IT dates back to the first century and has been the subject of countless adaptations both on stage and on the big screen.
Now the story of Cinderella has taken a new twist after a pair of pink stilettos were mysteriously left behind following a run of the pantomime in Portobello.
An appeal has been made to trace the owner of the striking shoes – though there is no guarantee she will be swept off her feet by a handsome prince when she claims them.
Steven Davidson, managing director of Momentum Entertainment, which put on the Portobello production of Cinderella, is desperate to get to the bottom of the real-life version of the popular fairytale.
He is appealing to the people of Portobello to help him track down their rightful owner after discovering they had been left behind at the Wash House community centre.
The father-of-two said: “Strangely, they were just sitting there between the outside door and the vestibule door. There was a pink feather boa there too.
“I assumed somebody would come back for them, but the cast and audience were just walking past them and nobody claimed them.”
He added: “It’s not even a stunt to promote the show, it actually happened.”
Mr Davidson, 44, has put a deadline on finding the owner of the size seven shoes – the stroke of midnight. After that, he will hand them in to a charity shop.
He said: “Unless the princess comes forward before that, they will be donated to charity.
“I might make anyone who comes to claim them try them on first to make sure they fit. But I can’t guarantee there will be a Prince Charming on offer.”
The bizarre social media appeal has attracted a lot of attention, with people suggesting who the owner – both male and female – might be.
The finger was pointed at one of the cast members, Stuart Watkins, who replied: “I was just about the only person on stage that wasn’t in drag. Not to say they couldn’t still be mine of course.”
There have also been a host of conspiracy theories offered up – the owner melting away like the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz being one, whilst an alien abduction has also been suggested.
Donald Canavan wrote: “Maybe it was a spontaneous alien abduction. Only the shoes left…”
Sarah Belchamber, on the other hand, came up with a more sensible way of identifying the rightful owner of the shoes.
In response to the Facebook appeal, she wrote: “The blisters sustained by the owner should make identification easy! My feet are sore just looking at them!”