The much-loved fairy tale, but not quite as you know it…

Cinderella spends her days scrubbing the floors, dreaming of a better life. The prince spends his looking out of the palace windows, dreaming of the perfect companion. Until fate intervenes, the two meet and the rest is history…

Join us this festive season for a magical whistle stop tour of Cinderella, as a fairy’s wand brings Leeds’ legendary City Varieties music hall back to life in all its glowing grandeur. This filmed version features a cast of three professional opera singers (and two puppets) accompanied by a pianist and a violinist, it’s the perfect chance to experience the charm of opera whatever your age!

Music includes extracts in English from several different takes on the fairy tale, including Rossini’s opera La Cenerentola, Massenet’s opera Cendrillon, Pauline Viardot’s operetta Cendrillon and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical Cinderella.

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Cast & Creative

WRITER & DIRECTOR: John Savournin

DESIGNER: Rachel Szmukler

CINDERELLA: Marie Claire Breen


FAIRY GODMOTHER: Julia Mariko Smith

PIANO: Philip Voldman

VIOLIN: Byron Parish