Why See Matilda The Musical?
Nominated for the 'This Morning' Audience OLIVIER Award
This hilarious and poignant stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel is the branchild of the Royal Shakespeare Company, with music provided by Australian composer and comedian Tim Minchin. Matilda makes a wonderful birthday or holiday treat for fans of Dahl's work, whether they're six or 60.
Originally opening in Stratford for a first sell-out run back in 2010, Matilda transferred to its incumbant home at the Cambridge Theatre, and has wowed critics and received numerous accolades for both its young cast, and innovative creative team.
The popularity of Tim Minchin's songs and Dennis Kelly's book helped boost public awareness, and in 2012 it secured its place in the Guinness Book of Records for winning the most Olivier Awards in one year; a truly magnificent seven.
The move to Broadway with its popular star, Bertie Cavil has done nothing to quench the popularity of the show, and demand for more productions will see an Australian Matilda launching in Sydney in 2015, Minchin's own homeland.
WHAT IS MATILDA ABOUT?
Matilda, the central character, is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence for her young age - and not to mention, psychokinetic powers.
She's despised by her own hideously selfish parents, but finds a kindred spirit in her shy schoolteacher Miss Honey. Miss Honey also has demons to face - in the form of the outrageously callous headmistress Miss Trunchbull.
Over the course of her first term at school, both teacher and pupil have a profound effect on each other's lives, as they both try to foil the dastardly plans of Trunchbull, and Matilda's parents.
DID YOU KNOW?
Fans of the novel and the show may also be familiar with the 1996 film starring Mara Wilson and Pam Ferris, with real-life husband and wife duo Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman playing Mr and Mrs Wormwood!
Previews from: 25 October 2011
Opening night: 24 November 2011
Matilda The Musical is recommended for a general audience, but the producers advise a minimum age of 6 years and upwards. All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
Two hours and 45 minutes with one interval
Cast and Creative
Nicholas Antoniou-Tibbitts, Joe Butler-Smith, Archie Durrant, and Martin Soosaipillai as Bruce
Bill Bekele, Omar Cain-Francis, and Will Tarpey as Nigel
Halle Cassell, Liberty Greig, and Lottie Refet as Lavender
Jessica Chalmers, Mia McLoughlin, and Kacy O'Sullivan as Amanda
Lucy Cheesman, Tilda Marriage Massey, and Palmer Newson, as Alice
Hari Coles, Callum Hudson, and Miller Morris as Eric
Lily-Mae Evans, Sara Munday, Olivia Wells, and Savannah Read as Matilda
Sebastian Harry, Rocco Peacock, and Alex Wenham as Tommy
Lauren Henson, Vaidile Jonikas, and Tori Louise Ryan as Hortensia
David Shannon as Miss Trunchbull
Gina Beck as Miss Honey
Keisha Amponsa Banson as Mrs Phelps
Marianna Benedict as Mrs Wormwood
David Birch as Michael Wormwood
Tom Edden as Mr Wormwood
Maria Graciano as Cook
Kris Manuel as Doctor/The Escapologist
Callum Train as Rudolpho
Simon Shorten as Children's Entertainer/Sergei
Vicki Lee Taylor as Henchwoman
Bryan Mottram as Henchman
Peter Houston as Henchman
Richard Astbury as Henchman
Karina Hind, Katie Lee, Tom Muggeridge, Emma Robotham-Hunt, Biancha Szynal and Robert Tregoning.
From the book by Roald Dahl
Adapted by Dennis Kelly
Music & Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Directed by Matthew Warchus
Choreography by Peter Darling
Set & Costume Design by Rob Howell
Lighting by Hugh Vanstone
Sound by Simon Baker
Illusion by Paul Kieve
OLIVIER AWARDS 2012
- BEST NEW MUSICAL
- BEST ACTRESS for The four Matildas; Cleo Demetriou, Kerry Ingram, Sophia Kiely and Eleanor Worthington Cox
- BEST ACTOR for Bertie Carvel
- BEST DIRECTOR for Matthew Warchus
- BEST SET DESIGN by Rob Howell
- BEST SOUND DESIGN by Simon Baker
- BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER by Peter Darling
What we thought
COLOURFUL clever Unmissable
Loud, colourful, and full of ridiculous expressions and playground jokes, from its set through to the dancing!
I'm afraid it's true, the kids are revolting - but don't be too alarmed, we mean 100% revolution and 0% revulsion. The school-aged portion of Matilda's cast are causing a revolution in musical theatre, singing and dancing their way to West End sRead full review
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