- By Deborah Behrens
- Photo Courtesy of Center Theatre Group
Matthew Bourne/New Adventures returns to the Ahmanson Theatre following its triumphant 2017 staging of The Red Shoes with its acclaimed dance theatre production of Cinderella reset to WWII London. Here the famous fairy tale becomes a wartime romance performed to Sergei Prokofiev’s classical score in which Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot find love amidst a deluge of daily bombings by Hitler’s Luftwaffe during The Blitz.
Prokofiev composed Cinderella between 1940-1944 when wars raged over several continents for global dominance. Bourne integrates the sounds of exploding shells and anti-aircraft fire into Prokoviev’s magnificent score, immersing audiences in the aural realities of a besieged London. Cinderella is performed in Surround Sound and features a specially commissioned recording played by a 60-piece orchestra. Cordelia Braithwaite and Ashley Shaw, who played Victoria Page in The Red Shoes to critical acclaim, alternate again as Cinderella in Les Brotherson’s sumptuous Olivier Award-winning costumes and sets.
The recommended age for this show is 10+. Per Center Theatre Group, parents are encouraged to “use discretion when bringing children younger than 10 as this performance has a lengthy runtime (2.5 hours + two intermissions) and contains content intended for older audiences.”
Plays February 5th to March 10th. For more information, click here.