Matthew Bourne's Cinderella. Photograph: Johan Persson
Matthew Bourne's Cinderella. Photograph: Johan Persson

​London in the second world war is the setting for Matthew Bourne’s ballet, Cinderella, which returns to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal next week.

Bourne’s interpretation of the classic fairytale has, at its heart, a true war-time romance.

A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, who are together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the blitz.

It will be staged in Nottingham from Tuesday, March 6 to Saturday, March 10.

Matthew Bourne said: “Cinderella is one of my most heartfelt works and a personal favourite among my re-imagined classic stories.

“I am delighted to have brought together this cast of current star performers, experienced New Adventures veterans and exciting young talent.

“I am thrilled to see another generation of company dancers take on this beloved production.”

Fresh from their triumph playing Victoria Page in The Red Shoes, the role of Cinderella will be performed by Cordelia Braithwaite and Ashley Shaw.

Cinderella’s heroic pilot, Harry, will be played by Will Bozier, Andrew Monaghan and Dominic North.

The Angel — Cinderella’s Fairy GodFather — will be danced by Paris Fitzpatrick and Liam Mower, while Cinderella’s step-mother is played by Madelaine Brennan, and Anjali Mehra, and her father by Alan Vincent and Dan Wright.

Cinderella will be performed in Surround Sound, designed by Paul Groothuis, and featuring a specially-commissioned recording played by a 60-piece orchestra.

STAND-UP comedian Georgie Morrell gives her account of facing inevitable blindness with her brand of humour at the Theatre Royal on Monday.

A Poke In The Eye is part-autobiographical and part-fiction performed by the partially-sighted comic.

It follows two successful Edinburgh runs, a London transfer and a UK tour.