Cinderella Version 4



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Cinderella tells the tale of a young girl whose life is made miserable by the actions of a wicked stepmother and her ugly stepsisters. Her father Baron Hardup, died shortly after remarrying and Cinderella’s only family now consists of people who hate her. Buttons the butler, tries protecting her as much as he can, but is too shy to let her know her his true feelings for her.

When a royal ball is announced and every maiden in the kingdom is invited, Cinderella believes that her dream of marrying Prince Charming might come true. But her stepmother and stepsisters have other ideas, and Cinderella’s dreams seem cruelly dashed when she is left behind at Hardup Hall.

But the story takes a magical turn when Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother appears and makes sure that she does go to the ball. But just as her dreams seem set to become a reality, Cinderella must flee the ball at midnight and all her dreams appear to be in tatters. But thanks to her Fairy Godmother and her friend Buttons, Cinderella’s dreams do come true, and she marries her Prince Charming.

Cinderella is the number one pantomime performed each year, and the number of our versions performed every year confirms that is so. The story of Cinderella is truly magical, and this version adds to the magic.


9 principals plus several smaller roles and a chorus.


All of our scripts have a runtime of under 2hrs (not including any interval) But this is very dependent on your own production and can be edited by yourselves to suit your own needs.


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


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

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Baroness Hardup
Prince Charming
Fairy Godmother

Chorus/Minor roles

Major Domo
Villagers; Maids; Children; Palace guests; etc.

Scene One

Hardup Hall

Music cue 1: Chorus. After song ends…

Enter Buttons (SL) minus his hat. (see notes about this in properties)

BUTTONS: Hiya, boys and girls! My name’s Buttons!

CHORUS 1: Where’s your hat, Buttons?

BUTTONS: What? (feeling for it) Oh, no! (exits and returns wearing it) That was a close call. The Baroness said if she ever saw me without my hat, she’d sack me. But I’m that forgetful, it’s bound to happen again. (to audience) Would you all do me a big favour? If I ever come on without my hat, will you shout out where’s your hat, Buttons? (response) Thanks. Anyway, now that you all know my name, I’d better find out yours. (leaves stage and starts shaking hands with the front row) Hello, what’s your name? (moves to next person) Hello, what’s your name?

CHORUS 2: That’ll take forever, Buttons!

BUTTONS: You’re right. (returns to stage) Listen folks. Whenever I come on I’ll shout, Hiya folks!! And you all shout back, hiya Buttons! Okay? Oh, hang on though. If I’ve forgotten my hat, it might get a bit confusing. I know. If I’m wearing my hat, shout hiya Buttons. And if I’m not, shout, where’s your hat, Buttons? Have you got that? Some of you don’t sound too sure. We’d better have a trial run. I’ll go off and come back on and shout, Hiya folks!! And you respond, depending on whether I’m wearing my hat or not. (exits and returns wearing hat) Hiya folks!! Not bad. Now let’s have another go. (exits and returns minus hat) Hiya folks!! Fantastic! And as a thank you, I’m going to share my Chocolate Buttons with you. (produces bags of Chocolate Buttons and distributes them) Now, this place is Hardup Hall. And I work here for Baroness Hardup and her two ugly daughters, who make my life a misery.

CHORUS 3: Then why do you carry on working here?

CHORUS 4: It’s because he fancies the Baroness’s stepdaughter, Cinderella.

CHORUS 5: No I don’t! We’re best friends that’s all. She’s sweet and kind, and has a wonderful smile and…all right, I admit it. (sighs) I think she’s wonderful.

CHORUS 1: Then why don’t you ask her out?

BUTTONS: I’m too shy.

CHORUS 2: 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.

CHORUS 3: That sounds like her now.

BUTTONS: Oh gosh, my legs are turning to jelly. Maybe I’ll tell her another time.

CHORUS 4: It’s time to man up, Buttons.

Exit Maids (SL)

BUTTONS: They’re right. (psyching himself) Come on Buttons, you can do it.

Enter Cinderella (SR)

CINDERELLA: Hello Buttons!

BUTTONS: Listen Cinders, I’ve got something to tell you.

CINDERELLA: What is it, Buttons?

BUTTONS: (hand on heart – sighing) I’ve fallen head over heels in love, cinders.

CINDERELLA: Oh Buttons, I’m so happy!

BUTTONS: You are!?

CINDERELLA: Yes – now tell me all about her. What’s she like? Do I know her?

BUTTONS: Actually Cinders, it’s…

SFX: Tyre screech and loud crash.

Enter Dolce and Gabbana into the hall via a side door. During the following, Buttons and Cinders react visually to what they say.

