Matilda — The Musical Opens Officially at West End's Cambridge Theatre Nov. 24

By Mark Shenton
24 Nov 2011

Kerry Ingram
Kerry Ingram
Photo by Alastair Muir

The West End transfer of the Royal Shakespeare Company's world-premiere production of Roald Dahl's Matilda — The Musical, first seen at Stratford-upon-Avon last Christmas, opens officially at the Cambridge Theatre Nov. 24, following previews that began Oct. 25.

It features the same adult principals that starred at Stratford-upon-Avon. Bertie Carvel plays Miss Trunchbull, with Paul Kaye and Josie Walker as Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood and Lauren Ward as Miss Honey, 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 all appeared in the original production in Stratford.

Further adult casting includes Matthew Clark, Leanne Pinder, Rachel Moran, Lucy Thatcher, Tim Walton and Gary Watson. The four young actresses who share the title role are Eleanor Worthington Cox, Cleo Demetriou, Kerry Ingram and Sophia Kiely.

The three teams of eight young performers who play 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.



Originally running at the RSC's Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon for a 12-week season from November 2010 to January 2011, Matilda — the Musical is written by playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by the 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 by Paul Kieve. It is produced in the West End by the Royal Shakespeare Company with André Ptaszynski as executive producer.

To book tickets, which are on sale through Feb. 12, 2012, contact the box office on 0844 412 4652, or visit www.matildathemusical.com for more details.