• Cinderella Version 4

Synopsis:
Baroness Hardup cannot repay her payday loans and is being threatened with the bailiffs. But when she hears that the palace are throwing a royal ball in order that the Prince may find himself a wife, she starts plotting a way to get him to marry one of her ugly daughters. Her plans look threatened when the Prince falls for Cinderella, her put upon stepdaughter. The Prince is about to propose to Cinders at the ball, when to his dismay she turns and flees when the clock begins to strike midnight. However, she loses one of her glass slippers and in order to find her again, the Prince sets out to try the slipper on the foot of every maiden in the kingdom and promises to marry whomever it fits. Seeing her chance, the Baroness locks Cinders away and tries tricking the Prince into believing that the slipper belongs to one of her daughters. But thanks to her friend Buttons and her Fairygodmother, the truth is uncovered and Cinders marries her Prince, while the Baroness and the Uglies get their punishment.

Roles:
12 principals plus a chorus.

Runtime:
All of our scripts have a runtime of approx 120 minutes, assuming that you use the full number of suggested musical numbers and not including any interval. But this is very dependent on your own production and can be edited by yourselves to suit.

Music:
All of our pantomimes come with a full, suggested songs and music cues and SFX list.

Style:
Traditional British pantomime, incorporating visual comedy, slapstick and audience participation.




Characters
Cinderella
Buttons
Dolce
Gabanna
Baroness Hardup
Prince Charming
Dandini
Mr Quickquid
Mr Wonga
Fairygodmother
King
Queen
Chambers

Chorus/Minor roles
Maids
Villagers
Children
Orphans
Ball Guests
Palace guests, etc


Scene One

Hardup Hall


Music cue 1: Chorus/Maids. After song ends...

Buttons enters (SR) minus his traditional hat.

Buttons
(to audience) Hiya, kids! My name’s Buttons, and I’m... 

Maid 1
(to Buttons)…Where’s your hat, Buttons?

Buttons
(feeling for it) Oh no, I’ve forgotten it! (runs off and returns wearing it) That was a close call. The Baroness said if she ever saw me without my hat on, she’d dock my wages. But I’m so forgetful it’s bound to happen again. (to audience) I say, would you all do me a big favour? (audience respond) Anytime you see me come on without my hat, I want you to shout out ‘where’s your hat, Buttons?’ Will you do that? (audience respond) Great. And now that you all know my name, I’d better find out yours. (goes into audience and starts shaking hands with the front row) Hello, I’m Buttons, what’s your name? (to next person) Hello, I’m Buttons, what’s your name?

Maid 2
(scolding) Don’t be silly Buttons! That’ll take forever!

Buttons
You’re right. (returns to stage and speaks to audience) I tell you what. Whenever I come on I’ll shout 'hiya kids' and you can all shout back 'hiya Buttons!’ Let's have a go then. (shouts) Hiya kids! (audience respond) That was brilliant! Oh, hang on though. If I’ve forgotten my hat, it might get a bit confusing. I know, if I’m wearing my hat just shout ‘hiya Buttons and if I’ve forgotten my hat just shout ‘where’s your hat, Buttons?’ Have you got that? (audience respond) You don’t sound too sure. Right then, I’ll go off and come back on and shout ‘hiya kids’ and you respond depending on whether I’m wearing my hat or not, okay. (exits and returns with his hat on) Hiya kids! (audience respond) Not bad, but let’s have another go. (exits and returns minus his hat - see footnote in properties) Hiya kids! (audience respond) Well done. And as a thank you, I'm going to share my Chocolate Buttons with you. (produces several bags of Chocolate Buttons and throws them out) Now this is ‘Hardup Hall’ and I work here for Baroness Hardup and her two daughters. 

Maid 3
Who are absolute horrors.

Buttons 
(to audience) It's true. Them and the Baroness make my life a misery.

Maid 4
Then why do you carry on working here, Buttons?

Maid 5
It’s because he fancies the Baroness’s stepdaughter, ‘Cinderella.’

Buttons 
(bluffing) No I don’t!  We’re just best friends that’s all.  (wistful) She’s kind and witty, and has this wonderful smile and...

Maid 1
...And you fancy her.

Buttons
(giving in) All right, I admit it. (dreamily) I think she’s wonderful. 

Maid 2
Then why don’t you ask her out?

Buttons
Oh no, I couldn’t possibly. (goes all shy) I’m too shy.

Maid 3
Faint heart never won fair maiden, Buttons.

Buttons
You’re right.  The next time I see Cinders, I’ll tell her how I feel about her.

Cinderella is heard singing offstage.

