Cast announced for UGLY! A Cinderella Story

Today Cumbernauld Theatre Company announces the cast for its upcoming festive production ‘Ugly! A Cinderella Story’, an unforgettable new spin on the classic Cinderella story from writer Gary McNair.

The show will be brought to life by a glittering cast of theatre talent including Lauren Ellis Steele as Chantelle, Jo Freer as Maw, Laurence Boothman as the Prince and Fairy Godmother, and Eva Beattie making her professional stage debut as Cinderella. Directed by Jo Rush, the production will also feature music by Brian James O’Sullivan.

We are so excited to bring this brand new twist on the Cinderella story to Cumbernauld this Christmas. We are incredibly lucky to have Lauren, Jo, Lawrence, and Eva – a totally hilarious and talented ensemble of actors, on board to help us bring to life Gary and Brian’s silly yet heartfelt story and songs for all of our brilliant audiences.

Jo Rush, Director

I’ve always enjoyed performing in Cumbernauld, they always have excellent audiences and I can’t wait to bring this show to them. It’s a brilliant cast that I feel lucky to get to write for and a wonderful creative team to be a part of. I’m really looking forward to the fun to start in rehearsals.

Gary McNair, Writer

It’s a thrill to see Ugly! A Cinderella Story come to life on our stage. Working with this exceptional cast and the dedicated creative team has been an inspiring journey so far. We are excited to share this story’s unconventional tale and transformative magic with the audiences of Cumbernauld and beyond this December.

Fraser morrison, Producer

Stuck on the sidelines of someone else’s story, the Ugly Sister is hackit, crabbit, and desperate for a change.

Across the ballroom, fresh from her success in glowing up Cinderella with a princess-worthy frock and fancy glass slippers, the Fairy Godmother is ready to kick back and enjoy another happy-ever-after. But finding herself stuck at the Wondernauld Christmas Ball, her fairy senses start a-tingling that there’s a wish still to be granted…

Join us on a magical makeover journey with the Ugly Sister and the Fairy Godmother as they discover that true worth is on the inside, not the outside. This delightfully daft festive treat is set in the magical world of Wondernauld and is suitable for ages 7+.

Ugly! A Cinderella Story will run at Lanternhouse Main Auditorium from Sat 25 November to Sat 30 December.

Meanwhile, we’re hosting a special production for younger audiences in our Studio Theatre from Saturday 2 December to Saturday 30 December – A Ladder to the Stars, a heartfelt, humorous story of what can happen when the universe hears your dreams, produced by Visible Fictions.


Rachel Murphy

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