Last tickets remaining for the fairytale with a ‘sassy spin’ that audiences in Sale are raving about

The Not So Ugly Sisters is inspired by everybody’s favourite fairytale - Cinderella. 

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 22nd December 2021

Audiences have been raving about the 5* Christmas fairytale with a “sassy spin” since it arrived at Sale’s flagship arts centre last month.

And there’s not long left now to grab tickets to see it for yourself.

In case you hadn’t heard, towards the end of November, the previously-unloved and ill-fated ugly sisters arrived at Waterside in Sale to “sing some songs, right some wrongs, and tell it how it is” in a brand-new musical play.

The play is titled The Not So Ugly Sisters, and it’s inspired by everybody’s favourite fairytale, Cinderella. 

Presented by award-winning children’s theatre makers, Wrongsemble – in a co-production with Leeds Playhouse and Red Ladder – audiences lucky enough to have already see it have been calling The Not So Ugly Sisters a “funny, fast-paced family show”.


According to an overview for the jam-packed show, the action centres around Dolly and Barb in their hairdressing salon on the day of their sister Cindy’s wedding to Prince Smarming. Thinking that they have not been invited to the so-called event of the year, the sisters gather to share their story and wash their woes right out of their hair.

With the salon phone only ringing for customers to cancel their blow-dry appointments, it’s time for the sisters to tell the much-loved story from their perspective.


“Hell hath no fury like a hairdresser scorned.”

Waterside says the family-friendly show runs at just under an hour with no interval, and is filled with “up-tempo original songs, puppetry, and funky moves.”

The Not So Ugly Sisters is inspired by everybody’s favourite fairytale – Cinderella / Credit: Waterside / Wrongsemble

Older children and adults are also bound to love the sassy spin on this classic fairytale, with plenty of references to Love Island, cancel culture, and cracking tunes.


It’s been dubbed the perfect family outing this festive season in a COVID-secure environment.

Giving a little more insight into the show’s stay at Waterside Sale, Elvi Piper – Artistic Director at Wrongsemble – said: “We’ve been waiting for two years to entertain the good people of Manchester with this ultimate family feel-good festive feast of a show – which has something in it for everyone.

“Live theatre is well and truly back with a fairytale bang.”

The Not So Ugly Sisters runs at Waterside until Saturday 1 January 2022, and a range of different tickets and ticket packages are still on sale.

Tickets start from just £12, and milk and cookie packs are also available to pre-order.


You can grab yours here.

Featured Image – Waterside / Wrongsemble