Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre
Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, London, WC2 9HU
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The Royal Shakespeare Company’s multi-award winning production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda at London’s Cambridge Theatre
Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, Matilda is the captivating 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.
Winner of 7 Olivier Awards including Best musical, Matilda The Musical has captured the imagination of young and old alike.
This bold, enchanting and ingenious production is directed by Matthew Warchus, with book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by award-winning musician and comedian Tim Minchin.
Matilda follows the story of Matilda Wormwood, a bright little girl who loves to immerse herself in books. But Matilda is discarded and belittled by both her dimwitted parents — her father insists on calling her a boy and harps on about her “stupidity” for preferring reading to watching the telly – and her hostile headmistress, the wicked Miss Trunchbull.
Matilda may be reclusive but she has an ever-growing imagination and very sharp mind, and with caring teacher Miss Honey Matilda dreams of a better life, daring to take a stand against unjust forces and to grasp her destiny in her own, tiny hands.
The cast is led by David Shannon (Miss Trunchbull) alongside Gina Beck (Miss Honey), Tom Edden (Mr Wormwood) and Marianne Benedict (Mrs Wormwood).
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.
Matilda The Musical is written by playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin, and direction by Matthew Warchus. The production is designed by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker and the special effects and illusions are by Paul Kieve.
★★★★★ “AN EVENING OF UNADULTERATED BLISS.” The Guardian
★★★★★ “UTTERLY EXHILARATING. Matthew Warchus’s colourful riot of a production achieves an even dizzier balance between gleeful, grotesque, fun and heart-tugging poignancy, brilliantly drilled dynamism and warm, unforced charm.” The Independent
★★★★★ “THE QUEST FOR A GREAT NEW MUSICAL IS OVER.” Evening Standard
★★★★★ “Smart, quirky and sublimely good fun. A moving and subtle spectacle which will have kids in stitches and adults in tears. It is guaranteed to delight anyone who’s ever been a child.
I can’t wait to see it again.” Time Out
★★★★★ “An absolute cracker of a show, bursting with dynamism, fizzing with verve. Irresistible and ingenious.” Daily Express
★★★★★ “HILARIOUS, MOVING, GLORIOUS. Matthew Warchus’s thrilling, warm-hearted production, exuberantly designed by Rob Howell, with pin-sharp choreography by Peter Darling, combines comedy with a sense of wonder. This show indeed has something miraculous about it.” Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ “GIDDILY ENJOYABLE. Roars of approval shake the theatre.” Sunday Express
Matilda The Musical opened at the Cambridge Theatre on 22 November 2011 (previews from 18 October 2011).