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Cinderella: A Fairytale

Cinderella: A Fairytale

Adam Peck

Oberon Books

“Funny, heart-warming and beautiful piece of stage craft. This Cinderella is a treat.”The Independent


“A real classic, an exquisite Cinderella for all seasons that gets right to the heart of the story and offers its own delicious and surprising twists... This is not just a great Christmas show, but a great night for all times and ages.” –Lyn Gardner, Guardian


“This non-panto fairy-tale … is so bewitching that you'd gladly watch it in a heat wave... A modern classic…that ends with a kiss, an embrace, a puff on an inhaler. First, second or third time around, Cinderella: A Fairytale is low on syrup and full of magic.” –Dominic Maxwell, The Times


This stage version of Cinderella has captivated audiences with its dazzlingly original take on one of the oldest and best-loved fairytales of all times.


When Ella’s mother dies, she is brought up by her devoted and loving father who teaches her the names and calls of the woodland birds that surround their home. But when her father marries again, Ella’s peaceful life is turned upside down by a host of new and unpleasant relations. It appears her only allies are the feathered friends who roost in the trees, but they are no ordinary birds…

With crystal-clear storytelling, this classic tale of fortunes reversed is brought startlingly and imaginatively to life.

Since its premiere in Bristol in 2011/12, Cinderella has gone on to brilliantly successful Christmas runs at two London venues, won a 2014 Off West End Award and was nominated for a 2013 Olivier Award.


Adam Peck is a writer, performer & dramaturg. Since 2006 he has worked with the Bristol Old Vic Young Company as a writer (Joan of Arc, 2007, and Gilgamesh 2006), playwriting tutor and devised theatre sessional leader. Between 2007 and 2011 he worked with Fairground, the company he co-founded with Tid, to create three shows for the Tobacco Factory - The Red Man (2008), Out of Touch - A Trilogy (2009) and Bonnie & Clyde (2010). The latter toured the South-West in 2011, played at Theatre503, and is published by Oberon Books. More recent writing work includes Cinderella: A Fairy Tale for Tobacco Factory and Travelling Light, Bitter Tales for Theatre Orchard Project and Only for Bristol Old Vic. Adam has an MA in Theatre (Playwriting) from Royal Holloway, University of London (2004), and a BA in Theatre and Performance Studies from Warwick University (2000). Other writing credits include: My Bristol Vista for Paines Plough (Come To Where I'm From, 2010), Life Savings for Theatre Royal Bath (2011), Chocolate Money (Short Fuses, 2010) and Kick Off (Ferment 2010) for Bristol Old Vic.

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