Cinderella at The Vaults

London theatre news: Tuesday 17 September 2019

Off-West End - Panto - Shows

James Seabright presents the Not Too Tame production of Cinderella - a panto set in a pub, complete with karaoke - at The Vaults from 22 November to 12 January.
Cinderella at The Vaults

Photography by Patch Dolan includes previous cast members

Taking the term 'pub theatre' quite literally, Cinderella is an outrageous site-specific show that takes all the best of traditional British panto and tops it off with a pint.

Penned by Luke Barnes (All We Ever Wanted Was Everything), this knees up of a night out brings all the characters you know, plus karaoke and much else besides on the menu too.

The show will be at The Vaults from 22 November to 12 January with opening night on 28 November (synopsis and more details below).

Crammed with live music, bingo, and a touch of midnight magic, Cinderella will have audiences dancing in the aisles and laughing off their baubles.

Think The Royle Family crossed with Elf ... all set in a local boozer where the audience buy their drinks from the on-stage bar.

Artistic director and founder of Not Too Tame, Jimmy Fairhurst said ...

"I'm thrilled to be coming to the Vaults with our first ever Christmas show, created with award-winning writer Luke Barnes.

Cinderella is a great night out, that is accessible to anyone and everyone that enjoys a few drinks, a sing song and time with their friends and loved ones after a hard day's graft.

This show is a culmination of several years of honing our craft, the 360-degree live experience is a testament to our ability to throw a kicking party."

About the writer

Luke Barnes' first play Chapel Street was a hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before transferring and embarking on a UK tour.

He followed it with Bottleneck, produced by HighTide and which transferred to the Soho Theatre.

After becoming writer on attachment to the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and Soho Theatre his work began to move towards a culture of attracting new, untraditional, audiences and in 2014 he made The Saints with Matthew Dunster at the Nuffield, Southampton.

Luke went on to work with Hull based Middle Child where he made Weekend Rockstars, Ten Storey Love Song and All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, and remains an associate.

Luke then made No One Will Tell Me How To Start A Revolution at Hampstead Theatre.

During this time, Luke began work with the Young Vic's Taking Part department where he started to think about the power of theatre for social good.

He made Men In Blue at Latitude with a group of men who had depression, bipolar, or schizophrenia, FABLE, with refugees, and latterly The Jumper Factory in HMP Wandsworth which went on to have a full production at the Young Vic before going on tour.

Luke's work has since taken a step into giving platform for other people's voices and has made several plays for young people including Loki & Cassie at the Almeida, The Sad Club for the National Theatre, Lost Boys New Town and The Class for the National Youth Theatre.

About the company

Not Too Tame came out of a desire to create well-crafted, entertaining and socially important work that appeals to a working-class community.

Money, subject matter and a misrepresentation of the working class are all factors that have helped distance people from the arts; challenging this is a key driving force in their work today.

Of all previous Not Too Tame theatre shows 26% of attendees were first-time theatre goers.

Previous productions include Oi For England (Cardiff and Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Early Doors (sell out show Edinburgh Fringe 2014 and 2016), Electric Eden (opened the Shanghai International Festival 2017).

Not Too Tame 's patrons are Christopher Ecclestone and Stephen Tompkinson.

They are members of the Push Things Forward Collective with Middle Child and Nabokov.

Show listing information


The Great British pantomime, staged in a traditional English pub!

This unique twist on the Cinderella story sees all the characters you know, love and hate colliding in a local boozer, where the audience are welcomed to the heart of the action to witness pints spilled, mates pulled and hearts poured out on the karaoke.

Crammed with live music, mayhem and a touch of midnight magic, Cinderella will have you dancing in the aisles and laughing your baubles off.

Think The Royle Family meets Elf, in a bespoke pub theatre within The Vaults complex beneath Waterloo station.

Award-winning theatre company Not Too Tame have teamed up with top theatre and TV writer Luke Barnes for this acclaimed new version of the classic Cinderella story, which premiered to rave reviews on a national tour last year.

So, get your mistletoe out, buy a drink from the on-stage bar, and shake your tinsel for some spectacular festive entertainment, because Cinderella is coming to town.


Rosa Coduri (Cinderella)

Jack Condon (Prince Charming)

Jimmy Fairhurst (Mike)

Louise Haggerty (Simone)

Lizzie Hopley (Judy)

Patrick Knowles (Buttons)

Megan Pemberton (Garfunkel)


Author: Luke Barnes
Director: Jimmy Fairhurst
Production: James Seabright


The Vaults - The Vaults Theatre
Leake Street


From: Friday 22 November 2019

Closed: Sunday 12 January 2020


Standard: From £32


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