Magnifico and sisters

Tisbe (Tamsin Slatter), Magnifico (Don Crerar) and Clorinda (Julie van Haperen)

The cast

CinderellaKatherine Cooper
RamiroRobin Whitehouse
Dandini Sean Aquilina
Clorinda Julie van Haperen
TisbeTamsin Slatter
Don Magnifico Don Crerar
Alidoro James Mitchell

LA CENERENTOLA – 2016 production

Stage director Stan Pretty MBE; Musical director Max Fane; Set designer/assistant stage director Suzanne Thomson; Producers Cathy Black, Felicity Merchant.

We broke new ground with La Cenerentola; the production was a first for us, and it was graced by a female chorus, which Rossini seems to have overlooked. As Stan Pretty said: 'Gone were the fairy godmother, the pumpkin, the coach, the glass slipper… instead of a wicked stepmother was a curmudgeonly stepfather and instead of the godmother was a wise tutor of the Prince called Alidoro.' But it was still a fairytale and a heart-warming love story.

We recruited three outstanding young professionals; four of our own members took on the challenging roles of the 'ugly' sisters, the tutor Alidoro, and that grumpy stepfather Don Magnifico; and West Berks Ballet School provided four enchanting - and enchanted - mice. And we were delighted to be awarded funding from Arts Council England, for the first time ever.

Cenerentola ensemble

Ensemble with Cinderella (Katherine Cooper) and Alidoro (James Mitchell) at R

More about this production

Photos —La Cenerentola Gallery

'Fun-filled, tuneful and touching' — the director's vision, from Stan Pretty

What's it like to play an ugly sister? Find out.

'Exceptional performances … great fun' Review by NODA

'Plays to the company's choral strength' Review by Newbury Weekly News