Rehearsals for the RSC's forthcoming world premiere production of Matilda, A Musical are now underway. Already announced is the casting of the three schoolgirls playing Matilda, the special little girl with extraordinary powers. They are Adrianna Bertola (aged 11), Josie Griffiths (aged 10) and Kerry Ingram (aged 11).
The adult team of actors includes Lauren Ward as the lovely Miss Honey, and Bertie Carvel as the formidable head mistress Miss Trunchbull.
Lauren Ward makes a welcome return to the RSC where her credits include Thaisa in Pericles and Perdita in The Winter's Tale (2002). She recently played Baroness Elsa Shraeder in The Sound of Music at the London Palladium, and her television work includes Law and Order and Torchwood.
Bertie Carvel's recent stage work includes Rope at the Almeida, The Pride at the Royal Court, Leo Frank in Parade at the Donmar Warehouse (Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical, 2008), and The Man of Mode, Coram Boy and The Life of Galileo for the National Theatre. His television credits include: Uncle Neville in Just William (BBC), Sherlock, Primeval and Doctor Who.
Paul Kaye and Josie Walker take the roles of Mr and Mrs Wormwood, Matilda's father and mother, and Peter Howe plays Michael, Matilda's brother.
The award-winning comedian and actor Paul Kaye has a host of television and film credits to his name, including Inspector George Gently, Skins, Pulling and Being Human on TV and Woody Allen's Match Point on the big screen.
Josie Walker has just appeared in Jonathan Harvey's new play, Corrie at the Lowry Theatre in Salford. Other theatre credits include: The Secret Garden at West Yorkshire Playhouse, playing Linda in Enjoy for Theatre Royal Bath Productions, Side by Side by Sondheim in the West End and Eva Peron in Evita on a New Zealand tour. Also in the company are: Verity Bentham, Emily-Jane Boyle, Michael Kent, Melanie La Barrie, Matthew Malthouse, Alastair Parker, Michael Rouse, Nick Searle and Emily Shaw.
There are three teams of children sharing the roles and will be on stage for alternate performances. Joining Adrianna Bertola as Matilda are Kuan Frye (Bruce), Ruby Bridle (Lavender), Katie Lee (Amanda), Arthur Byrne (Nigel) Jack Christou (Eric), Annabel Parsons, Shyanne Sanders, Thomas McGarrity and Charlie Callaghan. Joining Josie Griffiths as Matilda are Jake Bailey (Bruce), Rebecca Stoll (Lavender), Jadie-Rose Hobson (Amanda), Adam Scotland (Nigel), Toby Murray (Eric), Ellie Simons, Jessica Adair, Elliot Allinson and Callum Henderson.
Joining Kerry Ingram as Matilda are: James Beesley (Bruce), Misty May Tindall (Lavender), Lara Weaver (Amanda), Robert Madge (Nigel), Jake Pratt (Eric), Jessica Daugirda and Daisy Brophy. There are two more children to cast in this team.
Matilda, A Musical previews in the RSC's Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon from 9 November 2010 and plays for a straight 12 week run until 30 January 2011. It will be directed by the Tony Award-winning Matthew Warchus, the book is by playwright and screen-writer Dennis Kelly, and the music and lyrics are by the anarchic Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin.
Other members of the creative team include: Designer Rob Howell, choreographer Peter Darling, lighting designer Hugh Vanstone, Musical Supervisor and orchestrator Chris Nightingale, Dramaturg Jeanie O'Hare, Sound designer Simon Baker, Illusionist Paul Kieve, Associate choreographer Ellen Kane and Music Director Bruce O'Neil.
Peter Darling is the choreographer of the film and stage versions of Stephen Daldry's Billy Elliot.
Matilda is Roald Dahl's magical story about a little girl with extraordinary powers and has been a favourite novel for millions of children across the world since it was first published in 1988.
Box Office: 0844 800 1110 or online on www.rsc.org.uk
The production runs from 9 November 2010 - 30 January 2011
Press Night is Thursday 9 December 2010, 5pm
For further information please contact Philippa Harland in the RSC Press Office on 020 7845 0512 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dean Asker on 01789 412660 (email@example.com)
Date: 10 September 2010