Catherine Cookson’s The Cinder Path 2020

February – March 2020
National Tour

Script adaptation by Paul Dunn

After the hugely successful North-East run in 2019, this  “breathtaking production” of Catherine Cookson’s The Cinder Path returned in 2020 for a national tour.

Produced by Leah Bell/Entertainment Unlimited, and with brilliant original songs and music by Mike Redway, it proved to be a huge success, playing to packed houses all around the country and receiving rave reviews and feedback from audiences:

“I saw this at The Carnegie Theatre in Workington last night. Excellent. Thoroughly engaging. Hope it goes on to have a successful tour and then hits London. Well done all.”
This is a must see show. Thoroughly entertaining and I would highly recommend it. Go see.
“Just seen the show in Wakefield.. what can I say?? I’ve never read a Catherine Cookson book in my life, nor have I ever seen the film The Cinder Path; (went with a friend who has).. Excellent acting and singing; really enjoyed it.. when you see how much effort goes into a production like this, it’s well worth the ticket fee.. will definitely recommend.”
“2nd time seeing this great play at Lincoln…. Wasn’t disappointed. Well done to all the cast … it was exceptional.”
“Just seen The Cinder Path in Lincoln, absolutely brilliant, well done to all involved. Great cast, poignant and moving story. Retains the elements of Catherine Cookson whilst providing an entertaining evening with comedy and singing. A must see production.”
The cast taking their curtain call

There are high hopes for another, even bigger, tour in 2021, so keep your eyes on this website for further information as it becomes available.

full cast
The full Cinder Path cast at Lincoln Theatre Royal

Back row: Alex Seymour, Bethan Amber, Jason Jones, David Patterson, James de Lauch Hay.
Middle row: Nic Cochrane, Maria May, Mike Watson, Andrew Oliver.
Front row: Glen Townsend, Paul Dunn, Vanessa Karon, Harriet Bell, Leah Bell, Vik Kay.


Reviews from the original production:

“Brilliantly adapted by local actor Paul Dunn – who also appears in the show.”
Sunderland Echo
“Dunn plays a number of roles in the production without fault.”
British Theatre Guide
“Harrowing and touching, The Cinder Path is a breathtaking production.”
Scarborough News
“A passionate play that has both comedic lighter moments and some pretty intense points.”
North East Theatre Guide


Gallery from the 2019 production.

11th February – Spa Pavilion – Felixstowe
12th February – Marina Theatre – Lowestoft
13th February – Playhouse Theatre – Epsom
14th February – Westcliff Theatre – Clacton
15th February – Palace Theatre – Newark
16th February – Princess Theatre – Hunstanton
18th February – Civic Theatre – Rotherham
19th February – Playhouse Theatre – Whitley Bay
20th February – Pavilion Theatre – Lowther
21st February – Grand Theatre – Lancaster
22nd February – Carnegie Theatre – Workington
25th February – Theatre Royal – Wakefield
26th February – New Theatre Royal – Lincoln
27th February – Pomegranate Theatre – Chesterfield
28th February – Middlesbrough Theatre
29th February – Brunton Theatre – Musselbrugh
1st March – Customs House – South Shields