Preview: Cinderella at The Vaults

Cinderella The Vaults
Cinderella The Vaults

Taking the term ‘pub theatre’ literally, Cinderella is an outrageous site-specific show that takes all the best of traditional British panto and tops it off with a pint. Penned by Luke Barnes (All We Ever Wanted Was Everything), this knees up of a night out brings all the characters you know, love and hate, to pull your mates, spill your pints and pour their hearts out on the karaoke.

Crammed with live music, bingo, and a touch of midnight magic, Cinderella will have audiences dancing in the aisles and laughing their bloody baubles off. Think The Royle Family crossed with Elf… all set in a local boozer where the audience buy their drinks from the on-stage bar.

Artistic director and founder of Not Too Tame, Jimmy Fairhurst said, “I’m thrilled to be coming to the Vaults with our first ever Christmas show, created with award-winning writer Luke Barnes. Cinderella is a great night out, that is accessible to anyone and everyone that enjoys a few drinks, a sing song and time with their friends and loved ones after a hard day’s graft. This show is a culmination of several years of honing our craft, the 360-degree live experience is a testament to our ability to throw a kicking party.”

Writer Luke Barnes’ first play Chapel Street was a hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before transferring and embarking on a UK tour. He followed it with Bottleneck, produced by HighTide and transferred to the Soho Theatre.

Not Too Tame came out of a desire to create well crafted, entertaining and socially important work that appeals to a working-class community. Money, subject matter and a misrepresentation of the working class are all factors that have helped distance people from the arts; challenging this is a key driving force in their work today. Of all previous Not Too Tame theatre shows 26% of attendees were first-time theatre goers. Previous productions include Oi For England (Cardiff and Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Early Doors (sell out show Edinburgh Fringe 2014 and 2016), Electric Eden (opened the Shanghai International Festival 2017). Not Too Tame ‘s patrons are Christopher Ecclestone and Stephen Tompkinson. They are members of the Push Things Forward Collective with Middle Child and Nabokov.

Cinderella is at The Vaults 22nd November 2019 to 12th January 2020.

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