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First look: Polka Theatre's Christmas production of Cinderella: the AWESOME truth

Jade Lauren (c) Tasha Best

Check out a first look Polka Theatre’s new Christmas production of Cinderella: the AWESOME truth.

The festive show is currently running through to Sunday, 30 January 2022 at the London venue in Wimbledon.

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Co-produced with One Tenth Human (Arthur, Edinburgh Fringe First winner) and written and directed by Sarah Punshon (The Box of Photographs, Polka Theatre), the festive treat has been co created with Toni-Dee Paul (Artist Associate, Selina Thompson Ltd) and features music and lyrics by the award-winning Felix Hagan (Operation Mincemeat, New Diorama Theatre).

James Keningale, Jade Lauren, LJ Parkinson (c) Tasha Best (2)
James Keningale, Jade Lauren, LJ Parkinson (c) Tasha Best (2)
James Keningale, LJ Parkinson, Jade Lauren, Tiajna Amayo (c) Tasha Best
James Keningale, LJ Parkinson, Jade Lauren, Tiajna Amayo (c) Tasha Best
James Keningale, Tiajna Amayo (c) Tasha Best
James Keningale, Tiajna Amayo (c) Tasha Best
James Keningale, Tiajna Amayo, Jade Lauren, LJ Parkinson (c) Tasha Best (2)
James Keningale, Tiajna Amayo, Jade Lauren, LJ Parkinson (c) Tasha Best (2)
James Keningale, Tiajna Amayo, Jade Lauren, LJ Parkinson (c) Tasha Best
James Keningale, Tiajna Amayo, Jade Lauren, LJ Parkinson (c) Tasha Best

Inspired by conversations with children and scientists about the classic fairy story and healthy body image, it promises to be a fun and refreshingly modern take on a beloved story.

The production features a cast of upcoming stars and West End talent, including Jade Lauren (Rent, Shaw Theatre) as Cindy, Tiajna Amayo (NYT REP company) as Ella, James Keningale (Henry V, OVO) as Prince Charming and LJ Parkinson (Death Drop, The Garrick Theatre) as Dandini.

LJ Parkinson, Tiajna Amayo, James Keningale, Jade Lauren (c) Tasha Best
LJ Parkinson, Tiajna Amayo, James Keningale, Jade Lauren (c) Tasha Best
Jade Lauren, James Keningale (c) Tasha Best
Jade Lauren, James Keningale (c) Tasha Best
LJ Parkinson, Tiajna Amayo, Jade Lauren (c) Tasha Best
LJ Parkinson, Tiajna Amayo, Jade Lauren (c) Tasha Best
LJ Parkinson, Tiajna Amayo, Jade Lauren, James Keningale (c) Tasha Best
LJ Parkinson, Tiajna Amayo, Jade Lauren, James Keningale (c) Tasha Best
Tiajna Amayo, Jade Lauren (c) Tasha Best
Tiajna Amayo, Jade Lauren (c) Tasha Best

The show has feature set and costume design by Oliver Townsend (Macbeth, Manchester Royal Exchange) with puppets created by Judith Hope (The RSC/V&A Museum), with lighting & video by Gillian Tan (South Pacific, Chichester Festival Theatre), and sound design by Tom Attwood (Holes, Nottingham Playhouse). The creative team also includes movement director Jreena Green (The Fantastic Flitcrofts, Working Title Films) and One Tenth Human producer Rafia Hussain (What Fatima Did, Derby Theatre).

Tickets and more information can be found online from polkatheatre.com

Tiajna Amayo, LJ Parkinson, Jade Lauren (c) Tasha Best
Tiajna Amayo, LJ Parkinson, Jade Lauren (c) Tasha Best
Tiajna Amayo, James Keningale (c) Tasha Best
Tiajna Amayo, James Keningale (c) Tasha Best
Tiajna Amayo, Jade Lauren, LJ Parkinson (c) Tasha Best
Tiajna Amayo, Jade Lauren, LJ Parkinson (c) Tasha Best
Tiajna Amayo, Jade Lauren (c) Tasha Best (2)
Tiajna Amayo, Jade Lauren (c) Tasha Best (2)
Tiajna Amayo (c) Tasha Best (2)
Tiajna Amayo (c) Tasha Best (2)
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