ADULT CASTING ANNOUNCED
Matilda to make North East debut at
Tuesday 8 May –
Saturday 2 June 2018
THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY ANNOUNCES ADULT CASTING FOR THE
& UK TOUR OF MATILDA THE MUSICAL IRELAND
PREVIOUS WEST END CAST MEMBERS CRAIGE ELS
AND REBECCA THORNHILL WILL JOIN THE TOUR AS MISS TRUNCHBULL AND MRS WORMWOOD
AND SEBASTIEN TORKIA WILL 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 2018/19 UK 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,
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. Peter
Craige Els (Miss Trunchbull) has previously appeared on stage in Timon of
, 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, Athens ), Mamma Mia! (Novello), Manchester ! (Chichester
Festival Theatre), The New Yorkers (Sadler’s
Wells), Never Forget ( Oklahoma 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
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. LV
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 in Japan.
The production will be accompanied by a new education programme inspired by Matilda The Musical which will engage young people in towns and cities across the
and UK . With a travelling library of stories led by Mrs
Phelps and whole school takeovers, the Ireland 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
’s London 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 ’s London West End in October 2011, where it
opened to rave reviews.
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. New York
Matilda The Musical has now been seen by more than 7 million people worldwide. Having swept the 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
tour has now played sold-out seasons in New Zealand , Melbourne , Brisbane and Perth . In July 2016, Matilda The Musical broke further records by winning all 13
Helpmann Awards for which it was nominated. The Australian and Adelaide production concludes its tour on 22
October, where it is playing at the Civic Theatre in New Zealand . Auckland
Matilda 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
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. Peter
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