Matilda The Musical on Broadway

15 April 2013

  • THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY'S PRODUCTION OF MATILDA THE MUSICAL OPENS TO RAVE REVIEWS ON BROADWAY
  • 250,000 TICKETS RELEASED ON MONDAY FOR MATILDA THE MUSICAL AT THE CAMBRIDGE THEATRE IN LONDON

Last week the New York production of Matilda The Musical, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers, opened at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway. The show began previews on 4 March 2013 and has been described by Ben Brantley in the New York Times as 'the most satisfying and subversive musical ever to come out of Britain, where it was nurtured into life by the Royal Shakespeare Company... even more glorious than we were promised… truly revolutionary.'

Chris Jones from the Chicago Tribune describes the production as 'far and away the best new musical of the Broadway season'

The Washington Post's Peter Marks hails Matilda The Musical 'by some large and tickling measure the most splendiferous new musical of the year.'

The New York Post's Elisabeth Vincentelli says 'Once in a blue moon, a show comes out blazing and restores your faith in Broadway. A treat for ears and eyes, brain and heart, the glorious “Matilda” has it all.'

The Royal Shakespeare Company's world premiere production of Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical has captured the imagination of young and old alike and continues to play to packed houses at London's Cambridge Theatre. 250,000 tickets will go on sale on Monday 15 April for the London production which is now booking until May 2014.

Having swept the board at last year's Laurence Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking seven awards, the show has now received its eleventh Olivier Award nomination, this time for the BBC Radio 2 Audience award. The winner will be announced on Sunday 28 April at the 2013 Laurence Olivier Awards Ceremony at the Royal Opera House. Since opening in London, Matilda The Musical has won every major 'Best Musical' award.

Matilda The Musical was commissioned by the RSC and played to sold-out audiences at the RSC's The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon for twelve weeks from November 2010 to January 2011. It transferred to London's West End on Tuesday 25 October 2011.

The Creative Team
Matilda The Musical is written by playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by the anarchic Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin, and direction by Matthew Warchus.
The production is designed by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations,
additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker and the special effects and illusions are by Paul Kieve.

The Cast
Currently sharing the title role are Elisa Blake, Cristina Fray, Chloe Hawthorn, Lucy-Mae Beacock and Lara Wollington.

The current adult cast includes: Marc Antolin, Verity Bentham, Charles Brunton, Billy Cullum, Lara Denning, Haley Flaherty, Steve Furst, Mark Goldthorp, Madeleine Hardland, Maria Lawson, Joshua Lay, David Leonard, Melanie La Barrie, Annette McLaughlin, Nick Searle and Tommy Sherlock. Further adult casting includes: Fabian Aloise, Joseph Davenport, Jack Greaves, Katy Monk, Rachel Moran, Leanne Pinder and Helen Siveter.

The three teams of young performers who currently play the roles of Bruce, Lavender, Amanda, Nigel, Eric and the other pupils at Crunchem Hall are as follows:

Ella Bartman, Cally Callaghan, Amy Charlton, Harry Collett, Rhianna Dorris, Oliver Finnegan, James Gardner, Freddie Haggerty, Madeleine Haynes, Holly Hazelton, Michael Higgins, Nathan Howland, Noga Inspector, Uwan Lam, George Littell, Alfie Manser, Marcus May, Tahj Miles, Syakira Moeladi, Sophie Naglik, Emily Robins, Joshua Tikare, Ella Tweed and Red Walker and Ella Yard.

Awards
At the 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards, Best New Musical was awarded to the production and Bertie Carvel picked up the award for Best Actor in a Musical as Miss Trunchbull. Matthew Warchus collected the award for Best Director and the Best Theatre Choreographer was won by Peter Darling. Rob Howell received the award for Best Set Design, and Best Sound Design was awarded to Simon Baker. This is a new record number of wins by a single show, beating the previous best of Nicholas Nickleby, also a Royal Shakespeare Company production, which won in six categories in 1980.

In February 2012 Matilda The Musical picked up four awards at this year's Whatsonstage.com awards including Best New Musical, Rob Howell for Best Set Designer, Peter Darling for Best Choreographer and Tim Minchin for the London Newcomer of the Year. On 1 May 2012, Matilda The Musical collected the theatre prize at this year's South Bank Sky Arts Show Awards.

In 2011 Matilda The Musical won both The Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical at The Critics' Circle Awards and The Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. The production has also collected the awards for Best Musical Production and Best Performance in a Musical (Bertie Carvel) at the Theatre Awards UK 2011.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

MATILDA THE MUSICAL
Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, WC2H 9HU
Booking until May 2014

Box Office: Cambridge Theatre 0844 412 4652 / RSC Ticket Hotline 0844 800 1110
To book online visit: www.matildathemusical.com

ENDS

Press Representative: Ryan Petersen and Chloe Pritchard-Gordon at The Corner Shop PR on 020 7831 7657 ryan@thecornershoppr.com / chloe@thecornershoppr.com

  • Images and footage from the London production are available from The Corner Shop
  • The original cast recording of Matilda the Musical is available from iTunes and on CD. Recorded in a studio by the original Stratford-upon-Avon cast, the album includes 17 original numbers from the production, including When I Grow Up, Revolting Children and The Smell of Rebellion. The CD is available from the RSC Shop - www.rsc.org.uk/shop, iTunes, or via the Matilda The Musical website www.matildathemusical.com
  • Matilda The Musical is produced in the West End by the Royal Shakespeare Company with André Ptaszynski and Denise Wood as Executive Producers
  • This production was developed with the support of the RSC Literary Department.
  •  The work of the RSC Literary Department is generously supported by THE DRUE HEINZ TRUST

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