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Cinderella by Matthew Whittet



THEMES: Love, Identity, Comedy
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adults

The classic fairy tale, but not as you know it.


Matthew Whittet‘s Cinderella is a heartfelt fairy tale for adults about love forged offline and in person.


This Cinderella is not about princes and princesses. It’s about a single woman in her early 40s trying to go on a date, and a single guy who has an unreasonable fear of not being heard over loud music in bars. There may not be any ugly sisters, but there’s the occasional mysterious animal. There’s midnight. There’s a show. There’s dancing. And there’s beautiful transformation.


Cinderella was first produced by Belvoir, premiering downstairs at the Belvoir Street Theatre on November 15, 2014.

ISBN: 978 1 925338 81 2


"Cinderella undermines the Hollywood rom-com to hilarious effect."


"Cinderella is an accurate and timely representation of romance in the digital age."


"Whittet... playfully weaves elements of the Cinderella story and its many variants (the lost shoe, the figure of the lost mother, the transforming animal) into a bittersweet study of loneliness. You don't see any ugly sisters, but that doesn't mean they are not there."

Sydney Morning Herald

"It’s not just a play for anybody who’s been in the dating game, but a play for anybody in the dating game today … this play brings that experience to life hilariously and with great pathos."

Ben Neutze, Daily Review, 2014

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