Maid 4
That sounds like her now.

Buttons
(losing his nerve) Oh gosh, my legs are starting to turn to jelly. (legs wobble comically) Maybe I’ll ask her another time.

Maid 5
Come on, Buttons. It's time to man up. (to other Maids) Let’s go girls.

Maids exit (SL)

Buttons
(summoning up courage) She’s right. It's now or never. (to audience) Wish me luck.

Cinderella enters (SR) wearing a ragged old dress.

Cinderella
Hello Buttons.

Buttons
Hi, Cinders! (spots her dress) Why are you wearing that ragged old dress, Cinders?

Cinderella 
I ran out of cleaning rags, and my stepmother made me rip up my last decent dress to make more. This is my best dress now.

Buttons 
Poor Cinders. (elicits audience sympathy) Aaah! (audience respond) It’s sadder than that! 

Cinderella
Never mind Buttons. It’s not as if I ever go anywhere, is it? 

Buttons
Listen Cinders, I have something to tell you.

Cinderella
What is it, Buttons?

Buttons
(sighs with hands on his heart) I’ve fallen head-over-heels in love, Cinders.

Cinderella
(thrilled) Oh Buttons, I’m so happy! 

Buttons
(mistakenly) You are?

Cinderella
Yes, now tell me all about her. What’s she like? Do I know her?

Buttons
Actually Cinders, it’s…(is interrupted by Dolce & Gabanna’s entrance)

SFX: Tyre screech and loud crash followed by a car door slamming.

Dolce and Gabanna enter noisily from side door of hall. During the following, Buttons and Cinders react visually.

Gabanna
(to Dolce) Did you give the driver a generous tip?

Dolce
I gave him two generous tips. (adjusts bosom) I think that’s why he crashed

Gabanna
Well at least those giant airbags, stopped you going through the windscreen

Dolce
(adjusts bosom again) What giant airbags?

Gabanna
Never mind. Now tell me, what do you think of my new dress?

Dolce
Call that a dress? I thought the circus must be in town.

Gabanna
Are you saying my dress looks like a tent?

Dolce
Let’s just say you’ve got a big top. (glances at her rear) Not to mention a big bottom.

Gabanna
This dress is a Primarni Toofer.

Dolce
A Toofer! What in the name of haute couture is a ‘Toofer’?

Gabanna
Two-fer-a fiver. It’s extravagant I know, but you’ve got to look good to get a man. (picks on a man in audience) Ooooh! I think I’ve got one already. (sits on man's knee) Well hello, big boy.

Dolce 
Is he any good?

Gabanna
(feeling his wrist) Well, he’s got a pulse. That’s always a good start.

Dolce
I think I’ve found myself a rich one. (sits on another man’s knee)

Gabanna
How can you tell he’s rich?

Dolce 
(checking his legs) He’s got matching socks on. And an iPhone in his pocket…it seems. (squirms) Ooooh! I think it’s set on vibrate!

Gabanna
What does he look like?

Dolce 
Stunned. It’s the effect I have on men you know. Beauty is such a curse sometimes. How’s yours doing?

Gabanna
Mine’s going a bit blue round the edges. 

Dolce
I’m not surprised with you sitting on him.

Gabanna
I might have to do mouth to mouth resuscitation.

Dolce
Well that ought to finish him off. 

Gabanna
(standing) On second thought, let’s forget these two, sis'. Mummy says we should set our sights higher when it comes to men.

Dolce
(standing) She can talk. She married a silly old duffer with one foot in the grave.

Cinderella
(offended) That’s my father you’re talking about!

Gabanna
(turns to Cinders) Who rattled your cage?

The Uglies make their way onstage. Music cue 2: 

Dolce 
(pushing Cinders aside) Move over! The real talent's arrived at last.

Gabanna
Talent!  You?  I’m the one who got on X-factor.

Dolce 
Yes. (to audience) They put her in the weirdo’s and misfits section, along with the toothless rapper from Rotherham and the break-dancing granny from Guildford.

Gabanna
You’re just jealous! (to audience) Everybody’s jealous of me you know.  That’s the price one has to pay for being so gorgeous and talented. (strikes a pose) 

Dolce
(to Buttons) By the way, Buttons. I hear you’ve got yourself a girlfriend. 

Buttons
Maybe. What’s it to you?

Gabanna
She must be desperate to go out with a nerd like you.

Uglies
(performing in front of Buttons) #Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was hot like us…?#

The Uglies stop performing.

Dolce
(sniffing) I smell chocolate. (poking Cinders) Have you been at my secret stash?

Cinderella
No I haven't! I don’t even know where it is.

