Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

Go behind the scenes

Matthew Bourne’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale is a true war-time romance, brought to life by iconic and ground-breaking British dance-theatre company New Adventures. In a magical night, Cinderella meets a dashing young RAF pilot, they are together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz. 

With costumes and sets from Lez Brotherston, which won an Olivier Award for his original designs, lighting by Olivier Award-winning Neil Austin and video and projection designed by Duncan McLean, Cinderella was performed in Surround Sound designed by Paul Groothuis. The production featured a specially commissioned recording played by a 60 piece orchestra taking the audience into the heart of Prokofiev’s magnificent score and the sights and sounds of war-torn London.

In partnership with The Space, New Adventures has released a new Behind the Scenes section for the show including learning resources for students and teachers. 

For teachers and students you’ll find exclusive insights into the creation of Cinderella, with interviews and exercises and activities for all ages and abilities. Or if you’re an avid fan with an insatiable curiousity become a fly on the wall and explore what makes our production so different. – New Adventures

Go Behind the scenes In The Studio to find out about the creative process and inspiration behind Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella with interviews from the cast and creatives and explore a series of exercises and activities created for teachers and students of all ages and abilities in mind.

Go Behind the scenes In The Show to learn how Matthew Bourne’s interpretation differs from the original with in-depth looks into the plot and interviews with the cast.


Go Backstage to explore the production elements that make up Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella with the creatives that worked on the production.Learn about every aspect of the production from Set & Costume to Lighting, Music & Sound to Backstage Crew Profiles.

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Download the Cinderella resource pack (PDF) from