Matilda the Musical
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Matilda Wormwood is a gifted, intelligent young girl, raised by parents who are amazed and scared of her intellect, fearful that she can read and resort to calling her 'boy'. Following numerous pranks played on her mother and her father, Matilda is sent to school.

Miss Trunchbull, the headmistress at Crunchem Hall Primary School is greatly feared and disciplines the pupils with abusive physical punishment - having a boy eat a whole chocolate cake as punishment for stealing a slice and throwing a girl over a fence.

Miss Honey sees Matilda for what she is, a smart and clever young girl, and decides to take her under her wing.

Throughout this well told story re-written for stage by Dennis Kelly is the music and creative genius of Tim Minchin, directed by Matthew Warchus. Amazing choreography from Peter Darling and performances from a host of gifted young actors and performers, makes this a must-see show.

One for all the family.

"Those who think that the West End is always dumbing down and that an intelligent musical is an oxymoron will have to stay behind for detention with the diabolical Miss Trunchbull. Writer Dennis Kelly and composer and lyricist Tim Minchin go to the top of the class with this anarchically joyous, gleefully nasty and ingenious musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's story about a girl... who scoffs Dickens and Dostoevsky like other kids eat sweets. This classy and ultimately touching addition to the West End... wears its learning and wit proudly, but has undoubted box office appeal too: it is likely to do for the RSC for the next 25 years what Les Mis has done for the past 25. If anything, it is actually richer than Dahl's novel. It captures all the original's delicious nastiness... but it also celebrates the solace of books and the transforming powers of the imagination. That everyone is having a good time is apparent in every performance, particularly the children who are terrific. It's an evening of unadulterated bliss." Lyn Gardner, The Guardian★★★★★

"Having just transferred to the West End it proves an absolute cracker of a show, bursting with dynamism, fizzing with verve and packed full of slightly naughty children swung around by their pigtails played by incredible child actors who perform their socks off. The humour mixing slapstick and more sophisticated word play will appeal to both children and adults while eye-popping illusions include a piece of chalk writing itself across the blackboard and a child seemingly whizzing into the stratosphere. The wonderful sets, full of building blocks and ascending bookcases, extend right into the auditorium. Gloriously over the top it's an irresistible and ingenious mix of fun, fizz, cruelty, incredible choreography and above all warmth which means we root for the kids from the start. Fantastic." Julie Carpenter, The Express ★★★★★

"When it came to deciding which production should receive the prize for best musical at the Evening Standard Drama Awards this year, there was virtually no debate among the judges. It was crystal clear that the statuette should go to the RSC's hilarious, moving and magical production of Matilda. The show has now finally arrived in the West End, where I suspect it will delight audiences for years to come, as well as crossing the Atlantic to conquer Broadway, too. It is the best new British musical since Billy Elliot. Dennis Kelly, who has adapted Roald Dahl's famous story for the stage... has discovered joy, humour and tenderness, and his script actually improves and deepens Dahl's original. Meanwhile, Aussie comedian Tim Minchin has come up with a smashing score that combines take-home melodies with delicious lyrical wit in songs that consistently develop both the plot and our understanding of the characters. There is an exuberant sense here of two writers who have clicked together - and magnificently expanded their range." Charles Spencer, The Telegraph ★★★★★

The Royal Shakespeare Company's Matilda The Musical has announced new casting with Hayden Tee playing Miss Trunchbull alongside Rob Compton and Holly Dale Spencer as Mr and Mrs Wormwood. Gina Beck will continue to play Miss Honey, having joined the company in September 2017. Isobel Hubble and Francesca McKeown will join Sarah Munday and Olivia Wells in sharing the title role of Matilda. The multi award-winning production is currently playing its seventh year in the West End and is booking until 20 October 2019.

The full adult cast includes Alex Louize Bird, Gina Beck, Rob Compton, Holly Dale Spencer, Jaye Elster, Glen Facey, Alex Hammond, Peter Houston, Jessica Joslin, Bethany Kate, Sammy Kelly, Ben Kerr, Bryan Mottram, Malinda Parris, James Revell, Gemma Scholes, Simon Shorten, Hayden Tee, Callum Train and Robert Tregoning.

