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Matilda The Musical

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Matilda The Musical, Roald Dahl’s much-loved tale of an extraordinary child with hideous parents, is the globally renowned stage show from Tim Minchin and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Read More >

Matilda The Musical, Roald Dahl’s much-loved tale of an extraordinary child with hideous parents, is the globally renowned stage show from Tim Minchin and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

This is the story of Matilda Wormwood, a child with an incredible talent for learning. Despite being hampered by unscrupulous, uncaring parents who care neither for their daughter or for education, she excels intellectually and even discovers a rather unique talent. Each time her parents treat her badly, the young Matilda teaches them a lesson – but will she be able to do the same to the terrifying and tyrannical headmistress Miss Trunchbull?

Having started life premiering at the RSC’s Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2010, Matilda The Musical won a record-breaking (at the time) seven Olivier Awards when it opened in London’s West End in 2011, and four Tony Awards when it subsequently transferred to Broadway in 2013; on both continents, it was named Best New Musical.

The longest running production to play at the Cambridge Theatre in history, it is the winner of over 86 major international awards. Matilda The Musical has been seen by millions of people worldwide, including London, Australia, New Zealand and on tour in North America.

Matthew Warchus, Artistic Director of The Old Vic, imagines a world of striking colour and hilarious michief, while Matilda The Musical is adapted for the stage by renowned writer Dennis Kelly, whose previous plays include The Gods Weep, Osama The Hero and Love And Money.

The show’s music and lyrics come from award-winning, mischief-loving Australian musician and comedian Tim Minchin, with beloved songs including Naughty, Quiet, Revolting Children and School Song.

A firm West End favourite and a delight for anybody who has ever felt the rush of rebellion, Matilda The Musical is an anarchic, hilarious, heart-warming and ingenious adaptation of the classic Dahl tale.

Looking for more about Matilda The Musical? Check out our ‘Everything You Need To Know’ guide!

Please note that from 12 September, all evening weekday performances of Matilda The Musical will begin at 7pm (Tuesday-Friday).


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Age Recommendation: 5+ i

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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 25/10/2011

Opening Night: 24/11/2011

Booking Until: 2020/10/2019

Running time: 2h35, inc. interval

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Cast & Creative


Matilda - Lily-Mae Evans, Olivia Wells, Sara Munday, Savannah Read

Mrs Phelps - Keisha Amponsa Banson

Miss Honey - Gina Beck

Mrs Wormwood - Marianne Benedict

Michael Wormwood - David Birch

Mr Wormwood - Tom Edden

Miss Trunchbull - David Shannon

Children's Entertainer, Sergei - Simon Shorten

Rudolpho - Callum Train

Ensemble - Richard Astbury, Maria Graciano, Karina Hind, Peter Houston, Katie Lee, Kris Manuel, Bryan Mottram, Tom Muggeridge, Emma Robotham-Hunt, Biancha Szynal, Vicki Lee Taylor, Robert Tregoning

Please note that from 11 SeptemberHayden Tee will play Miss Trunchbull alongside Rob Compton and Holly Dale Spencer as Mr and Mrs Wormwood. Isobel Hubble and Francesca McKeown will join Sarah Munday and Olivia Wells in sharing the title role of Matilda. The full adult cast includes Alex Louize Bird, Gina Beck, Rob Compton, Holly Dale Spencer, Jaye Elster, Glen Facey, Alex Hammond, Peter Houston, Jessica Joslin, Bethany Kate, Sammy Kelly, Ben Kerr, Bryan Mottram, Malinda Parris, James Revell, Gemma Scholes, Simon Shorten, Hayden Tee, Callum Train and Robert Tregoning. 



Director - Matthew Warchus

Producer - Royal Shakespeare Company, André Ptaszynski, Denise Wood

Designer - Rob Howell

Choreographer - Peter Darling

Costume - Rob Howell

Lighting Designer - Hugh Vanstone

Sound - Simon Baker

Author - Dennis Kelly, based on the Roald Dahl book

Lyrics By - Tim Minchin

Music By - Tim Minchin


About Cambridge Theatre

Earlham Street, London, United Kingdom, WC2H 9HU

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