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Cinderella (stage version)

Cinderella (stage version)

By Stuart Paterson
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781854594846, 96 pages, November 2000


A classic fairy tale with a twist, from the UK's leading author of plays for young audiences.

The ugly sisters and the vicious stepmother get their come-uppance, but Cinders, in a thoroughly refreshing alternative, rejects the spoilt and arrogant Prince in favour of the genuine and reliable Buttons.

Stuart Paterson's stage version of Cinderella was first performed at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, in 1989.


Once you've seen one corny old Cinderella, this is the next one to see. Stuart Paterson has gone back to earlier versions of the story for this update which has three balls, no pumpkin, and Cinders sensibly rejecting the Prince and going off with the Buttons character.

- Robin Thornber, Guardian

'One of the most powerful children's Christmas plays written anywhere in the last 25 years'

- Scotsman

'This is on certain levels a vastly sophisticated piece, dealing in issues of hollow greed, status and inner freedom, and yet it remains at every turn a thoroughly entertaining and successful piece of children's theatre'

- Herald, Scotland