Cinderella heads north for a bit of fresh seaside air this month, when a brand new stage version of the popular fairytale washes up at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough.
Scripted by Andrew Pollard and directed by Adam Sutherland – the team behind such shows as Heidi – A Goat’s Tale, The Hunt For The Scroobious Pip and last year’s hit The Nutcracker Prince – the SJT version of the tale, which runs from November 27 until December 15, promises a few interesting twists.
Cinderella’s happy life capsizes when a storm washes her mum out to sea and her dad remarries a strange widow from Bridlington. Thrust into a life of drudgery in her stepmother’s hotel, her only relief lies in gazing out to sea and watching the surfers soar over the waves.
The handsomest surfer has his own problem. Heir to the Slot Machine Kingdom, he’s too shy to talk to girls. When the Slot Machine King throws a Grand Beach Ball for the eligible lasses of Scarborough, Cinders knows she’ll never be able to go... until her Fairy Crab Mother intervenes. But her stepmother and malicious stepsister have other ideas.
Cinderella is probably one of the oldest stories around, admits writer Andrew Pollard. “Pretty much every country has its own version and I think, in my research, I have now read most of them. I thought these stories very apt and so our version is set in Scarborough with a very seasidey slant.”
Martina Horrigan will play Cinderella. She is joined in the cast by Howard Gossington, Maria Gough, Becky Hindley, Iddon Jones and Paul Ryan.
• Cinderella runs at the SJT from 27 November until 15 December. Tickets cost £15 for adults and £7.50 for children or £38 for 2 adults and 2 children. Tickets can be booked by calling the Box Office on 01723 370541 or online at sjt.uk.com