THE MAGIC OF MATILDA!
Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, with original songs from comedian Tim Minchin and book by Dennis Kelly, Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Theatre is the captivating new musical masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dares to change her destiny. Matilda proves that even if you are little you can go on to do big things!
WHAT IS MATILDA ABOUT?
Matilda’s parents think she is a nuisance and she thinks, quite rightly, they are only interested in watching telly. Life is not much better at school, where the monstrous headmistress Miss Trunchbull terrifies both students and teachers alike. Then one day Matilda discovers she has a very special power and decides it’s time the grown-ups were taught a lesson. Be warned, the children are revolting!
FUN FACTS ABOUT MATILDA
The book Matilda was initially published in 1988 and told the story of a clever girl with special powers. In 1996, the book was transformed into a film by Danny DeVito that starred Mara Wilson as the title character, Matilda.
Matilda originally premiered at The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Courtyard Theatre in November 2010. It later transferred to West End’s Cambridge Theatre where it still runs. The show broke Olivier Award records by earning a total of seven awards, earning a coveted spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Open auditions are regularly held for the role of Matilda in order to meet the need to keep her small for the role at about 4 foot 3; while those portraying her classmates can be as big as 5 feet tall.
Actor Bertie Carvel played the role of the headmistress, Agatha Trunchbull. He received coaching from a former professional hammer thrower to prepare for the role of the headmistress who likes to throw children around. The suit he wore to transform him for the role was created by the RSC’s Armoury department. His costume even came with a prosthetic wart that had four hairs coming off of it for that additional gross factor.
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Mr Wormwood – James Clyde
Miss Honey – Haley Flaherty
Miss Trunchbull – Craige Els
Rudolpho – Jason Winter
Mrs Wormwood – Kay Murphy
Mrs Phelps – Lisa Davina Phillip
Michael Wormwood – Joshua Wyatt
Matilda – Cara Jenkins, Lottie Sicilia, Tasha Chapple, Lollie McKenzie
Book – Dennis Kelly
Music and Lyrics – Tim Minchin
Director – Matthew Warchus
Choreographer – Peter Darling
Set and Costume Design – Rob Howell
Lighting Design – Hugh Vanstone
Sound Design – Simon Baker
Illusions: Paul Kieve
If anything, it is actually richer than Dahl’s novel. It captures all the original’s delicious nastiness, particularly in depicting Matilda’s school, Crunchem Hall (motto: “children are maggots”), run by the fearsome Miss Trunchbull, but it also celebrates the solace of books and the transforming powers of the imagination.
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
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.
Charles Spencer – The Telegraph
Baddies always have the best fun. The villain in this stonking musical treatment of Roald Dahl’s Matilda is Miss Agatha Trunchbull, headmistress, sadist and sometime Olympic Games hammer thrower. Miss Trunchbull has a front larger than Selfridges. Her bra is not just an over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder. It may have been engineered by Brunel. And her wart! All twitchy and hairy and big enough to snag a lasso. Here is a character to terrify tiddlers as much as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s child catcher did 40 years ago.
Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
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.
Julie Carpenter, The Express
2011 Critics Circle Theatre Awards
2011 Evening Standard Awards
2012 Laurence Olivier Awards
Best New Musical
Best Actress In A Musical – The Matildas
Best Actor In A Musical – Bertie Carvell
Best Director – Matthew Warchus
Best Theatre Choreographer – Peter Darling
Best Set Design – Rob Howell
Best Sound Design – Simon Baker
2013 Tony Awards
Best Book Of A Musical – Dennis Kelly
Best Featured Actor In a Musical – Gabriel Ebert
Best Scenic Design Of A Musical – Rob Howell
Tony Honors for Excellence In Theatre – The Matildas
2013 Outer Critics Circle Awards
Outstanding Book Of A Musical – Dennis Kelly
Best Set Design – Rob Howell
2013 Drama Desk Awards
Outstanding Book Of A Musical
Outstanding Featured Actor In a Musical – Bertie Carvel
Outstanding Lyrics – Tim Minchin
Outstanding Set Design – Rob Howell
2013 New York Drama Critics Circle