Audiences have already seen Luke Bayer as the alternate Jamie in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and Millie O’Connell has enjoyed an Olivier Award-nominated reign as Anne Boleyn in the hit musical Six. Now the performers come together to lead the cast of Stiles and Drewe and Elliot Davis’ naughty twist on Cinderella, Soho Cinders, running at the Charing Cross Theatre from 24 October to 21 December 2019.
They will be joined by Lewis Asquith, Christopher Coleman, Ewan Gillies, Tori Hargreaves, Natalie Harman, Michaela Stern, with an ensemble cast featuring Jade Bailey, Thomas Ball, Luke Byrne, Ben Darcy, Laura Fulgenzi, Danny Lane, Savannah Reed and Melissa Rose. Will Keith directs alongside choreographer Adam Haigh and musical director Sarah Morrison.
When impoverished student Robbie (Luke Bayer) becomes romantically involved with engaged London Mayoral candidate James Prince (Lewis Asquith), 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. Celebrating London’s most colourful district and mixing politics, sex-scandals and true love, Soho Cinders is a deliciously naughty musical update of the Cinderella fairy tale.
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.”