Gabanna
It’s in her bottom drawer.

Dolce 
Bigmouth! Now everybody will be rooting around in my drawers, trying to get their hands on my goodies!

Buttons
Somehow, I don’t think there’ll be a big rush. Anyway, the chocolate was mine and I was sharing it with all the boys and girls down there. (indicates audience)

Dolce 
I don’t believe you. (to Gabanna) Let’s search him, Gabby.

Uglies grab Buttons and start to bodily search him all over. He squirms around comically, and during the kerfuffle all three ad lib loudly.

The Baroness enters (SL)

Baroness
What’s all that noise about?

Uglies suddenly feign innocence.

Gabanna
It’s Cinderella, mummy. She’s being really mean to us.

Dolce 
She’s been calling us all sorts of nasty names.

Baroness
(sympathetic) Oh, my poor innocent little darlings! (to Cinders) You wicked child! 

Cinderella
I wasn’t being mean to them! (to audience) Was I? (audience respond) See?

Buttons 
It was the other way round.

Gabanna
She also invited lots of her chav friends round. (indicating audience) Look!

Dolce
And Buttons gave them chocolate from my drawers.

Buttons
I wouldn’t go anywhere near your drawers!

Baroness
(snaps) Zip it Buttons! I'll deal with you later.

Gabanna
Did you get much from ‘Cash Converters for all that old jewellery, mummy?

Baroness
No, most of it was cheap rubbish.

Cinderella
Are things that bad, that you’ve had to sell your jewellery in order to pay the bills?

Baroness
No. I sold all that jewellery you kept in a box under your bed.

Cinderella
But that was my mother’s jewellery, passed down through my family!

Baroness
(sweetly to Cinders) We’re your family now, Cinderella.

Buttons
Some family. (aside to audience) They make the Addams family seem normal.

Baroness 
I care for you like you were my own flesh and blood.

Cinderella
Do you really mean that, stepmother?

Baroness
Of course not, you lazy little brat!  I can’t stand the sight of you!  (to Uglies) Come along girls, I’ll take you for some retail therapy. 

Uglies
Thank you, mumsy!

Baroness
(handing Cinders a list) Here’s a list of extra chores. And they’d better be done by the time I get back, or else!

Baroness and Uglies exit (SL)

Cinderella 
Oh Buttons, how could they sell my poor mother’s stuff? (cries)

Buttons
Because they're heartless, that’s why. 

Cinderella
(pulling herself together) Well I won’t, let myself be beaten by them.

Buttons
That’s the spirit, Cinders. And don’t worry about all those extra chores, I’ll help you get them done.

Cinderella
Thanks Buttons. (unrolls the list to the floor) Gosh! This lot will take forever!

Buttons
Then the sooner we get started, the better.  

Cinderella
You're such a good friend Buttons. What would I do without you.?

Buttons
That's what friends are for, Cinders. Music cue 3: Buttons and Cinders. After song ends…Now let's go to Poundland and fetch all the cleaning stuff we need.

They exit (SR)

Blackout - cloth/tabs in - lights up.


Scene Two

The Road To The Village


Music cue 4: Chambers enters (USR) followed by the King and Queen.

Queen
How much further is it to the village, Chambers?

Chambers
We’re almost there, your majesty.

King
It certainly is a lovely day for a royal whereabout.

Chambers
‘Walkabout’, your majesty.

King
I am walking about!  Didn’t you notice me putting one foot in front of the other? 

Queen
And where is Charming? He’s supposed to be here with us. 

Chambers
I believe he’s gone hunting with Dandini, your majesty.

Queen
But we can’t make the announcement without him.

King
Why not?

Queen 
Because I gave him your speech to bring along, in case you forgot it. 

King
I never forget anything important.

Queen 
You forgot our wedding anniversary.

King
Like I said. I never forget anything ‘important.’

Queen 
(annoyed) Ooooh! You rude royal!

King
Well if there’s no speech to read, we might as well go home. 

Chambers
(to King) Didn’t you memorise it, your majesty? 

Queen
(dryly) He couldn’t memorise the ingredients on a bottle of water.

King
All I know, is that a ball’s been arranged in order that Charming can pick himself a bride.

Chambers
I wouldn’t hold your breath, your majesties. The Prince believes that people should only marry for love.

King 
Well it’s time he realised that one must put one’s royal duty, before one’s personal happiness…like I did.

Queen
Well said dear…(realises)…what!?

Chambers
Pardon me your majesties, but I took the liberty of running off some posters, informing people about the ball. (produces several rolled up posters)

King
Excellent! Put them up around the village. We’re off back at the palace. 

