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Soho Cinders - Charing Cross Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SOHO Cinders is described as a deliciously naughty satirical twist on the Cinderella fairy tale. Written by multi award-winning Stiles and Drewe and Elliot Davis, a new production will run for nine weeks at Charing Cross Theatre – from Thursday, October 24 to Saturday, December 21, 2019.

Celebrating London’s most colourful district and mixing politics, sex-scandals and true love, Soho Cinders has an infectious score that you’ll be humming long past the stroke of midnight!

When impoverished student Robbie becomes romantically involved with engaged London Mayoral candidate James Prince, his lap-dancing step-sisters become the least of his problems! As James and Robbie’s worlds collide, they are forced to fight for their own fairy-tale ending.

Soho Cinders has music by George Stiles, lyrics by Anthony Drewe and a book by Anthony Drewe and Elliot Davis.

George Stiles and Anthony Drewe are a multi award-winning musical theatre writing partnership. Writing credits include Honk! (National Theatre/UK Tour/ Worldwide); Mary Poppins (West End/Broadway/Worldwide); The Wind in the Willows (UK Tour/West End); Cameron Mackintosh’s new version of Half A Sixpence (Chichester Festival Theatre/West End); Travels With My Aunt (Minerva Theatre, Chichester); Betty Blue Eyes (West End/UK Tour); Just So (Tricycle/Chichester Festival Theatre/Worldwide); Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Birmingham Rep/Royal Festival Hall/Worldwide); The Three Little Pigs (West End/UK Tour/International Tour); and Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Singapore Rep).

Future projects include a stage version of Robert Harling’s film Soapdish and Becoming Nancy, a new musical with director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell.

Elliot Davis has written the script, music and lyrics for Loserville, collaborating with James Bourne, with whom he has also written Out There (Youth Music Theatre UK, Riverside Studios 2012). He has just received a major commission from BBC Films to write his first feature film. He wrote the book for a new musical in Malaysia called The Secret Life of Nora, which won Best Original Book in the Best Original Book and Audience Choice Award for Best Musical in the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards. And in 2011, Davis composed the music for The Silver Tassie, produced by Druid Theatre and directed by Garry Hynes. This production played at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York in summer 2011.

Writers George Stiles, Anthony Drewe and Elliot Davis said: “In 2000, we sat in Regent’s Park discussing what we’d like to write next. Honk! had just won the Olivier Award at The National Theatre, and we felt we should choose a subject that challenged us and perhaps took the audience by surprise. We wanted to write about London, why people had become disenchanted by politics, and the complexities of love.

“We also wanted to write a fable – our story is about a love that blossoms between two people of different backgrounds and generations, and what they learn from each other. Soho Cinders holds a very special place in our hearts; when Elliot came on board as co-bookwriter, it was the start of a very happy creative collaboration which has seen many more adventures around the world. We are absolutely delighted the show is making a return to the heart of our city in Will Keith’s production.”

Produced by Will Keith for Theatre Syndicate London and Starting Over Theatricals Ltd in association with Kyle Tovey for AKT Management, Soho Cinders is directed by Will Keith, with choreography by Adam Haigh, musical direction by Sarah Morrison and set design by Justin Williams. Associate musical director is Joe Louis Robinson and casting director is Harry Blumenau Casting. Casting will be announced soon.

Tickets: Previews: £15 – £27.50. From Monday, October 28: £20 – £37.50. Upgrade your ticket to include a glass of bubbly and a programme for just £7.50. To book, call the box office on 08444 930650 or visit www.charingcrosstheatre.co.uk/. A booking fee applies to phone and internet orders; no booking fee to personal callers.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Thursday and Saturday at 3pm.

Michael John LaChuisa’s musical Queen of the Mist continues at Charing Cross Theatre until October 5, 2019.