New Musical SOHO CINDERS Receives World Premiere at SOHO THEATRE in August 2012


Music by George Stiles. Lyrics by Anthony Drewe.

Book by Anthony Drewe & Elliot Davis

Following the sold-out concert performance of Soho Cinders at the Queen’s Theatre in October 2011, Stiles & Drewe’s new musical will receive its world premiere at Soho Theatre running from 2nd August to 9th September 2012. The full-scale production with a live band will feature an all-star cast including Jenna Russell and Michael Xavier, and featuring the voice of Stephen Fry.

The cast also includes Clive Carter, Suzie Chard, Amy Lennox and Beverly Rudd. Full casting will be announced shortly.

Directed by Jonathan Butterell, Soho Cinders has music by George Stiles, lyrics by Anthony Drewe, book by Anthony Drewe & Elliot Davis, choreography by Drew McOnie, design by Morgan Large and lighting design by Hugh Vanstone.

Edgy, fun and deliciously naughty, Soho Cinders celebrates the capital’s most colourful district and is set to get London’s temperature soaring this summer.

When impoverished student Robbie becomes romantically involved with engaged Mayoral candidate James Prince, his lap-dancing step-sisters become the least of his problems! James and Robbie’s worlds collide forcing them to fight for their own fairy-tale ending in this hilarious, satirical twist on the classic Cinderella story.

The potent mix of politics, sex-scandals and true love come together in this contemporary musical with an infectious score that you’ll be humming long past the stroke of midnight.

Soho Theatre: “We are delighted to welcome the Soho Cinders producers to present this rare musical treat within the venue’s main house, providing an opportunity for our audience and musical theatre audiences to see this full-scale musical within an intimate space; whilst Soho Theatre takes its regular programme of new writing, comedy and cabaret to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012.”

Jenna Russell won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical and was nominated for a Tony Award for her role as Dot/Marie in Sunday in the Park with George. Other stage credits include Into the Woods (Regents Park Open Air Theatre)

Michael Xavier is currently playing the male lead in Wonderful Town on UK Tour. His recent credits include Into the Woods (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Love Story (Chichester & Duchess), Spamalot, Miss Saigon and My Fair Lady.

Stephen Fry is a multi-award-winning screenwriter, actor, author, television presenter and film director. TV credits include: QI; Blackadder; Jeeves & Wooster; Stephen Fry in America. Film credits include: Gosford Park; Sherlock Holmes 2; Stormbreaker. Stephen makes a return to the stage this Autumn as Malvolio in Twelfth Night at the Globe Theatre.

George Stiles and Anthony Drewe have been writing together for nearly thirty years. They are best known for writing new songs for Mary Poppins, their Olivier Award-winning Honk!, and more recently the critically acclaimed Betty Blue Eyes. They are currently developing a musical based on the cult movie Soapdish and recently announced that along with Julian Fellowes they will write a new musical stage version of The Wind in the Willows.

Elliot Davis wrote the book and music for “Loserville” with James Bourne which is opening at West Yorkshire Playhouse in June this year. His other musical with James Bourne, 'Out There' is opening at Riverside Studios in London in July. He won a TMA Award for co-writing “Once Upon A Time At The Adelphi” and the Ticket Master Composer Award for his score of "Best Friends And Butterflies”. He is also a prolific radio documentary writer and producer.

Jonathan Butterell has just returned from New York having spent ten years working as a director and choreographer. Broadway work includes Light in the Piazza, Assassins, Fiddler on the Roof and Nine with Antonio Banderas and Chita Rivera. UK credits include Alone Together with Michael Ball and Into the Woods at the Donmar. As a choreographer, Jonathan’s credits include Nine and Company for the Donmar. Film choreography includes Finding Neverland starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet and Stay starring Ewan McGregor.

Soho Cinders is produced by Soho Cinders Ltd, Jamie Hendry Productions, Daniel Sparrow & Mike Walsh Productions, Neil Marcus and Paul Tyrer & Jamie Clark for the Booking Office in association with Soho Theatre.

Soho Cinders will run for a limited season from Thursday 2nd August until Sunday 9th September 2012 with a press night on Wednesday 8th August 2012 at 7pm.


Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE
Thursday 2nd August – Sunday 9th September 2012
Tuesday            8pm
Wednesday        8pm
Thursday           8pm
Friday               5:30pm & 9pm
Saturday            4pm & 8pm
Sunday              4pm
Tickets £12.50 - £37.50
Box office 020 7478 0100
Press night Wednesday 8th August 2012, 7pm