How delightful it is to see this beautiful little theatre bursting at the seams, filled with playgoers eager to get a taste of Willy Russell's Cinderella tale updated to an open university tutor/ student relationship.
In the Courtyard's home-grown production Zoie Kennedy as the irrepressible Scouser hairdresser Rita, and Stephen McGann as her frequently distracted tutor bring life and pace to a play which amazingly celebrates its 25th birthday this year.
Ms Kennedy appears initially in a middle class costume that is a mite too grand for Rita. Pink hair, a Mickey Mouse plastic purse, skin tight jeans and wobbly high heels might have worked much better.
At least, this costume design would have left room for the transformed, clever Eng Lit student we get at the end of the play, able to argue on everything from Shakespeare to Chekhov.
But Ms Kennedy does work hard to make the vowel switch from Scouser to Received English at the end and it closes the play very well. Here is an actress who is certainly worth every penny of the ticket money.
Mr McGann is too hesitant and I didn't quite believe in him. His performance seems to be a voyage of discovery that has not yet come into port. But I do not doubt he will find the character fully before the production packs its bags.
I much admired Keith Baker's dusty study, heavy with books set around a huge window, while Estelle van Warmelo's direction hit the bull's-eye more often than it missed it.
Running time: Two hours, 30 minutes. Until Saturday.