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Preview: Matilda at Sunderland Empire
ADULT CASTING ANNOUNCED
Matilda tomake North East debut at
Tuesday 8 May – Saturday 2 June 2018
THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE
COMPANY ANNOUNCES ADULT CASTING FOR THE UK & IRELAND TOUR OF MATILDA THE MUSICAL
PREVIOUS WEST END CAST
MEMBERS CRAIGE ELS AND REBECCA THORNHILL WILL JOIN THE TOUR AS MISS TRUNCHBULL ANDMRS WORMWOOD
CARLY THOMS AND SEBASTIEN TORKIAWILL PLAY MISS HONEY AND MR WORMWOOD
The Royal Shakespeare
Company are delighted to announce the adult casting for the first five venues
of the Matilda The Musical 2018/19UK and Ireland Tour including
Sunderland Empire. 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
Walker, Adam Vaughan and Dawn Williams. The
children’s cast will be announced in due course.
Craige Els (Miss Trunchbull)
has previously appeared on stage in Timon
of Athens, Antigone and The Cherry
Orchard (National Theatre) and on screen in Ripper Street, The Bletchley
Circle and Call The Midwife.
Further theatre credits include Victoria Wood’s That Day We Sang (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Mamma Mia! (Novello), Oklahoma! (Chichester
Festival Theatre), The New Yorkers (Sadler’s
Wells), Never Forget (West End and tour) and Spamalot (West End).
Craige has also appeared on the big screen in films such as The Imitation Game, Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina and Simon Connelly’s Hamlet.
Carly Thoms (Miss Honey) most recently starred as
Natella/Ludvica in The Caucasian Chalk
Circle (Greenwich Theatre). Other stage roles include LV in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (The
Union Theatre), Miss Dorothy in Thoroughly
Modern Millie (Adelphi), the title role in Cinderella (Hackney Empire and De Montfort Hall), Lucy in Ushers (The Charing Cross Theatre) and
Liesl in The Sound of Music UK Tour.
Rebecca Thornhill (Mrs Wormwood) is an Olivier Award-nominated actress with
an illustrious musical theatre background. Rebecca’s previous stage credits
include lead roles in From Here To Eternity (Shaftesbury), Mary
Poppins (Prince Edward and USA tour), Chicago (Adelphi), Ragtime
(Piccadilly), Witches of Eastwick (Prince of Wales and UK tour), South
Pacific (UK tour), Beauty and the Beast (Dominion) and Les
Misérables (Palace and Denmark). In addition to her credits in the West
End, Rebecca has appeared at the National Theatre in Singin’ in the Rain
(for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award) and played Gertie in Trevor
Nunn’s production of Oklahoma! opposite Hugh Jackman and Maureen Lipman.
Sebastien Torkia (Mr Wormwood) has a wide range of
theatre credits which include the original West End casts of La Cage Aux Folles, Guys and Dolls, Saturday
Night Fever, Martin Guerre and Grease.
Other roles include Sweeney Todd (West
Yorkshire Playhouse and Royal Exchange, Manchester), Ed in The Lion King (Lyceum), A
Streetcar Named Desire (Bolton Octogan),Women
Beware Women (National Theatre), Eddie Ryan in Funny Girl (Chichester Festival Theatre), Greg Gardner in A Chorus Line (Sheffield Crucible),
Maugrim/Giant Rumblebuffin in The Lion,
the Witch and the Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Steve in Singin' in the Rain (national tour), and
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella
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 Musical was 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.
New York production of Matilda The Musical opened in April 2013
at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre and was celebrated on
10 “Top Ten” lists for 2013, including TIME Magazine’s #1 Show of the Year.
The Musical has now been seen by more than 7
million people worldwide. Having sweptthe board at the 2012
Olivier Awards, with a record-breaking seven awards, and winning four Tony
Awards and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for the four girls
sharing the title role on Broadway, Matilda The Musical has now played in over 60 cities and has
played more than 5500 performances worldwide.
After winning a Sydney
Theatre Award for Best Musical in 2015, the Australian and New Zealand tour has now played sold-out seasons in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. In July 2016, Matilda The Musical broke further records by winning all 13
Helpmann Awards for which it was nominated. The Australian and New Zealand production concludes its tour on 22
October, where it is playing at the Civic Theatre in Auckland.
The Musical is produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company with
André Ptaszynski and Denise Wood as Executive Producers. The production was
developed with the support of Jeanie O’Hare and the RSC Literary Department.
Matilda The Musical is written by Dennis Kelly,
with music and lyrics by 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.