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John Cockerill, Samantha Adams and Amaka Okafor in the Unicorn Theatre’s production of Cinderella in 2009/

Cinderella (Porter)

Phil Porter, playwright
Martin Ward, composer


47 pgs. 11 female, 4 male (doubling is possible)
Originally produced by Unicorn Theatre, UK, in 2009
Run Time: 90 minutes
Audience Recommendation: 6+


Cinderella is at the end of her tether bailing out the family business, a floating retirement home for elderly magicians. And when she’s not bailing out the business, she’s bailing out the water – as well as cooking, sewing, mending, tending and repairing. So when her Dad announces that he’s found a new wife, things seem to be looking up. Maybe Cinderella will finally have some help keeping the boat, and the business, afloat. Meanwhile, the royal palace announces a ball to find the young prince a wife, and Cinderella dreams of escaping her chores just for one night. But with only the retirement home’s ancient residents for company, who’s going to work the magic she needs to get her there? Packed with humor, this delightful, screwball version of Cinderella is the perfect Christmas treat for all the family.

“An absolute, perfectly judged delight… Porter has a very sure, old-fashioned sense of how to hook in and hold children’s attention.” – The Daily Telegraph, UK

“This charming show locates the magical in the everyday; it’s a delight to fall under its homespun spell.” – The Times, UK

Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $85 per performance
Professional Royalty Fee: please inquire for a quote
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