Winner of 7 Olivier Awards, and 4 Tony Awards for its Broadway transfer, Matilda the Musical is nearly in its 7th year in the West End! Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and under the direction of Matthew Warchus, the show is based on the beloved children’s novel by Roald Dahl and features a score by comedian Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly’s Tony award winning book. This tale of an extraordinary little girl who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny comes to life in a highly visual and imaginative way that will unleash your inner child and leave you enchanted.
With choreography from Olivier and Tony Award winner Peter Darling (Billy Elliot) and some of the most inventive staging in town, it really is a feast for the eyes, as well as the ears and the heart. Matilda is a miracle – don’t miss it!
Gina Beck plays Miss Honey. Beck's previous roles include Glinda in Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre, US Tour), Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty's Theatre), Magnolia Hawks in Daniel Evan's production of Show Boat (New London Theatre) and Cosette in Les Misérables (Queen's Theatre).
David Shannon is Miss Trunchbull, with previous credits including The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty's Theatre), Chris in Miss Saigon (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane & UK Tour) and Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (Queen's Theatre).
Tony and Critic's Circle nominee Tom Edden, known for roles in One Man, Two Guvnors and Amadeus will play Mr Wormwood, and Marianne Benedict joins the production as Mrs Wormwood. Benedict most recently appeared as Grizabella in the UK tour of Cats.
Lily-Mae Evans, Kitty Peterkin, Savannah Read and Emma Moore play the title role of Matilda.
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 full child cast includes Bill Bekele, Joe Butler-Smith, Omar Cain-Francis, Halle Cassell, Lucy Cheesman, Liberty Greig, Lauren Henson, Callum Hudson, Vaidile Jonikas, Mia McLoughlin, Miller Morris, Palmer Newson, Rocco Peacock, Lottie Refet, Finn Richards, Martin Soosaipillai, Will Tarpey, Alex Wenham, Jessica Chalmers, Hari Coles, Archie Durrant, Sebastian Harry, Tori Louise Ryan, Tilda Marriage Massey and Kacy O’Sullivan.
Matilda Wormwood is born special. Reading books at the library by age five, she has an accelerated thirst for knowledge. Unappreciated by her vacuous parents, who show more interest in looks than books, Matilda’s astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers are only noticed when she starts school at the renowned Crunchem Hall. Her new teacher, Miss Honey, sees the unique qualities in Matilda and the two quickly bond over their similar dysfunctional family lives.
But things don’t go well for Matilda when she gets on the wrong side of her school’s horrendous headmistress, Miss Agatha Trunchbull, whose methods of punishment are truly outrageous. Matilda must learn to deal with these rotten circumstances, and using her powers to stage a little revolution against the perpetrators, Matilda learns that sometimes you have to be “a little bit naughty” to overcome the tyranny in the ultimate ‘David and Goliath’ story.
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Matilda the Musical is a show that will appeal to both adults and children alike. As one of the most successful British musicals of recent times, it is a show that should appear firmly on anyone's list of top musicals. Children and young people will enjoy seeing familiar characters on stage, as well as watching a story that they can easily relate to. The fun humour and catchy original score of Matilda The Musical are an excellent way to introduce younger audiences to musical theatre, and audiences of all ages will be captivated by the highly visual production.
The hit musical originally opened at the RSC Stratford Upon Avon home in 2010, before transferring to the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End.
The production was nominated in all 10 categories for which it was eligible at the 2012 Olivier Awards, and all four of the girls playing the role of 'Matilda' shared the award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Matilda the Musical is one of the most successful British musicals to transfer to New York, where the Broadway production recouped its $16 million investment after just 18 months.
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(5mins) Take Cranbourn Street away from Leicester Square until St Martin’s Lane, where you head left 100 metres to a small roundabout where the theatre can be seen.