King’s Theatre Glasgow: Matthew Bourne Cinderella

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Created in 1997, Matthew Bourne’s take on Cinderella is completely different than what you’re used to as this adaptation is far from the ‘easy’ in comparison Disney version instead you will be transported to the 1940s London. Where during the blitz, life was grey and dangerous but also was full of hidden pleasures. Coming back after seven years since last in theatres, Bourne’s Cinderella continues to ‘work’. This beautifully choreographed and made production accompanied by music written by Sergei Prokofiev is a pleasure to watch and listen to. Prokofiev’s music creates an atmosphere of ‘doom’ while maintaining the fairy-tale element so strongly associated with the original story of Cinderella we are all so familiar with. Bourne’s narrative of the story is strongly interlinked with the dark history of the 1940s and every detail feels rooted in the history of it all. Cinderella’s prince is a traumatised RAF pilot, and the ballroom scene located at the Café de Paris was famously known to be a refuge of Mayfair socialites that was later destroyed in 1941 by the Luftwaffe.

The breath-taking period designs created by Lez Brotherston give the audience a very realistic bomb raid which reduces the stage to rubble and flames and many more interesting scenes. My personal favourites were the underground and bridge designs where you could feel yourself being transported right into the thick of it all. The attention to detail can be easily spotted and makes for a truly incredible show. This adaptation is a truly visually absorbing and beautifully created show. On until June 16 at King’s Theatre in Glasgow and shouldn’t be missed.

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