The Barn Theatre in Cirencester have today announced the full cast and creative team for the premiere of the musical play The Brothers Grimm Present: Cinderella, which will run at the Cotswold venue from 16 November 2021 – 2 January 2022.
The production, which is based on the folk tale of Cinderella from the Brothers Grimm’s Grimms’ Fairy Tales, was originally planned to debut in Winter 2020 as part of the theatre’s 2020 Built by Barn Season but was postponed due to the pandemic. The Brothers Grimm Present: Cinderella also marks the third production by Alan Pollock to debut as the Barn Theatre’s Winter offering, following 2019’s A Christmas Carol starring Patrick Ryecart and 2020’s Peter Pan starring Waylon Jacobs.
Wilhelm and Jakob are the ultimate odd couple. They are the Brothers Grimm. It’s late and the brothers are arguing. A young girl appears, Cinderella and we are launched into a tale of kindness, cruelty, music and magic, slippers, pumpkins, and wolves. Blending song, illusion, and puppetry this production will be Cinderella as you’ve always known it but never seen before.
The Brothers Grimm Present: Cinderella, written by Alan Pollock and composed & arranged by Tarek Merchant, will be directed by Francesca Goodridge with design by Cory Shipp, musical direction by Dylan Townley, movement direction by Jodie Cole and Christina Fulcher, casting direction by Polly Jerrold, lighting design by Sam Rowcliffe-Tanner, sound design by Harry Smith and animation by Barn Digital Media.
The full actor-musician cast of the production are: Jesse Ashby (Mr Tipsy’s Down the Hatch) as Jakob, The Father, Regent, Scarecrow and Stepmother, Matthew Romain (Holes) as Wilhelm, Tom and Prince, Tanya Bridgeman (Shoes to Fill, Off West End Commendation) as Girl (Cinderella), Emily Panes (Spectra) as Anastasia and Jester 1, Anna Fordham (Women in Power) as Drusilla and Jester 2, Elzbieta Kalicka (theatrical debut) and Celia Cruwys-Finnigan (The Secret Garden) as Ensemble.