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Tuesday, 23 August 2011 11:41

LONDON: Casting Announced for RSC Production of Roald Dahl's MATILDA THE MUSICAL

 Casting announced for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s world premiere production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical


The Royal Shakespeare Company’s world premiere production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical will transfer to London’s Cambridge Theatre, previewing from Tuesday 18 October.

Bertie Carvel (Miss Trunchbull), Paul Kaye (Mr Wormwood) Josie Walker (Mrs Wormwood) and Lauren Ward (Miss Honey) will reprise their roles alongside Marc Antolin, Verity Bentham, Peter Howe, Michael Kent, Melanie La Barrie, Matthew Malthouse, Alastair Parker, Nick Searle and Emily Shaw who also appeared in the original production in Stratford.


Further adult casting includes: Matthew Clark, Leanne Pinder, Rachel Moran, Lucy Thatcher, Tim Walton and Gary Watson.

The four young actresses playing the role of Matilda will be announced on Dahl Day on Tuesday 13 September.

The three teams of eight young performers who will recreate the roles of Bruce, Lavender, Amanda, Nigel, Eric and the other pupils at Crunchem Hall Primary School are:

Thomas Atkinson, Jake Bailey, James Beesley, Ruby Bridle, Oonagh Cox, Jemima Eaton, Alicia Gould, Zachary Harris, Callum Henderson, Fleur Houdijk, Jamie Kaye, William Keeler, Lily Laight, Katie Lee, Isobelle Molloy, Jemima Morgan, Toby Murray, Alfie Manser, Lucy May Pollard, Annabel Parsons, Ellie Simons, Louis Suc, Jaydon Vijn and Ted Wilson.

Matilda The Musical played to sold-out audiences at the RSC’s The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon for twelve weeks from November 2010 to January 2011. Roald Dahl’s magical story about a girl with extraordinary powers has been a favourite novel for millions of people across the world since it was published in 1988.

The new stage musical, which captured the imagination of young and old alike during its short run, is written by the highly acclaimed playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by the anarchic Australian 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 special effects and illusions are by Paul Kieve.

The entire creative team will reassemble to create the London production.

Matilda The Musical is produced in the West End by the Royal Shakespeare Company with André Ptaszynski as Executive Producer.

This production was developed with the support of Company Dramaturg Jeanie O'Hare and the RSC Literary Department.

For the initial booking period tickets are available for performances up to and including Sunday 12 February 2012.  

Box Office: See Tickets 0844 412 4652 / RSC Ticket Hotline 0844 800 1110




Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, WC2H 9HU
18 October 2011 – 12 February 2012
Opening Night: 22 November 2011
Box Office: 0844 412 4652 / 0844 800 1110


Performance Times:

18 October – 5 November 2011

Tuesday 7pm
Wednesday – Saturday 7.30pm
Saturday 29 October & Saturday 5 November 2.30pm

7 November – 26 November 2011

Monday, Wednesday – Saturday 7.30pm
Tuesday 7pm
Wednesday 9, Saturday 12, Wednesday 16, Saturday 19, Thursday 24, Saturday 26 November 2.30pm

28 November – 18 December 2011

Tuesday 7pm
Wednesday – Saturday 7.30pm
Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm
Sunday 3pm 

19 December – 2 January 2012

Tuesday 7pm
Wednesday – Saturday 7.30pm
Wednesday 21, Friday 23, Saturday 24, Wednesday 28, Friday 30 December 2.30pm
Saturday 31 December 2pm & 6.30pm
Sunday 1 January 3pm
No perfs on Sunday 25 & Monday 26 December
No eve perf on Saturday 24 December

3 January – 12 February 2012

Tuesday 7pm
Wednesday – Saturday 7:30pm
Wednesday & Saturday 2:30pm
Sunday 3pm 

Ticket Prices:

Stalls £59.50, £49.50
Dress Circle £59.50
Upper Circle £39.50, £29.50, £25, £20
Reduced price preview tickets available from £15.

