New Adventures



London 1940… The Blackout… a siren sounds...

Following the sold-out and critical success of The Red Shoes, New Adventures return with one of our most popular and beloved productions, Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella – a thrilling and evocative love story, set in London during the Second World War, which forms part of the company’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

Matthew Bourne’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale, has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz.

With Lez Brotherston’s sumptuous costumes and sets, which won an Olivier Award for his original designs, lighting by Olivier Award-winning Neil Austin and video and projection designed by Duncan McLean, Cinderella will be performed in Surround Sound, designed by Paul Groothuis and featuring a specially commissioned recording played by a 60 piece orchestra. Matthew Bourne’s vivid story telling has never been more heart-stopping and touching, and will take the audience into the heart of Prokofiev’s magnificent score, and the sights and sounds of war-torn London.

Awards 2011

Nominated for Best New Dance Production

Nominated for Best New Dance Production

THEATRE AWARDS UK 2011 (formally The TMA Awards)
WINNER of Outstanding Achievement in Dance

"Cinderella fills me with optimism for the future of dance. Let's celebrate Matthew Bourne, the great showman of British dance"

Daily Telegraph


WORLD PREMIERE 26 Sept 1997 at the Piccadilly Theatre, London

The show was first seen in the USA premiering on 30 March 1999 at the Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles.
The 2010 Revival was first performed on 15 November 2010 at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth then opened on 8 December 2010 at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. A Major UK and European Tour followed until May 2011.

Matthew Bourne's Cinderella returns to Sadler’s Wells in 2017 for its 16th Christmas Season from 9 Dec 2017 - 27 Jan 2018. This will be followed by a major UK tour.