The other young performers announced today join the London company in the three teams who play the roles of Bruce, Lavender, Amanda and the rest of the pupils at Crunchem Hall and are as follows: Lois Abercrombie, Tom Brown, Emilia Bosi, Toby Brandon, Quincy Miller-Cole, Lottie Cook, Imogen Darwen, Jimmy Fordham Reed, Clara Freeman Alves, Stella Haden, Jobe Hart, Noah Leggott, Archie Lewis, Henry Littell, Austen Phelan, Marley Quinlan-Gardner, Daisy Statham, Cherry Vaughn-White and Rochelle Wyatt.

Jacob Bland, Mia Byers, Sadie Victoria Lim, Asher Ezequiel, Darmani Eboji and Sam Winser will continue in the roles of Bruce, Lavender, Amanda and the pupils at Crunchem Hall.

Matilda The Musical is written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, and direction by Matthew Warchus.

Matilda The Musical has now been seen by eight million people worldwide, having toured to over 65 cities and played more than 6,000 performances in the West End, on Broadway and on tour across North America, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Matilda The Musical will have its first non-English language production at the LG Arts Centre in Seoul, South Korea from September 2018.

Winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical is also now touring the UK and Ireland. Inspired by Roald Dahl's beloved book, Matilda The Musical was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and premiered at the RSC's Stratford-upon-Avon home in November 2010, before transferring to London's West End in October 2011.


The Royal Shakespeare Company's Matilda The Musical has announced its new adult cast with David Shannon (The Phantom Of The Opera, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables) playing Miss Trunchbull alongside Gina Beck (Wicked, The Phantom Of The Opera, Show Boat) as Miss Honey and Tom Edden (Amadeus, One Man, Two Guvnors, The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui) and Marianne Benedict (Cats, Women On A Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, The Wizard Of Oz) as Mr and Mrs Wormwood. The multi award-winning production is currently playing its sixth year in the West End and is booking until 27 May 2018.

The full adult cast includes Keisha Amponsa Banson, Richard Astbury, David Birch, Maria Graciano, Karina Hind, Peter Houston, Katie Lee, Vicki Lee Taylor, Kris Manuel, Bryan Mottram, Tom Muggeridge, Emma Robotham-Hunt, Simon Shorten, Biancha Szynal, Callum Train and Robert Tregoning. The new children's cast will be announced in due course.

Seen by over 7 million people across 60 cities and playing more than 5300 performances worldwide, Matilda The Musical is now preparing for its New Zealand premiere at The Civic in Auckland in August 2017 as well as the first UK and Ireland tour which will begin in March 2018, running alongside the continuing West End production. Winner of 86 major international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, the hit show is now the longest running production to play at the Cambridge Theatre.


It's been confirmed that Craige Els will join Matilda The Musical as Miss Trunchbull from September, playing alongside James Clyde (Mr Wormwood), Haley Flaherty (Miss Honey) and Kay Murphy (Mrs Wormwood).
Craige has previously appeared on stage in Timon of Athens, Antigone and The Cherry Orchard (National Theatre) and on screen in Ripper Street, The Bletchley Circle and Call The Midwife. Further theatre credits include Mamma Mia! (Novello), Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival Theatre), The New Yorkers (Sadler's Wells), Never Forget (West End and Tour) and Spamalot (West End).

Matilda The Musical has now received a total of 50 awards in Stratford-upon-Avon, London and New York. Sweeping the board at the 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking seven awards, the show has gone on to take Broadway by storm winning four Tony Awards® and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for each of the four girls sharing the title role.
The RSC production continues to play to packed houses at the Cambridge Theatre where it has now been seen by almost 1.5million people since October 2011. The show is now booking to 24 May 2015.

Type of production: Musical

Opened: 25 October 2011

Booking until: 30 May 2021

Running time: 2 Hours 40 Mins

Prices: £27.00 - £169.00

Author / playwright: Roald Dahl

Director: Matthew Warchus

Music by: Tim Minchin