Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End production of Cinderella The Musical is to host a special gala performance at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in conjunction with Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai with all proceeds of ticket sales donated to the Malala Fund, Yousafzai's nonprofit organization that advocates for the education of girls' worldwide.
Lloyd-Webber said in a statement about the special performance, "I am an enormous admirer of Malala. She is an extraordinary person and you can imagine my delight when I discovered that she loved musical theatre. I wanted to do this gala performance of Cinderella because our heroine is a strong-willed and mischievous young woman whose lesson is: don’t change to please others."
Webber's latest West End offering casts Cinderella, played by Carrie Hope Fletcher, as the town misfit for her goth look and sharp tongue, which don't conform with the town's very rigid beauty standards. Following the plot of the classic fairytale, Cinderella is determined to go to the lavish ball being hosted by Prince Charming and receives a magical temporary makeover from a Godmother, and while she finds true love she also discovers out how to stay true to herself. Cinderella features music by Webber, lyrics by David Zippel, and a book by Emerald Fennell.
The gala performance of Cinderella will be staged on November 22nd at the Gillian Lynne Theatre. The special event will also feature some work from contemporary Afghan artist Shamsia Hassani, and stories of female Afghan musicians.
Cinderella The Musical tickets are on sale now.