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Matilda the Musical
Matilda the Musical performing at the Cambridge Theatre

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Type of production: Musical
Opened: 25 October 2011
Booking until: 17 December 2017
Running time: 2 Hours 40 Mins
Prices: £26.00 - £159.00
Author / playwright: Ronald Dahl
Director: Matthew Warchus
Music by: Tim Minchin
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 Cruchem 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 ★★★★★

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.