Carrie Hope Fletcher has said that performing at a production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella in London’s West End “has been a ball.”
He performed the final show on Sunday, less than a year later at the Gillian Lynn Theatre, which was affected by the disruption related to COVID-19 from the start.
Fletcher, who starred in the title role, said on Instagram: “From the first workshop, from the first photoshoot to the last show.
“There have been many ups and downs on this project over the past three years, but overall I’m glad I stood in Cinderella’s glass slippers (and fun fact… her Kurt Giggers… not Doctor Martens).
“Everybody at Gillian Lynn from the cast to the crew, from the lighting to the wardrobe to the dresser to the wigs, from the stage management to the front of the house… it’s been an honor and a privilege to come to work.”
The 29-year-old thanked everyone who supported the show “from beginning to end”.
She continued: “It meant the world to each of us. Goodbye, Cinders. It’s been a ball.”
Last July, Lloyd Webber said he was determined to open Cinderella in London and ignored the “sound of the sirens” at that stage, suggesting that he take it to Broadway.
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The Cinderella premiere, which took place in August last year, was scheduled for the last month, but was delayed due to the Covid isolation protocol.
The show opened with an audience capacity of 50% after impresario declined Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s offer to include the show in a coronavirus live event pilot plan.
Then in December, Cinderella was halted due to a “Covid-related absence”, along with London productions of the hit musicals Hamilton and The Lion King.
At the time, Lloyd Webber said it was “simply heartbreaking” to see the theater industry being “destroyed” by cancellations, adding “no one in the government listens”.
He postponed Cinderella until 2022 “to avoid further disruption” as the number of COVID-19 cases rose across the country.
Written by The Crown star Emerald Fennell, Cinderella has been described as a “complete reinvention” of the classic story, and is based on an original idea by Fennell.