About the showBased on the bestselling children's book by Roald Dahl, Matilda the Musical brings the colourful world to life onstage in a brand new show with music and lyrics written by comedian Tim Minchin. Direct from its sell out production at the RSC's Courtyard Theatre the musical opened at the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End on October 25th 2011. The show was a critical success, with professionals and audience members alike praising the wonderful staging, witty songs and exceptional performances from the bite-sized cast. The story follows 7 year old Matilda as she struggles to grow up within her extreme and overbearing family. Terrorised by her school Principal Miss Trunchbull, Matilda discovers she has a unique gift, which she is able to put to use with fantastic comic effect.
The book of the musical was written by distinguished writer Dennis Kelly. Directed by Matthew Warchus and featuring choreography from Peter Darling, MATILDA is set to be a West End staple.
After sweeping the boards at the 2012 awards ceremonies, Matilda has proved it is the most popular show in the West End. The show won an impressive 7 Olivier Awards, after being nominated in every category it was eligible for. The first Broadway production opened on the 11th of April 2013 at the Schubert Theatre, produced by the RSC.
Roald Dahl's memorable story is popular with adults and children alike, and is given a quirky and often dangerous edge by Tim Minchin's music and lyrics. The cast of adults and children will blow you away with their energy and talent, and are responsible for making this a memorable theatrical experience for all the family.
Who Should See It?Matilda the Musical is suitable for anyone who loves the magic of theatre. Adults and children are guaranteed to fall in love with Roald Dahl's fantastic tale, spectacularly presented in an inventive way. Musical-lovers will be delighted, whilst non-musical lovers are sure to be converted to this perfect blend of story, music and comedy.
Matilda is recommended 6+. Under 5s will not be admitted into the theatre.
- Matilda Wormwood: Our plucky heroine who is not only intellectually gifted but given special powers that she uses against those who mistreat her and her friends. As she breaks out from her oppressive and disgusting parents, she realises her greatest battle is yet to come, and sometimes you have to be a bit 'Naughty'.
- Miss Agatha Trunchbull: The cruel and sadistic headmistress of Matilda's school. An ex-Olympic hammer thrower who stands for discipline and order and is threatened by 'The Smell of Rebellion'.
- Miss Jenny Honey: Matilda's first school teacher who takes her under her wing and tries to defend her to both her parents and the Headmistress. She is easily intimidated, but through Matilda is able to speak out against her wicked Aunt Trunchbull.
- Mr Wormwood: Matilda's 'wheeler-dealer' father who makes a living selling second hand cars. After fiddling many of his customers, he is punished by Matilda, and eventually falls in with the Russian Mafia.
- Mrs Wormwood: Matilda's ridiculous mother who sees herself as a ballroom dancer, and sees Matilda as a worthless child. She proudly says to Miss Honey that she chose 'looks over books' and is against Matilda's intellectual growth.
- Laurence Olivier Awards 2012: Best New Musical, Best Leading Actress (all 4 Matilda's), Best Actor (Bertie Carvel), Best Director, Best Choreographer, Best Set Design, Best Sound Design.
- Tony Awards 2013: Best Book of a Musical, Best Features Actor (Gabriel Ebert), Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Tony Honours for Excellence in Theatre (The Matildas - Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro)
25th Oct 2011
24th Jun 2022
28th May 2023
2 hours 35 minutes (including an interval)
Best for age 6+. Babes in arms not permitted. Booster seats are available for children aged 3 - 12.