Matilda The Musical Will Launch National Tour in 2015

By Adam Hetrick
February 6, 2014

The Tony Award-winning production Matilda The Musical, based on Roald Dahl's beloved children's book about a precocious bookworm with magical powers, will launch a national tour in May 2015 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, producers announced Feb. 6. 



The elaborate stage production will first play a technical preview run at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, CT, prior to the May 2015 official tour launch in L.A. Additional stops include the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre and Dallas’ AT&T Performing Arts Center, with more stops to be announced. 

Casting for the tour will be announced at a later time.

Matilda premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Courtyard Theatre in November 2010 and later transferred to the West End's Cambridge Theatre, where it continues to run. The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers present the Broadway run, which opened on Broadway April 11, 2013, at the Shubert Theatre after previews that began March 4.

Read reviews for Matilda here.

Tony Award-winning director Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage, The Norman Conquests, Boeing-Boeing, La Bête, Ghost) staged the inventive, kid-packed musical that has a book by Dennis Kelly and a score by Tim Minchin.

Matilda received four Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical, Best Featured Actor (Gabriel Ebert), Best Lighting Design and Best Scenic Design.

According to producers, Matilda "is the story of an extraordinary little girl who decides that despite a bad beginning filled with rotten parents, a terrifying school and a vicious head mistress, her story is going to be an astonishing one. With the help of her teacher, her friends and a little bit of imagination, Matilda proves that even if you're little, you can do big things."

The production has set and costume design by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone and sound design by Simon Baker. 

Check out Playbill.com's highlights from Matilda: