Theatre Review: Soho Cinders – Soho Theatre, London ✭✭✭✭

Soho Cinders
Soho Theatre 

8th August 2012: Soho Cinders has been in the making for 10 years and for one night only in 2011 a World Premiere concert of this George Stiles and Anthony Drewe musical was performed at the Queens theatre.

After its success, Soho Theatre invites us to enter the contemporary world of Cinderella…

Narrated by Stephen Fry, Soho Cinders is set in Old Compton Street, London, where ‘it is hard to tell if a guy is gay or straight’.

Following the death of his mother, Robbie as ‘Cinderella’, played by Waterloo Road’s Tom Milner, is cast aside by the ugly sisters and faced with eviction. He is supported by his wise and likeable friend Velcro, in the guise of Buttons, excellently portrayed by Amy Lennox.

Robbie, a student who works as an escort, tries, with the help of his client Lord Bellingham, to find his mother’s will, in which he believes the laundrette is willed to him.

At the same time the election of London Mayor is taking place. The dashing ‘Prince Charming’ James Prince (Michael Xavier) is the hopeful, with William George (Gerard Carey) as his ruthless campaign manager and Marilyn Platt (Jenna Russell) his loyal fiancée.

The cast, under the direction of Jonathan Butterell, are a credit to the show and all put on a great performance.

Suzie Chard and Beverly Rudd, however, deserve special mention for their portrayal of the ugly sisters Clodagh and Dana respectively. They are entertaining, uncouth and full of witty one liners.

The set, designed by Morgan Large, is effective with a road sign which acts as a backdrop. Choreographer Drew McOnie has put together fantastic dance routines and McOnie’s use of the ensemble is impressive.

Soho Cinders exudes wit, charm and great musical numbers. I would recommend it to all who want a feel-good story with panache.

4 stars out of 5 ✭✭✭✭

Review by Unsa Chaudri

Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE

Thursday 2nd August – Sunday 9th September 2012

Tuesday        8:00pm
Wednesday    8:00pm
Thursday       8:00pm
Friday           5:30pm & 9:00pm
Saturday        4:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday          4:00pm

Tickets £12.50 - £37.50
Box office 020 7478 0100