My First Ballet: Cinderella

National Tour
1 hour 20 minutes
Including one interval

Following government advice about Coronavirus COVID-19, it is with great sadness that we announce that performances at The Peacock Theatre, Churchill Theatre, Wycombe Swan and Richmond Theatre have been cancelled.  The respective Box Offices (or the retailer from who you bought your tickets) will be contacting ticket buyers in due course. We thank you for your patience, understanding and support during this period of uncertainty.  Our thoughts and best wishes are with everyone who is being affected by this situation and we hope to see you again soon.

With a narrator to help the young audience follow the story, and a shortened version of Prokofiev’s ravishing score, this is the perfect introduction to the magic of ballet, and a fantastic family day out.

Cinderella is tormented by her stepsisters and she can only dream of attending the Prince’s glamorous Ball. Abandoned to an evening of drudgery, she is visited by her Fairy Godmother who transforms her into a glittering Princess who shall go to the Ball.

Since its creation in 2012, over 320,000 people have enjoyed our My First Ballet series. This unique collaboration between English National Ballet and English National Ballet School is choreographed by Ruth Brill and performed by students of English National Ballet School.

Main image: Illustration by Mark Ruffle.

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CREATIVE TEAM

Ruth Brill

Choreographer

Sergei Prokofiev

Music

Gavin Sutherland

Music Arrangement

Patricia Doyle

Dramatic Associate

Synopsis

Act I

Poor Cinderella is kept locked away by her wicked stepmother. Cinderella’s stepsisters taunt Cinderella with an invitation to the Prince’s ball. Everyone leaves to prepare for the ball except Cinderella. Suddenly the Fairy Godmother appears and helps transform Cinderella into a glittering princess. The Fairy Godmother warns Cinderella that she must leave the ball by midnight or her dress will return to rags.

Act II

The stepsisters try to get the Princes’ attention but are interrupted by the arrival of Cinderella. The Prince is captivated by this beautiful princess. They begin to dance until suddenly the clock strikes midnight. Cinderella rushes from the ball, losing one of her slippers. The Prince determines to find the mystery princess.

Both stepsisters arrive home and they show off to Cinderella. The stepmother interrupts announcing the arrival of the Prince. He offers the slipper to the two sisters who desperately try to make the slipper fit. The Prince notices Cinderella and offers the slipper to her – this time it fits! Cinderella and the Prince declare their love and they all live happily ever after.

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Reviews


“An enchanting first taste of ballet”
“Utterly charming and delightful”

Symbol Resources

English National Ballet are delighted to be working in partnership with Widgit to make ballet more accessible to children with learning difficulties and disabilities, by creating a range of symbol resources.

Widgit symbols support written text to make the meaning clearer and easier to understand. All of these resources are available to download for free (PDF format) and you will also find extra activities in our printed programmes at theatres throughout the tour.

The My First Ballet: Cinderella Symbol Resources are designed for use before, during and after performances.

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Discounts

Discounts are subject to availability, cannot be combined or used in conjunction with another offer. Cannot be applied retrospectively.

Tickets may be subject to venue’s booking and transaction fees.

PEACOCK THEATRE, LONDON

Friends of English National Ballet
£2 off price band A, maximum 4 tickets per person. Become a Friend to receive your promo code.

Family Ticket
£70 (4 tickets inc at least two children) Not available on top price seats or in conjunction with any other offer. All seats must be within the same price band and all together. Book early to secure the best seats at the best price. Prices may change subject to demand.

Transaction fee applies: £3 Transaction fee for online and telephone bookings. No transaction fee when booking in person at Ticket Office.

Groups 8+
20% off stalls seats on most performance. Call 020 7863 8222 to book.

Schools (under 18s only)
£12 tickets in rear stalls for groups of 10+. Available for all performances. Call 020 7863 8222 to book.

 

WYCOMBE SWAN, HIGH WYCOMBE

Friends of English National Ballet
£2 off price band A, maximum 4 tickets per person. Become a Friend to receive your promo code.

Under 16s
£2 off

 

CHURCHILL THEATRE, BROMLEY

Friends of English National Ballet
£2 off price band A, maximum 4 tickets per person. Become a Friend to receive your promo code.

Under 16s
£2 off

Groups 10+
£7.50 off price bands A and B

Family Ticket
£87 (4 tickets in price band B, must include at least one adult and one child ticket)

RICHMOND THEATRE

Friends of English National Ballet
£2 off price band A, maximum 4 tickets per person. Become a Friend to receive your promo code.

Under 16s
£4 off price band B, £3 off price band B

Groups 10+
£15 + levy + fees in price band A only

Family Ticket
£55 (4 tickets in price band A, must include at least two children)

 

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