Originally a Grimm tale.
Cinderella lived in a big house with her father, wicked stepmother and her two ugly sisters. Cinderella would cook and clean for them from dawn till dusk and would never be allowed any time off. Then one day, an invitation arrived for a grand ball at the palace. Cinderella really wanted to go as well, she was not allowed to. When her two ugly sisters left for the ball, a bright light appeared all of a sudden. Cinderella’s fairy godmother had arrived to magic up a beautiful carriage, six white horses, a coachman and six handsome footmen. Then the fairy godmother waved her magic wand one last time and conjured up a magnificent ball gown and exquisite glass slippers for Cinderella, and sent her to the ball. As she left, the fairy godmother warned her: “Remember that once the clock has struck midnight, the spell will be broken.”
Everyone thought she was a princess when she arrived at the palace. The prince danced with her all evening until Cinderella realised the clock was striking twelve. She ran out of the palace and down the steps, losing one of her glass slippers as she ran. But would the prince ever be able to find his Cinderella again?
The story of Cinderella is played on audio during the show. This is in the Dutch language. Please find below a translation for your benefit.
It's been a long time,
but never from my mind.
The wonders that brought the prince and me,
together for a while.
The prince had invited to his ball,
all the girls of the land.
So ardently hoping for the one,
That he could ask for; her hand.
My stepsisters, fueled by greed,
were there first.
And I ..the house slave,
could not come.
Had to clean,
because this suited me.
Once they had gone to the ball,
I cried bitterly on mother's grave.
A dress of gold and glass slippers,
were what her good spirit gave me.
Her voice so heavenly, said:
“Go quickly, but by light of the moon,
at the stroke of midnight, you have to flee,
for then the party is over for you.”
!The video below has English subtitles!
The translation in a handy PDF
A handy audio file of the translation
A compilation of all the translations of all the audio stories you may come across in the Efteling.