Today, the Royal Shakespeare Company announces the adult casting for the first five venues of the Matilda The Musical 2018/19 UK and Ireland Tour.Craige Els will reprise the role of Miss Trunchbull, having played her in the West End for three years between 2014 and 2017. He will be joined by Carly Thoms as Miss Honey and Sebastien Torkia as Mr Wormwood as well as former West End cast-mate Rebecca Thornhill as Mrs Wormwood.
Winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical will open at Leicester Curve (5 – 24 March) and will then tour to the Dublin Bord Gáis Energy Theatre (4 – 28 April), Sunderland Empire(8 May – 2 June), Milton Keynes Theatre (5 June – 30 June), Birmingham Hippodrome (3 July – 8 September), Manchester Palace (18 September – 24 November) and Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre (4 December – 12 January 2019). Further dates and venues are to be announced in due course. The West End production will continue to play at the Cambridge Theatre, where it is currently booking until 27 May 2018.
The full adult cast includes Joe Atkinson, Peter Bindloss, Oliver Bingham, Emily Bull, Matthew Caputo, Samara Casteallo, Craige Els, Matt Gillett, Michelle Chantelle Hopewell, Sam Lathwood, Steffan Lloyd-Evans, Charlie Martin, Anu Ogunmefun, Carly Thoms, Rebecca Thornhill,Sebastien Torkia, Taylor Walker, Adam Vaughan and Dawn Williams. The children’s cast will be announced in due course.
The production will be accompanied by Change My Story, a new education programme inspired by Matilda The Musical which will engage young people in towns and cities across the UK and Ireland. With a travelling library of stories led by Mrs Phelps and whole school takeovers, the RSC aims to reach over 15,000 children, in collaboration with touring theatre partners. Further details can be found at http://uk.matildathemusical.com/tour/.
Matilda The Musical is the longest running production at the Cambridge Theatre and will enter its seventh year in London’s West End on 25 October 2017.
Inspired by the incomparable Roald Dahl’s beloved book, Matilda The Musicalwas commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and premiered at the RSC’s The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2010, before transferring to London’s West End in October 2011, where it opened to rave reviews.
Matilda The Musical is written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, and direction by Matthew Warchus. The production is designed byRob 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 byPaul Kieve.
Monday 5 – Saturday 24 March 2018
Dublin Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
Wednesday 4 – Saturday 28 April 2018
Sunderland Empire Theatre
Tuesday 8 May – Saturday 2 June 2018
Milton Keynes Theatre
Tuesday 5 – Saturday 30 June 2018
Tuesday 3 July – Saturday 8 September 2018
Manchester Palace Theatre
Tuesday 18 September – Saturday 24 November 2018
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff / Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru
Tuesday 4 December 2018 – Saturday 12 January 2019
Photo: Manuel Harlan