Loudon SAINTHILL, Costume design for the ugly sister from Cinderella Enlarge 1 /1


Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 1919 – London, England 1969

  • England 1939-40 and from 1949

Costume design for the ugly sister from Cinderella [Design for Cinderella: The ugly sister] (1958) Description: 858
Place made: Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, costume designs, gouache; graphite; paper; watercolour drawing in gouache, watercolour and black pencil Support: paper

Primary Insc: 858
Dimensions: 49.8 h x 64.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1976
Accession No: NGA 76.63.76
Subject: Theatre arts, Australia Collection: The Loudon Sainthill archive of his theatre costume and set designs, acquired 1976.

For children:


Cinderella lived with her cruel and wicked stepmother and two ugly stepsisters. One day the Prince invited everybody to attend a ball, but poor Cinderella was not allowed to go. On the night of the ball, the Fairy Godmother cast a spell and Cinderella got a dress, glass slippers and a carriage with horses so she could attend. But her godmother warned that the spell would last only until midnight. At the ball, the Prince and Cinderella fell in love and danced all night until she heard the clock strike midnight.

Remembering what her godmother had said Cinderella ran off, leaving one glass slipper behind. The Prince, desperate to find her again, asked all the women in the village to try on the slipper, in order to find its owner. Just when all hope had gone, Cinderella tried on the slipper, and it fitted perfectly. Prince Charming had found Cinderella again and they lived happily ever after.

Cinderella was developed as a pantomime by Rogers and Hammerstein and it was performed at the Coliseum Theatre, London, in 1958. Cinderella featured Yana in the title role and Tommy Steele as her faithful friend Buttons. Bruce Trent played the Prince, with Betty Marsden as the Fairy Godmother. The Stepsisters were played by Ted Durante and Kenneth Williams (from the Carry on films). Jimmy Edwards and Enid Lowe played the King and Queen.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra