Interview: Grace Mouat, Ella in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

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Grace Mouat is currently starring as Ella in the UK premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester.  

Cinderella is the only musical written for the television by legendary duo Rodgers & Hammerstein. Originally broadcast live in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, the broadcast was watched by more than 100 million people, before subsequently being remade for TV again in 1965 and 1997 starring Whitney Houston and Brandy.  

A new Broadway version with a Tony-nominated book by Douglas Carter Beane premiered in 2013 featuring several fresh characters and songs. This will be the first time a fully staged version of the show has been performed in the UK, following a 2019 one-night concert version in London.  


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Grace was part of the original cast of Six. She understudied all six queens in the musical’s original UK tour and Edinburgh Fringe season before becoming an alternate when Six began its West End run at the Arts Theatre.  

Following a triumphant run in Six, Grace joined the original cast of & Juliet (Manchester / Shaftesbury Theatre) as Judith whilst understudying the title role. She went on to play Chrissy in Hair (Turbine), Chloe in Be More Chill (Shaftesbury Theatre) and Woman 1 in Closer Than Ever (BroadwayHD) before returning to & Juliet when it resumed its West End run, following the Covid-19 lockdowns, this time as the alternate for Juliet.  

Most recently Grace played Pilar in Lucy Moss’ revival of Legally Blonde at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.  

Grace is part of the girl group SVN, alongside the original cast of Six. She previously hosted her own podcast Cut To The Grace and vlogged on YouTube. 

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella runs at the Hope Mill Theatre until Sunday 11th December 2022. Visit for info and tickets.  

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