By Charles Way

Cinderella is published by Aurora Metro Press, together with Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast, in The Classic Fairytales Retold for the Stage. These three re-workings have had multiple professional productions all over the world. They are not pantomimes: they are plays with developed characters and have proved hugely successful with all ages. The plays contain drama, humour, adventure, magic and a deep humanity approached in a modern way. They provide very strong roles for women throughout.


The play is set in Germany at the time when a young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was trying to become a court composer. His music is key to this adaptation of the famous tale, and his composer’s baton is not after all dissimilar to a magic wand. Thus the healing power of art and love is explored in this timeless romance. Indeed time itself, as in music, is key to the emotional sequence of events as the young Cinderella tries to overcome grief and find a new life, in rapidly changing times.

Cast size

7 (5F 4M)


  • Cinderella
  • Prince Sebastian
  • Aloysia
  • Constanze
  • Maria
  • Sigmund
  • Wolfgang (as in Mozart)
  • Fairy Godmother
  • King Leopold (can double with Sigmund)


‘This adaptation of Perrault’s timeless version of the world’s best loved fairytale is not to be missed. A Christmas treat for all the family, whether one is five or 95.’ Morning Star

‘Elegant and restrained, but sprinkled with magic.’ Manchester Evening News

‘Like all good theatre, it works on many levels and is elastic enough to mean different things to different parts of the audience, old and young, parent and child.’ Lynn Gardner, The Guardian

Production history

Commissioned by The Library Theatre Manchester.

Available from

Cinderella is published by Aurora Metro Press in The Classic Fairytales Retold for the Stage (together with Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast). ISBN 0-9542330-0-X

Age suitability

Suitable for the whole family.


All images and content © Charles Way 2018