Written and directed by Susie Mckenna, Cinderella returns to the Hackney Empire stage revamped to entertain audiences with its mix of music and comedy which is guaranteed to appeal to families of all age groups.

Using a mix of contemporary and classic compositions which make light of current political themes, it manages to be a modern adaptation without disregarding its central theme.

The casting is refreshingly diverse with Aisha Jawando starring as the mistreated but impervious Cinderella, constantly bullied by her jealous and conniving stepmother Countess Anastasia played by Mckenna herself.

The show doesn’t hold back on tongue in cheek humour with Kat B and Tony Whittle hilariously devious as the wicked steps sisters Victiqua and Queeniqua. While their sinister mother is the perfect pantomime villain drawing the disapproval of the audience every time she appears on the stage.

In addition, Cinderella’s best friend Buttons played by Darren Hart adds to the humour with his physical comedy routines and crowd engagements throughout.

On the singing front fairy Godmother played by Krysten Cummings particularly shines with some soulful moments and Baron Hardup played by Peter Straker stands out with a crooning rendition of Rag’n’Bone Man’s Human.

Nonetheless, those wanting a more conventional adaptation may be left disappointed with this modern take on the classic fairytale but in terms of sheer comedy value it definitely ticks the right boxes and serves enough to leave you entertained overall.


Cinderella is on at the Hackney Empire until the 31st of December. Find out more and book tickets here.