked which panto they would like to see on stage and the peoples’ choice, Cinderella won!
The theatre is remounting their Olivier-nominated Cinderella, but the creative team have decided to come back with a twist! If there’s nothing like a dame, why have one when you can have three? The Wicked Step-Mother and her two Ugly Sisters will all be men in frocks. There will be three times as many baddies to boo and hiss, so even more fun to be had.
The production is written by long-term writing duo Trish Cooke and Robert Hyman and features original music. Cinderella is a classic tale perfect for all the family, designed by Olivier Award-winner, Jenny Tiramani, former Director of Theatre Design at The Globe alongside Mark Rylance. This traditional Stratford East magical tale isdirected by Kerry Michael (Artistic Director, Theatre Royal Stratford East) with Matthew Xia (Wild Child, Royal Court Theatre).
The cast features Stratford East’s favourites;Ayesha Antoine (BBC’s Holby City) as Cinderella and Craig Storrod as Prince Leo, Sandra Bee as Fairy Godmother with the three Dames played by Michael Bertenshaw as The Wicked Step-Mother Darren Hart and Marcus Ellard as the Ugly Sisters, Stephen Hoo as Don Dini, Tony Jayawardena (BBC’s Moses Jones) as Baron, Stephen Lloyd as Buttons and Shelley Williams (West End’s Daddy Cool) as the Queen.
‘‘not to be missed’’ Newham Recorder on Red Riding Hood, 2010
Tickets start from just £6 to £22. Concessions are available on all performances.
Premium Shows: £10/£18/£22 (£10/£14/£17 concs)
School Term Time Evenings: £6/£13 / £17 (£6/ £ 9 / £12 concs) School Term Time Matinees: £ 6 / £12/£16 (£ 6 / £ 8 / £11 concs) Saturdays and School Holidays: £10 /£15/£19 (£10/£10/£14 concs)
Captioned:Thursday 5 January 7pm. Sign language interpreted: Saturday 7 January 2pm
Audio described:Saturday 7 January- touch tour starting at 12.30pm and performance at 2pm
Pay What You Want:Thursday 8 December 7pm.
Pay What You Want Tickets – available to Newham residents who have never visited Theatre Royal Stratford East to see a show. Newham residents need to call box office on 020 8534 0310 and quote ‘Pay What You Want’, tickets must be booked in advance. Theatre Royal Stratford East, Theatre Square, London E15 1BN. Box office 020 8534 0310 www.stratfordeast.com
Gallions Reach, Beckton is the 2011 Panto partner
Theatre Royal Stratford East is breaking all the rules of British theatregoing and embracing the digital age by inviting people to get out their smartphones and tweet during performances. There is a designated Tweet Zone fully equipped with WiFi available for every main stage performance and there’ll be no shushing from the ushers. Audience members are free to update their online communities with their thoughts on the show and the experience at the theatre whenever they want.
Bloggers Previewsis an opportunity for Theatre Royal Stratford East to encourage further online engagement and commentary about its work it by inviting writers from all parts of the blogosphere to attend a show before its official press night so that they can get online and express their views freely.