- Title: Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Cinderella' goes to the ball with gala premiere
- Date: 25th August 2021
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (AUGUST 25, 2021) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** EXTERIOR OF THE GILLIAN LYNNE THEATRE, SHOWING SIGNS AND ARTWORK FOR "CINDERELLA" TELEVISION PERSONALITY, GEMMA COLLINS, ARRIVING ON RED CARPET WITH GUEST AND TURNING AROUND TO POSE FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS COLLINS POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS COLLINS POSING / COLLINS TWIRLING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS VARIOUS OF MODEL AND ACTIVIST, MUNROE BERGDORF, POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS DOCTOR AND TELEVISION PRESENTER, DR RANJ, POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS ACTOR AND COMEDIAN, TOM ROSENTHAL, AND GUEST POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS VARIOUS OF ACTOR AND MUSICAL THEATRE STAR, LAYTON WILLIAMS, POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS DANCER AND FORMER "STRICTLY COME DANCING" PROFESSIONAL, AJ PRITCHARD, POSING WITH GIRLFRIEND, DANCER AND MODEL ABBIE QUINNEN MODEL BEE BEARDSWORTH (FAR L) POSING WHILE BROADCASTER AND RADIO PRESENTER, VANESSA FELTZ (FAR R), TWIRLS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS BEARDSWORTH POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS TELEVISION PERSONALITY AND WINNER OF "THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF" IN 2016, CANDICE BROWN, POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS, BEARDSWORTH POSING BROWN POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS FORMER PROFESSIONAL BOXER, NICOLA ADAMS, POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS WITH GIRLFRIEND, ELLA BAIG VARIOUS OF TELEVISION PERSONALITY KATIE PIPER POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS VARIOUS COMEDIAN AND TELEVISION PRESENTER, MATT RICHARDSON, POSING WITH GIRLFRIEND, MODEL SAM ROLLINSON VARIOUS OF GUESTS ARRIVING AND ENTERING THEATRE AUDIENCE APPLAUDING AT END OF SHOW / CAST MEMBERS BOWING ON STAGE CARRIE HOPE FLETCHER, WHO PLAYS CINDERELLA, BOWING CAST MEMBERS JOINING FLETCHER CAST OF "CINDERELLA" BOWING AND GESTURING ABOVE (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUDIENCE MEMBERS, TAMSIN AND KATIE, SAYING: TAMSIN: "Really, really good, amazing, really fun, really lively." KATIE: "Fantastic dancing and the costumes were great so, yeah, it was really good." (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUDIENCE MEMBER, JOE, SAYING: " "I definitely think this has got Broadway written all over it 100 per cent. And I hope Carrie (Hope Fletcher) gets to go too because she's an absolute star. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUDIENCE MEMBERS, JACK AND ROSIE, SAYING: ROSIE: "I think it's going to be successful for sure 'cause it's like an interesting take on a very kind of like traditional misogynistic fairy tale." JACK: "It was also so nice to see it like a whole. (ROSIE: "Full capacity.) yeah. The whole theatre full of people is so nice to see." (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUDIENCE MEMBER, SOTOS, SAYING: "I thought it was a brilliant twist on Cinderella. I literally did. I thought it was so clever. Songs were great. I thought the production is amazing."
- Embargoed: 8th September 2021 23:44
- Keywords: Andrew Lloyd Webber Britain Carrie Hope Fletcher Gemma Collins London Munroe Bergdorf Theatre
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: UK
- Topics: Arts/Culture/Entertainment,Europe,Theatre
- Reuters ID: LVA001ERS4W99
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: British theatre veteran Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest musical "Cinderella" held its gala performance in London on Wednesday (August 25), after it was delayed due to a COVID-19-related closure of the production.
British television, fashion and music celebrities walked the red carpet outside the Gillian Lynne Theatre.
The "Cinderella" gala performance was originally planned for mid-July but Lloyd Webber closed the production, which had begun previews in late June, after a cast member tested positive for COVID-19 and quarantine rules for the other actors - all testing negative - meant the show could not go on.
Performances resumed last week.
The musical, with an original story and book written by Oscar winner Emerald Fennell, has received mainly positive reviews.
Audience members coming out of the theatre were thoroughly impressed with the performance.
One guest said the show had "Broadway written all over it" while another described it as "a brilliant twist on Cinderella".
(Production: Ben Makori, Mindy Burrows)
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