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Prince to get new Cinders at Lyceum

Julie Heatherill (Cinderella) and Martin McCormick (Prince Pierre) in the Royal Lyceum Edinburgh's Cinderella, December 2012. Photo Eoin Carey.

First look at Julie Heatherill (Cinderella) and Martin McCormick (Prince Pierre). Photo: Eoin Carey.

By Thom Dibdin

Julie Heatherill has  been announced to take over the title role in the Royal Lyceum’s production of Cinderella.

She replaces Amiera Darwish who is no longer able to play the role after recently contracting tonsillitis. Zoe Halliday has joined the company as Acting ASM/Understudy for Cinderella.

In a statement the Lyceum said: “Amiera is currently starring in the musical Glasgow Girls at the Citizen’s Theatre, Glasgow, and as Cinderella also requires singing it has been mutually agreed, with reluctance, that Amiera withdraw from Cinderella. Whilst we are disappointed to lose her, we recognise this is in the best interests of everyone concerned and wish her well for a full recovery.”

The production will be in a new version of the tale, written by Johnny McKnight and directed by Mark Thomson with original songs by Alan Penman. McKnight has relocated the story to modern-day Paris where Cinderella lives happily with her father (Grant O’Rourke). Her world is shattered by the arrival of the wonderfully hilarious and awful ‘new sisters’ Collete and Camille (Nicola Roy and Jo Freer) and their truly terrifying mother, Monique (Jayne McKenna).

Add Cinderella’s longing for the love of a rather unique Prince (Martin McCormick) and the realisation that sometimes your true love comes in a completely different disguise to what you would ever expect and you have the makings of a classic McKnight adventure into the pantosphere. Now, where is that Fairy Godmother when you need her?

Mother is played by Gail Watson and Boy by Spencer Charles Noll.  ASM/Female Understudy/Dance Captain is Zoë Halliday and Acting ASM/Understudy is Gregor Firth.

Cinderella runs at the Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, November 30 – 29 December.

Full details on the Lyceum website here: www.lyceum.org.uk

Julie Heatherill (Cinderella) and Martin McCormick (Prince Pierre) in the Royal Lyceum Edinburgh's Cinderella, December 2012. Photo Eoin Carey.

And here are Julie Heatherill (Cinderella) and Martin McCormick (Prince Pierre) in all their glory. The production’s designer is Ken Harrison. Photo Eoin Carey.

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