King and Queen exit (USR) Chambers pins a poster to signpost and exits (DSL)

Music cue 5: Buttons and Cinderella enter (DSR) carrying mops and buckets and bags of cleaning stuff.

Cinderella 
This lot should last us a few days, Buttons.

Buttons
‘Days!’ I was thinking ‘weeks.’

Cinderella
Not with the amount of work I have to do.

Buttons
(spots the notice) Hello! What’s this? (studies it)

Cinderella
What does it say, Buttons?

Buttons
(reading) It says ‘a grand ball will be held tomorrow night at the palace, and all eligible maidens in the land are invited to attend. Prince Charming also will be there to welcome guests personally'.

Cinderella
How exciting!  I hear the Prince is very dashing.

Buttons
(aside to audience) Sounds like he might have incontinence, to me.

Cinderella
And who knows. Maybe I'll meet someone special, just like you Buttons.

Buttons
You think I’m ‘special’ Cinders?

Cinders
No…I mean…yes…I mean, maybe I’ll meet someone special just like you have.

Buttons 
Oh, I see.

Cinderella
(suddenly downbeat) Oh, but I can’t possibly go to a ball when all I have to wear are ragged old dresses. I suppose I’ll just have to forget all about it. (sighs heavily) Why does nothing ever go right for me, Buttons?

Buttons
(sympathetic) Don’t worry Cinders, I’ll think of a way of getting you to the ball.

Cinderella
If you manage that Buttons, I’ll save you a dance. (laughs) If the Prince can spare me that is. (sighs) Who am I kidding? No one would look twice at a girl like me. 

Buttons
I would Cinders. (looks away and then back at her) See? I’m looking twice.

Cinderella
Oh Buttons, you do make me laugh.

Buttons
Then maybe you ought to sit in the audience and show them how it’s done.

Cinderella
Would you like to come to the woods with me later?

Buttons
(thrilled) Yes please, Cinders! (dreamily) I can picture it now. You and me…the warm sun…birds singing. We could sit on the grass and…

Cinderella
…Pick strawberries.

Buttons
(puzzled) Pick strawberries?

Cinderella
Yes, it’s on my list of chores.

Buttons
(deflated to audience) I thought it was too good to be true. 

Cinderella
We’ll just drop this lot off home first.

Buttons
Okay, Cinders. 

They exit (SL)

Baroness and Uglies enter (SR) The Uglies each carry one tiny shopping bag.

Gabanna
(moaning) What a pathetic shopping trip that was.

Dolce 
(to Baroness) How come this is all we bought, mummy?

Baroness
It’s because we’ve run out of cash. 

Dolce
Can’t you get a payday loan?

Baroness
I did, and now they’re threatening to send the Bailiffs round. (spots the notice) What's this? (reading) ‘A grand ball will be held tomorrow night at the palace, and all eligible maidens in the land are invited to attend. Prince Charming also will be there to welcome guests personally'.

Gabanna 
Well there are no more eligible maidens than us...(to Dolce)…right Dolce?

Dolce
Right sis’. (wryly) We’ve been eligible for decades.

Baroness
The Prince is probably hoping to choose a bride from amongst the maidens there. That’s it, girls! If you want to keep a roof over your pretty little heads, one of you must marry the Prince.

Gabanna 
Don’t worry mummy, he’s bound to marry one of us. After all, we are the most gorgeous girls around here. (to audience) Aren’t we? (audience respond)

Uglies
Oh yes, we are! (audience respond)

Baroness
You’re both stunning, girls. And I have a cunning plan to make sure that one of you marries the Prince. 

Uglies
But which one?

Baroness
It doesn’t matter. Just as long as you get your hands on his loot.

Dolce
(knowingly) It’s not the only thing I’ll get my hands on.

Gabanna
Oh Dolce, you are wicked!

Uglies laugh hysterically.

Music cue 6: Bailiffs, Quickquid and Wonga enter (SR)

Quickquid
Good afternoon ladies. I wonder if you could help us out. 

Dolce 
Certainly. Which way did you come in?

Wonga
I’m Mr Quickquid and this is my associate Mr Wonga. We’re Bailiffs and we’re looking for Baroness Hardup.

Gabanna
(about to give the game away) But mummy’s…

Baroness
(interrupts)…Girls! Run along home and prepare a picnic. 

Dolce
A picnic!

Gabanna
What for?

Baroness
I’ll explain all later.

Uglies
Yes, mummy! (they exit SL)

Baroness
(to Bailiffs) Now gentlemen, you were saying?


Cinderella Version 4

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