Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical

Four young actresses playing the title role in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical are revealed today, Roald Dahl Day, 13 September 2011.

Matilda The Musical original cast recording now available from the RSC Shop

The young actresses who will share the title role in the London transfer of the Royal Shakespeare Company's world premiere production of Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical are Eleanor Worthington Cox, Cleo Demetriou, Kerry Ingram and Sophia Kiely. They were photographed today, Roald Dahl Day, overlooking London from the EDF London Eye. The production will preview at the Cambridge Theatre from Tuesday 18 October.

Born in Merseyside, ten year old Eleanor Winifred Worthington Cox trained at Formby School of Dance and Performing Arts from a very young age. Eleanor performed as part of the chorus in Bill Kenwright's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Liverpool Empire. She will make her professional West End debut with the RSC in Matilda The Musical.

Born in Cyprus, eleven year old Cleo Demetriou now lives in London. Cleo has been performing in the West End since the age of seven. She made her professional debut playing Gretl in The Sound of Music (London Palladium) and has recently performed alongside Alfie Boe and Matt Lucas in Les Miserables.

Twelve year old Kerry Ingram made her RSC season debut playing the role of Matilda in the original cast in Stratford. Kerry trained at Corona Youth Theatre and has appeared in numerous productions including Oliver! (Theatre Royal Drury Lane) and Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Royal Windsor).

Making her professional debut in Matilda The Musical, eleven year old Sophia Kiely was born in London and attends the Royal Academy of Dance.

The original cast recording of the RSC's production of Matilda The Musical, with music and lyrics by the award-winning musician and comedian Tim Minchin, is released on CD today. Recorded in a studio by the original cast from the sell-out season at the RSC's Courtyard Theatre, the album will include 17 original numbers from the production, including When I Grow Up, Revolting Children and The Smell of Rebellion.

The CD is initially available exclusively from the RSC Shop - - or via the Matilda The Musical website

Today, 13 September 2011 marks the sixth annual Roald Dahl Day – on what would have been the great man's birthday. Roald Dahl Day is a celebration of the work, life and diverse legacy of one of the world's best-loved storytellers. Celebrations are happening throughout September, all over the UK & Ireland and around the globe. 2011 marks a phenomenal fifty years since Roald Dahl's classic tale, James and the Giant Peach was first published.

A fundraising campaign is officially launched today to save and share the humble garden hut in which Roald Dahl wrote his unforgettable stories. Sophie Dahl, Roald's granddaughter and patron of the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, officially launched the campaign on BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning. Phase 1 of the campaign targets £500,000 for the first phase of developments - acquiring, conserving and displaying the interior of Roald Dahl's iconic writing hut and its eclectic contents in the award-winning Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. A further £500,000 is being sought for a second phase of developments to the museum.

The shortlisted titles for this year's Roald Dahl Funny Prize have just been announced. The award, which honours the funniest children's books of the year, was established by Michael Rosen, who also chairs the judging panel. This year's shortlist includes a collection of animal fables from Monty Python's Terry Jones.

The three teams of eight young performers who will recreate the roles of Bruce, Lavender, Amanda, Nigel, Eric and the other pupils at Crunchem Hall Primary School are:

Thomas Atkinson, Jake Bailey, James Beesley, Ruby Bridle, Oonagh Cox, Jemima Eaton, Alicia Gould, Zachary Harris, Callum Henderson, Fleur Houdijk, Jamie Kaye, William Keeler, Lily Laight, Katie Lee, Isobelle Molloy, Jemima Morgan, Toby Murray, Alfie Manser, Lucy May Pollard, Annabel Parsons, Ellie Simons, Louis Suc, Jaydon Vijn and Ted Wilson.

The adult cast consists of Bertie Carvel (Miss Trunchbull), Paul Kaye (Mr Wormwood) Josie Walker (Mrs Wormwood) and Lauren Ward (Miss Honey) who are reprising their roles alongside Marc Antolin, Verity Bentham, Peter Howe, Michael Kent, Melanie La Barrie, Matthew Malthouse, Alastair Parker, Nick Searle and Emily Shaw who also appeared in the original production in Stratford.

Further adult casting includes: Matthew Clark, Leanne Pinder, Rachel Moran, Lucy Thatcher, Tim Walton and Gary Watson.

Matilda The Musical 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. Roald Dahl's magical story about a girl with extraordinary powers has been a favourite novel for millions of people across the world since it was published in 1988.

The new stage musical, which captured the imagination of young and old alike during its short run, is written by the highly acclaimed 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 special effects and illusions are by Paul Kieve.

The entire creative team have reassembled to create the London production.

Matilda The Musical is produced in the West End by the Royal Shakespeare Company with André Ptaszynski as Executive Producer.

This production was developed with the support of Company Dramaturg Jeanie O'Hare and the RSC Literary Department.

For the initial booking period tickets are available for performances up to and including Sunday 12 February 2012.

Box Office: See Tickets 0844 412 4652 / RSC Ticket Hotline 0844 800 1110


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Listings information
Matilda The Musical
Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, WC2H 9HU
18 October 2011 – 12 February 2012
Opening Night: 22 November 2011
Box Office: 0844 412 4652 / 0844 800 1110

To book online visit:

  • For more information on Roald Dahl Day and the fundraising campaign, please contact Justin Somper at just so (020 8341 6523 / )
  • For more information on the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, please contact Alice Ingall at Booktrust ( 020 8875 4827 / )
  • The work of the RSC Literary Department is generously supported by The Drue Heinz Trust
  • Holiday Inn is the RSC's preferred hotel partner for Matilda The Musical

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