Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber has teamed up with the writer of Killing Eve, Emerald Fennell, for a new take on the Cinderella story. Cinderella the Musical will open in September 2020 at the Gillian Lynne theatre, which is appropriately enough currently home to one of the composer’s biggest successes, School Of Rock.
Lloyd Webber, the creative force behind such megahits as Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, has apparently been looking to bring the story of Cinderella to the stage for many years, but he has never been able to find a writer who could do justice to the script.
All that changed however when Lloyd Webber read Fennell’s take on the story. “I have long wanted to write my own version of Cinderella but could never find a take on the classic story that really grabbed me. Emerald Fennell has written something truly exciting and original, and the moment I read her outline I knew I’d found my latest collaborator”. Lloyd Webber said about the venture.
Cinderella The Musical will be directed by Laurence Connor (School of Rock) with music by Webber and lyrics by David Zippel. The lyricist, who has previously written for such hit shows as A Woman In White and City Of Angels, has clearly impressed Lloyd Webber with his latest work, with the composer calling Zippel’s lyrics “hugely witty”.
Fennell has made quite a name for herself in the last few years, gaining credit for both her writing and her acting ability. Currently to be seen playing Camilla Parker Bowles in the third season of Netflix’s The Crown, the star previously appeared as Nurse Patsy Mount in Call The Midwife.
It is her writing, however, which has most caught the eye, with Fennell stepping impressively into the shoes of Phoebe Waller Bridge for season II of Killing Eve.
To add to the excitement about the new production, it has been announced that the Gilligan Lynne theatre will be completely refurbished ahead of the opening of the new musical, with Cinderella representing the first musical to grace the venue once the refurbishment ends.
Cinderella the Musical will open at the Gillian Lynne Theatre on the 9th of October 2020. For more information about the musical, please click here.
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