REVIEW: Cinderella at Birmingham Hippodrome

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Sir Matthew Bourne and New Adventures return to Birmingham Hippodrome with Cinderella as you’ve never seen it before. 

Set in the 1940’s during the London Blitz, Sir Matthew Bourne spectacularly recreates the classic fairytale for a modern audience, with slight twists in places you’d never expect.

Following her success in Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes last year and having studied at Birmingham’s internationally renowned Elmhurst Ballet School as a teenager, Ashley Shaw has returned to the city as Cinderella, and she steals the show with her mesmerising talent. Prince Charming is replaced with Harry, the Pilot, played by Andrew Monaghan, whilst the Fairy Godmother is now an Angel, played by Liam Mower.

Of course, there’s always going to be an expectation when re-creating a fairytale, however Sir Matthew Bourne manages to make it his own, with the streets of 1940’s London being re-imagined with impeccable attention to detail, featuring Cafe de Paris for the famous ball scene.

This is a show for every single member of the family, whether you’re passionate about dance or if this is your first trip to the theatre. The storyline is easy to follow, as most people already know the general plot for Cinderella, but that doesn’t mean to say there aren’t surprises throughout.

Credit : Johan Persson

Throughout the show, there are moments of tender romance juxtaposed harshly with moments of intense terror. Just as you’re distracted away from the backdrop of the war, it seems as though you can be transported back within a split second.

The cast cannot be faulted, with high levels of energy and impeccable skill throughout and other than the classic glitz and glamour of a fairytale love story, this isn’t the Cinderella you know and love, but it’s definitely one to remember.

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