Group Rates:

10+ Group Rate £45
Group Bookings: 0844 412 4650

Education Rates:

10+ School Group Rate £25
Discounts available Tuesday – Thursday evenings and Wednesday matinees
Education Bookings: 0844 800 1113

Under 18s £10 off up to two tickets per full-price paying adult
16-25yrs £5 tickets available (1 ticket per person)
If the choice of seat is limited by a disability then the ticket is £29.75 (50% off top price). A companion ticket is also £29.75.

Discounts (excluding disability rates) are not available between Monday 24 October – Saturday 29 October 2011 and Monday 19 December 2011 - Sunday 1 January 2012 inclusive.

·         Dennis Kelly is primarily a theatre writer. His new play for the RSC, The Gods Weep, recently opened at the Hampstead Theatre.  Orphans was staged in 2009 at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before transferring to the Birmingham Rep Theatre and Soho Theatre, London. His other plays include Debris (Theatre 503 2003 andBattersea Arts Centre 2004), Osama the Hero (Hampstead Theatre 2005), After the End (Bush 2005 and UK and international tour 2006), Love and Money (Royal Exchange, Manchester and Young Vic 2006) and Taking Care of Baby (Hampstead Theatre, 2007). In 2007 he also wrote for the National Theatre Connections Festival.

·         Tim Minchin is an award-winning Australian musician, actor, comedian and writer. He has recently completed a sell-out world tour. He has composed and written songs for theatre and documentary, most recently This Blasted Earth (Tamarama Rock Surfers), Somewhere (Q Theatre) and the soundtrack for The Kindness of Strangers (Prospero) – an award-winning documentary by Rhian Skirving.

·         Matthew Warchus is a celebrated Tony award-winning director and dramatist.  His RSC production of Hamlet at the Barbican in 1997 also played at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, USA. He directedYasmina Reza's Art and God of Carnage in the West End and on Broadway, True West starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. ReillySpeed-the-Plow starring Kevin Spacey and Jeff Goldblum, the musicals Our House and The Lord of the Rings, which played at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 2007. He is directing Ghost The Musical which is currently playing at Manchester Opera House and transfers to London’s Piccadilly Theatre in June.

·         Rob Howell, the designer, has picked up four Olivier Awards for Best Set Design for the RSC’s Richard IIITroilus and CressidaVasa and Hedda Gabler. Further credits for the RSC include The Shakespeare ReviewThe Painter of Dishonour, Little Eyolf, The Family Reunion. Theatre includes: The Observer; Her Naked Skin, The Reporter, Buried Child, Chips With Everything, Troilus and Cressida (Olivier Award for Best Set Design), Money, Battle Royal, Howard Katz (National Theatre);Simpatico, Hard Fruit, Real Classy Affair (Royal Court); Tartuffe, The Government Inspector, Vassa (Olivier Award for Best Set Design), Conversations after a Burial, Lulu (also at the Kennedy Center, Washington), Faith Healer, The Lady from the Sea(Almeida); Hedda Gabler (Olivier Award for Best Set Design. Duke of York’s Theatre/Almeida); Habeas Corpus, The Fix, How I Learned to Drive, True West, The Glass Menagerie (also at the Comedy Theatre), Proof (Donmar); The Caretaker, Our House(Olivier Award for Best Musical. West End); The Graduate (West End/Australia/Broadway); Sunset Boulevard (UK tour); True West(Circle in the Square, New York); The Lord of the Rings (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane/Toronto); Inherit the Wind, The Norman Conquests (also on Broadway), Speed-the-Plow, Complicit (Old Vic); The Last Cigarette (Chichester Festival/Trafalgar Studios);Private Lives, Prisoner of Second Avenue(Vaudeville), Deathtrap (Noel Coward). Opera includes: Turn of the Screw (Welsh National Opera); Sophie’s Choice (Royal Opera House); Carmen (Metropolitan Opera in New York)

·         Peter Darling is an award-winning choreographer. Having picked up the Olivier and Tony award for Best Choreographer forBilly Elliot, Peter has choreographed The Tempest for the RSC as well as The Lord of the Rings (London/Toronto); Our House(Olivier award for Best Musical. Cambridge); Merrily We Roll Along (Olivier award for Best Musical. Donmar); Candide (Olivier award for Best Musical Production. National Theatre); Oh!What a Lovely WarPower (National Theatre); Closer to Heaven(Theatregoer’s Choice award for Best Choreographer); The Lord of the Rings (Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bristol Old Vic); Sunset Boulevard (Really Useful Group). Peter’s film credits include: The Phantom of the Opera, Billy Elliot (MTV Best Dance Sequence), Plots with a View, Trauma.

