A Delightful Story Ballet

Christopher Wheeldon—of An American in Paris fame—updates the timeless tale of Cinderella with stunning style and charming twists. Set to the gorgeous score by Sergei Prokofiev, this ballet leaves behind the fairy godmother and talking mice in favor of a delightfully human story full of mesmerizing visual effects and the signature choreography that has made Wheeldon a fan favorite. With colorful sets and costumes by Julian Crouch, magical projections by Daniel Brodie, and breathtaking puppetry designed by Basil Twist, Wheeldon’s Cinderella is a fairy tale for our time.

“An utterly exquisite production. Funny and breathtakingly magical and tender.”
The Washington Post

Cinderella© by Christopher Wheeldon

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Sergei Prokofiev


Christopher Wheeldon


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Total run time: 2 hours and 31 minutes, including one 20 and one 15 minute intermission

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Assistant to the Choreographer: Jacquelin Barrett
Libretto: Craig Lucas
Scenic and Costume Design: Julian Crouch
Lighting Design: Natasha Katz
Tree and Carriage Sequence Direction/Design: Basil Twist
Projection Design: Daniel Brodie
Scenic Associate: Frank McCullagh

World Premiere: December 13, 2012—Dutch National Ballet, Het Muziektheater; Amsterdam, Netherlands

U.S. Premiere: May 3, 2013—San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California

Cinderella© is a co-production of San Francisco Ballet and Dutch National Ballet.

The 2013 SF Ballet premiere of Cinderella was made possible by New Productions Fund Lead Sponsors Mrs. Jeannik Méquet Littlefield, and Mr. and Mrs. John S. Osterweis; Major Sponsors Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation, and Larry and Joyce Stupski; and Sponsors Richard C. Barker, Christine H. Russell Fund of the Columbia Foundation, Suzy Kellems Dominik, Stephanie Barlage Ejabat, Gaia Fund, The William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Cecilia and Jim Herbert, and Diane B. Wilsey.