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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 all evening weekday performances of Matilda The Musical begin at 7pm (Tuesday-Friday).

Looking to see some musical theatre? Find out more about London musicals.


Age Suitability: 6+. i

Minimum age for entry to theatre: All children must be old enough to occupy their own seats. Babes-in-arms are not permitted.

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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 25/10/2011

Opening Night: 24/11/2011

Booking Until: 20/10/2019

Running time: 2h35, inc. interval

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Cast & Creative


Matilda - Isobel Hubble, Olivia Wells, Sara Munday, Francesca McKeown

Mrs Phelps - Malinda Parris

Miss Honey - Gina Beck

Mrs Wormwood - Holly Dale Spencer

Michael Wormwood - Glen Facey

Mr Wormwood - Rob Compton

Miss Trunchbull - Hayden Tee

Rudolpho - Callum Train

Doctor/The Escapologist - Alex Hammond

Children's Entertainer/Sergei - Simon Shorten

Ensemble - Marianne Benedict, Peter Houston, Jessica Joslin, Sammy Kelly, Ben Kerr, Bryan Mottram, Gemma Scholes

Swing - Alex Louize Bird, Jaye Juliette Elster, Bethany Kate, James Revell, 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


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Earlham Street, London, United Kingdom, WC2H 9HU

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