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Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre (Photo: Manuel Harlan)

Everything you need to know about Matilda The Musical in London

By Carly-Ann Clements, Published December 11, 2017

Dennis Kelly, Tim Minchin, Matthew Warchus and Royal Shakespeare Company first brought Roald Dahl’s magical story about a special little girl to life in 2010, and then to London’s Cambridge Theatre in 2011. But has the charming Matilda The Musical cast a spell on you yet?

Matilda The Musical Background

Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre (Photo: Manuel Harlan)

Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre (Photo: Manuel Harlan)

Roald Dahl’s much-loved story about a gifted girl with a horrible family has been enjoyed by the world since 1988. But it wasn’t until Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin paired up to adapt the book into a musical did it become the phenomenon it is now.

The show first premiered at the RSC’s Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2010 before opening at London’s Cambridge Theatre in the West End in 2011. In its first year, the show won a record-breaking (at the time) seven Olivier Awards – still the record number of Oliviers won by a musical. In 2013, it opened on Broadway and won five Tony Awards.

Matilda has wowed millions around the world with productions not only on the West End and Broadway, but in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the Philippines and Korea. It’s won 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, and it’s loved by children of all ages – even theatre critics.

What is Matilda The Musical about?

Matilda The Musical is about Matilda Wormwood – an extraordinary child who has a gift for learning and other unusual talents. Living with her horrible, not-always-lawful family means Matilda doesn’t get the attention and love she deserves.

Being neglected by her parents means Matilda must find her own entertainment, role models and morals. But that’s no problem for the resourceful, rebellious girl, even when she’s pit against the dreadful, terrifying Miss Trunchbull – the child-hating headmistress at Matilda’s new school. In fact, Matilda has as many lessons for the adults in her life as they think they have for her. Will she find the loving home she craves?

What age is Matilda The Musical appropriate for?

Matilda The Musical is suitable for children aged 5 and up. Babes-in-arms will not be admitted into the theatre.

How long is Matilda The Musical?

Matilda The Musical’s running time is 2 hours and 35 minutes, including one interval. In a standard week, there are performances of the show at 7pm on Mondays, 7.30pm on Tuesdays-Saturdays, 2.30pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and 3pm on Sundays.

Where is Matilda The Musical playing in London?

The Cambridge Theatre hosts Matilda The Musical

The Cambridge Theatre hosts Matilda The Musical

Matilda The Musical opened at the Cambridge Theatre in the West End on 25 October 2011 and has been there ever since. It’s now the longest running show the Cambridge Theatre has ever had.

How do I get to the Cambridge Theatre?

The Cambridge Theatre is located on Seven Dials in Covent Garden. The nearest tube stations to the Matilda The Musical are Tottenham Court Road and Covent Garden.

Will Matilda The Musical be touring?

Yes! Matilda The Musical will be touring the UK and Ireland in 2018. The tour kicks off in March in Leicester, before travelling to Dublin, Sunderland, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Manchester and Cardiff. 2019 tour dates will be announced later in 2018.

Who is in the London cast of Matilda The Musical?

David Shannon plays Miss Trunchbull in the Matilda The Musical cast

David Shannon plays Miss Trunchbull in the Matilda The Musical cast

Matilda The Musical has nine characters played by children. To make sure the children are well rested and keeping up with their studies, there are at least three actors for each role.

  • Lily-May Evans, Olivia Wells, Sara Munday and Savannah Read play Matilda Wormwood. There have been 36 Matildas in the London production. The original four actors won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 2012.
  • David Shannon plays Miss Trunchbull. David has played two of the biggest male roles in musical theatre: Jean Valjean in Les Misérables and The Phantom in The Phantom Of The Opera. Miss Trunchbull was originally played by Bertie Carvel, who won an Olivier Award for the role in 2012.
  • Keisha Amponsa Banson plays Mrs Phelps. Keisha is a familiar face in the West End, and she has appeared in shows such as Motown The Musical and From Here To Eternity.
  • Gina Beck plays Miss Honey. You might recognise her from Wicked where she played Glinda, or Les Misérables where she played Cosette. Gina has wowed audiences across the West End since 2004.
  • Marianne Benedict plays Mrs Wormwood. Her West End credits include Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, The Wizard Of Oz and We Will Rock You. Marianne has performed in shows around the world.
  • Tom Edden plays Mr Wormwood. Tom is a Tony-nominated actor and is best-known for his performance in One Man, Two Guvnors both on the West End and on Broadway. He succeeded comedian Steve Furst as Mr Wormwood in 2014, who replaced comedian and Dennis Pennis creator/actor Paul Kaye in 2012.

Where did Matilda The Musical originally open?

After a 12-week run in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2010, Matilda The Musical premiered at the West End’s Cambridge Theatre on 24 November 2011. It opened on Broadway on 11 April 2013 and closed on 1 January 2017.

Will I like it?

Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre (Photo: Manuel Harlan)

Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre (Photo: Manuel Harlan)

A cast of wildly talented kids, witty lyrics by Tim Minchin (the anarchic, hilarious songwriter), and a touching story written by Roald Dahl, everyone’s favourite children’s author. We can’t think of a reason why you wouldn’t love Matilda The Musical.

It’s a heart-warming show packed full of wonder, magic, rebellion and fun that’ll keep every member of the family entertained.

Where can I buy Matilda The Musical tickets?

Right here with us! Just visit Official London Theatre’s Matilda The Musical page to find the best available tickets for great prices.


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