Hope Mill Theatre is to stage the UK’s first fully-staged production of the Broadway version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
Cinderella will be the first musical produced by A Factory of Creativity – the charity recently formed to take over the running of the Manchester theatre.
Co-founders of Hope Mill Theatre Joseph Houston and William Whelton will direct and choreograph Cinderella, respectively.
Cinderella was written for the television by Rodgers and Hammerstein and was originally broadcast live in 1957 starring Julie Andrews. A new version with a book by Douglas Carter Beane premiered on Broadway in 2013, which is the one the Hope Mill’s production will be based on.
The production will run at Hope Mill Theatre from May 9 to June 6, 2020 and then at Clonter Opera Theatre in Cheshire from June 9 to 14.
It marks the first time a fully-staged version of the show has been performed in the UK.
Hope Mill Theatre will hold open auditions for the lead role of Cinderella.
Whelton said: “As a regional venue we are passionate about finding and nurturing professional talent from all over the country so find this really exciting and we can’t wait to meet new artists.”
The show has set and costume design Elly Wdowski, orchestrations by Jason Carr, projection design by George Reeves, lighting design by Aaron Dootson and casting by Jane Deitch.