Scottish Ballet's Cinders!

£26.00 - 54.00

Evenings: 7:30pm | Matinees 2:30pm
Running time: Approximately 2 hours, including one interval
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Scottish Ballet's


A magical new Cinderella story

Scottish Ballet’s festive favourite returns for the winter season with a new name, glittering new designs, and a charming twist to the tale.

Breaking with tradition in theatre is a tradition in itself, and Scottish Ballet's playful new production of Cinders will have a surprise in store each night for audiences as the curtain rises: on some nights, Cinders will be a woman, swept off her feet by her Prince, and on others, Cinders will be a man, swept off his feet by his Princess!

Set at the turn of the 20th century in Cinders’ family-run emporium, life is sweet until tragedy strikes, leaving Cinders an orphan. Enter the new proprietor, Mrs. Thorne, an intimidating mother of three ghastly children. Treating Cinders with contempt, they turn the store into a garish version of its former self. When the Royal Ball is announced, hilarity, excitement, and chaos ensue as the Thorne family begin their frenzied preparations to attend.

Taking refuge in an enchanted rose garden, Cinders is magically spun into a vision of sophistication and beauty, worthy of charming everyone at the ball. As the story of Cinders and the Thornes unfolds, who will get their fairy-tale ending?

Choreographed by Christopher Hampson, with stunning art-nouveau-inspired set and costumes designed by Elin Steele, and Prokofiev’s irresistibly melodic score, performed live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra, Cinders is everything you adore about the enchanted fairy tale – made sparkling, fresh and new.

Be part of the magic and fall in love with this classic tale all over again.

25 and Under? Click here to find out more about £10 tickets on the day.

★ ★ ★ ★

A surprising delight

The Telegraph

★ ★ ★ ★

Entertaining and intelligent...brimming with humour

The Stage

★ ★ ★ ★

Simply beautiful

The Guardian

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This new Cinders! delights and engages all ages

The Herald

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Friends 20% off on Standard Tickets
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Groups (8+) £6 off Stalls and Dress (excl. Saturdays and Sundays) 
Please note groups cannot be booked online. If you wish to book a Group, please contact our dedicated Groups email,, or phone on 0131 529 6005.

Children £24.50, Stalls or Upper Circle; or £3 off in Dress Circle

Concessions £3 off (excl. Saturdays)
Concessions are limited and may be withdrawn at any time.

25 & Under £10 tickets available to book online on the day of the performance, subject to availability. Find out more about how to sign up

Discounts are available to people with disabilities. These cannot be booked online, please contact box office to buy your tickets. If you would like to book a wheelchair space or if you have any special requirements, please phone the box office who can advise. 

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Access Performances

Audio description
  • Sat 13 Jan, 2.30pm
Touch Tour
  • Sat 13 Jan, 1pm
Inclusive/ Relaxed Performance

Show-related events

Talk Ballet
Fri 12 & Fri 19 January, 6.30pm
Tickets £2

On special days, the magic starts a little earlier for Cinders audiences. Come along at 6.30 pm and the Scottish Ballet Artistic Team will share some insights from behind the scenes of the production, focusing on dance and music.

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Relaxed Performance
Thu 18 Jan, 2.30pm
Tickets from £16

An inclusive performance of Scottish Ballet's Cinders! for people requiring additional support and their families. To make you feel welcome, relaxed and well-supported, we’ll have lots of trained staff on hand to help with any access requirements, anyone can feel free to make noise and move around the auditorium, we’ll keep the lights on, but dimmed to reduce anxiety, and we’ll provide break out spaces with a live stream of the show so that if people would like to leave the auditorium they don't have to miss out on the action.

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More about the show

Breaking with tradition in theatre is a tradition in itself, and this year, Scottish Ballet aims to surprise and delight audiences, as on some nights the lead character of Cinders will be a woman, swept off her feet by her Prince, and on others, Cinders will be a man, swept off his feet by his Princess! Audiences will discover which ‘Cinders’ they will experience on the night when the curtain rises.

Is the production for all the family?
Absolutely – it’s a beautiful fairytale for Christmas that everyone can enjoy!

In performances where Cinders is a man will a male dancer play Cinders, and a female dancer play Cinders as a woman?
Yes, when Cinders is a man he’ll be played by a male dancer. Similarly, in performances where Cinders is a woman, a female dancer will play her.

Will audiences know in advance which gender the Cinders character will be?
No, we think the surprise will add to the fun for everyone! The names of the two dancers playing the leading parts will be posted, but not who is who.

Will the costumes differ?
No – the Princess who sweeps Cinders off his feet will wear the same sensational dress that the female Cinders will wear to the ball in her performances. There will be the same sparkle and glamour in every show!

Will the choreography differ?
Some small sections will, and you might notice some interesting nuances in movement/delivery, which is something we’re enjoying exploring. Look out for content being posted on Scottish Ballet’s social media, interrogating this more.

Will there be an LGBTQ+ pairing?
Not this time around for Cinders, but there is a gay love story blossoming in the background for a couple of the other characters.

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