GABBANA: Did you give the driver a generous tip, Dolce?

DOLCE: I gave him two generous tips, Gabbana. (adjusts bosom) I think that’s why he crashed.

GABBANA: At least those giant airbags cushioned the impact.

DOLCE: (adjusts bosom) What giant airbags?

GABBANA: Never mind. Tell me, what do you think of my new dress?

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

GABBANA: Are you saying my dress looks like a big-top?

DOLCE: Yes, but at least it matches your big bottom.

GABBANA: Cheek! This is a Primark Toofer.

DOLCE: A Toofer! What in the name of haute couture, is a Toofer?

GABBANA: Two for a fiver. It’s extravagant I know, but you must impress to get a man.

DOLCE: I think I’ve got one already. (sits on a man’s knee) Hello handsome.

GABBANA: Is he any good?

DOLCE: (feeling his wrist) He’s got a pulse – that’s always a good start.

GABBANA: I’ve found myself a hunk. (sits on a man’s knee) Hello, big boy.

DOLCE: He looks stunned.

GABBANA: It’s the effect my ravishing beauty has on men. How’s yours doing?

DOLCE: Mine’s going a bit blue around the edges.

GABBANA: I’m not surprised with you sitting on him.

DOLCE: I might have to do mouth to mouth regurgitation.

GABBANA: That should finish him off.

DOLCE: (squirms) Ooooh! I think this one’s mobile’s vibrating!

GABBANA: Let’s forget these two, sis’. Mumsy says we must set our sights higher when it comes to men.

DOLCE: She can talk. She married a silly old duffer with one foot in the grave.

CINDERELLA: That’s my father you’re talking about!

GABBANA: Who rattled your cage?

Uglies make their way onstage.

DOLCE: (shoves Cinders aside) Move aside, wimp! The real talent has arrived.

GABBANA: You!? I’m the one who got on X-factor.

DOLCE: They put her in the weirdo’s and misfits’ section, along with a toothless rapper from Rotherham and a break-dancing granny from Guildford.

GABBANA: (to audience) Everybody’s jealous of me you know. That’s the price one must pay, for being unbelievably gorgeous and talented.

DOLCE: I smell chocolate. Have you been at my secret stash, Cinderella?

CINDERELLA: I don’t even know where it is!

GABBANA: It’s in her bottom drawer.

DOLCE: Big gob! Now everybody will be rummaging in my drawers, trying to get their hands on it.

BUTTONS: I doubt there’ll be a rush. Anyway, the chocolate was mine and I shared it with all the boys and girls down there.

GABBANA: He’s lying for that little tramp.

DOLCE: Let’s search her, Gabby.

Uglies grab Cinderella and try bodily searching her.

CINDERELLA: (shouts) Get off me!

BUTTONS: (shouts) Leave her alone!

Enter Baroness (SL)

BARONESS: What’s all the shouting about?

GABBANA: It’s Cinderella, mumsy!

DOLCE: She’s been mean and horrible to us!

CINDERELLA: No I haven’t!

BUTTONS: It was the other way around.

BARONESS: My poor, darlings! You wicked girl, Cinderella!

GABBANA: She also invited all her chav friends around. (indicating audience) Look!

DOLCE: And Buttons gave them chocolate from my drawers.

BUTTONS: I wouldn’t go anywhere near your drawers!

BARONESS: Zip it Buttons!

GABBANA: Did you get much from Cash Converters for that old jewellery, mumsy?

BARONESS: No, they said it was all cheap rubbish.

CINDERELLA: Are things that bad, you’ve had to sell your jewellery?

BARONESS: No! I sold all the jewellery you kept hidden in a box under your bed.

CINDERELLA: But that was my mother’s jewellery!

BUTTONS: That was a rotten thing to do, baroness!

BARONESS: Button it, Buttons! (to Uglies) Come girls. I’ll take you for some retail therapy, to get over this nasty incident with Cinderella.

UGLIES: Thank you, mumsy!

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

Exit Baroness and Uglies (SL)

CINDERELLA: Oh Buttons, how could they sell my poor mother’s jewellery? (cries)

BUTTONS: Because they’re heartless Cinders, that’s why.

CINDERELLA: (unrolls the list to the floor) This lot will take me forever, Buttons!

BUTTONS: Don’t worry Cinders, I’ll help you.

CINDERELLA: Dearest, Buttons. Whatever would I do without you?

BUTTONS: That’s what friends are for Cinders. Now, let’s go and fetch all the cleaning stuff we need.

Exit Buttons and Cinderella (SR)