Following the sold-out concert performance of Soho Cinders at the Queen's Theatre in October 2011, Stiles & Drewe's new musical receives its world premiere at Soho Theatre running from tonight, 2nd August to 9th September 2012. The full-scale production with a live band features an all-star cast, including Jenna Russell and Michael Xavier, and featuring the voice of Stephen Fry.
The cast also includes Clive Carter, Suzie Chard, Amy Lennox and Beverly Rudd. Full casting will be announced shortly.
Directed by Jonathan Butterell, Soho Cinders has music by George Stiles, lyrics by Anthony Drewe, book by Anthony Drewe & Elliot Davis, choreography by Drew McOnie, design by Morgan Large and lighting design by Hugh Vanstone.
Edgy, fun and deliciously naughty, Soho Cinders celebrates the capital's most colourful district and is set to get London's temperature soaring this summer.
When impoverished student Robbie becomes romantically involved with engaged Mayoral candidate James Prince, his lap-dancing step-sisters become the least of his problems! James and Robbie's worlds collide forcing them to fight for their own fairy-tale ending in this hilarious, satirical twist on the classic Cinderella story.
The potent mix of politics, sex-scandals and true love come together in this contemporary musical with an infectious score that you'll be humming long past the stroke of midnight.
Soho Theatre: "We are delighted to welcome the Soho Cinders producers to present this rare musical treat within the venue's main house, providing an opportunity for our audience and musical theatre audiences to see this full-scale musical within an intimate space; whilst Soho Theatre takes its regular programme of new writing, comedy and cabaret to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012."
Jenna Russell won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical and was nominated for a Tony Award for her role as Dot/Marie in Sunday in the Park with George. Other stage credits include Into the Woods (Regents Park Open Air Theatre)
Michael Xavier is currently playing the male lead in Wonderful Town on UK Tour. His recent credits include Into the Woods (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Love Story (Chichester & Duchess), Spamalot, Miss Saigon and My Fair Lady.
Stephen Fry is a multi-award-winning screenwriter, actor, author, television presenter and film director. TV credits include: QI; Blackadder; Jeeves & Wooster; Stephen Fry in America. Film credits include: Gosford Park; Sherlock Holmes 2; Stormbreaker. Stephen makes a return to the stage this Autumn as Malvolio in Twelfth Night at The Globe Theatre.
George Stiles and Anthony Drewe have been writing together for nearly thirty years. They are best known for writing new songs for Mary Poppins, their Olivier Award-winning Honk!, and more recently the critically acclaimed Betty Blue Eyes. They are currently developing a musical based on the cult movie Soapdish and recently announced that along with Julian Fellowes they will write a new musical stage version of The Wind in the Willows.