·         Christopher Nightingale, the musical supervisor and orchestrator, is responsible for making sure all the musical puzzle pieces fit together, smoothing over any rough edges and creating a synthesis.  He is one of theatre's most experienced and highly regarded masters of his craft, with past credits that include some of the West End’s best plays and musicals, including The Lord of the Rings and Bombay Dreams.

·         Hugh Vanstone, lighting designer. RSC: Arabian Nights, The Winter’s Tale, Antony and Cleopatra, Bad Weather, The Unexpected Man, Hamlet, Cymbeline, Three Hours After Marriage, Slaughter City, Richard III, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet. Hugh has designed the lighting for more than 150 productions and worked for most of the UK’s national companies and extensively on Broadway. Most recent work includes: Deathtrap (Noel Coward); La Bête (Comedy Theatre, Broadway); The Late Middle Classes, A Doll’s House (Donmar); The Real Thing (Old Vic); A Steady Rain (Broadway); Tanz Der Vampire (Vienna); God Of Carnage (West End/UK tour/Broadway). Hugh has received three Olivier Awards for Best Lighting Design.

·         Simon Baker, sound. RSC: Don John (Kneehigh/RSC/tour). Trained: Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Theatre includes:The Witches of Eastwick, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins, Cats, Spamalot (London); Boeing Boeing (London/ Broadway);The Lord of the Rings (Toronto/London); I am Shakespeare (UK tour/Chichester); God of Carnage (London/Broadway); Our House (UK tour); Brief Encounter (Cinema Haymarket/UK/US tour & Broadway); The Norman Conquests (Old Vic/Broadway);Complicit (Old Vic); The Real Thing (Old Vic); Arcadia (London); The Birds (Gate, Dublin); As You Like It, The Tempest (BAM/Old Vic/Bridge Project 2010); Asylum Year One (Kneehigh); Deathtrap (London); La Bête (London/Broadway).

·         Paul Kieve, illusionist. RSC: The Winter’s Tale, The Cherry Orchard, The Tempest, Alice in Wonderland, Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Mysteries, Spring Awakening, Arabian Nights. this season: Matilda.Theatre includes: The Invisible Man (Menier Chocolate Factory/West End/Theatre Royal, Stratford East); Zorro (West End/Paris/Moscow/Tokyo); India (Frankfurt); Mrs. Affleck, Her Naked Skin, The Seagull, Theatre of Blood, The Night Season, La Grande Magia, The Cherry Orchard, Haroun and the Sea of Stories (National Theatre); Derren Brown – Enigma, The Lord of the Rings, Our House, The Witches of Eastwick, Scrooge, The Witches, The Woman In White (West End); The Nativity, Grimm Tales (Young Vic). Opera includes: Das Reingold(Strasbourg); L’Heure Espagnole (Royal Opera House); Macbeth (Hamburg); And Parsifal (Paris Bastille). Other work includes:Alice In Wonderland (English National Ballet); Aladdin (Scottish Ballet), Holiday on Ice (tour). Television includes: Cranford 2, I’d Do Anything, History Of Magic, Derren Brown series, Heroes of Magic, Children In Need, The Proms. Film: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Invention of the Hugo Cabret (forthcoming). Publications include: Hocus Pocus (Bloomsbury); Guinness Book of Records Magic Category. Paul was the recipient of the British Magical Society Award for outstanding contribution to magic, is a Gold Star member of The Inner Magic Circle. His one man show has been performed internationally and at many UK festivals.

·         The work of the RSC Literary Department is generously supported by THE DRUE HEINZ TRUST

·         The original cast soundtrack will be released in September 2011 and is initially available exclusively from the RSC shop.  Pre-order now at

·         Holiday Inn is the RSC’s preferred hotel partner for Matilda The Musical

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