CINDERS, you shall go to the...Blitz.
If anyone was to attempt to give the treasured tale of Cinderella a dance-driven re-working with a wartime theme it had to be the UK’s most popular choreographer.
Already a man of many hits in Sheffield, the magical mind of Matthew Bourne returns to Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre from Tuesday with a show designed to make us ponder as well as delight.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch our sneak preview of Cinderella - at Sheffield Lyceum until Saturday, May 28, 2011.
His innovative production of Cinderella was created to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Blitz, offering a thrilling and evocative journey through London during the Second World War.
His interpretation of Prokofiev’s haunting score has, at its heart, a true wartime 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 bombs descending on the capital.
Now completely revised, five-time Olivier Award-winner Bourne’s initiative was first seen in the West End in 1997.
It features a specially commissioned fresh recording of the score to create a cinematic experience – complete with the sound effects of war-torn London and Surround Sound.
Bourne is widely hailed as the UK’s most successful choreographer/director. Creator of the world’s longest running ballet production, he is the only British director to have won the Tony Award for both Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical.
Cinderella continues until Saturday.