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Preview: Matilda at Sunderland Empire
Announced For Matilda’s Big North East Debut
Tuesday 8 May – Saturday
2 June 2018
BRADBURY, LARA COHEN, POPPY JONES AND NICOLA TURNER WILL SHARE THE TITLE ROLE OF MATILDA
The Royal Shakespeare Company have announced
the child casting for the first five venues of the Matilda The Musical 2018/19UK and Ireland Tour. The title role will be shared by Annalise Bradbury,
Lara Cohen, Poppy Jones and Nicola Turner.The West
End production will continue to play at the Cambridge Theatre, where it is now
in its seventh year and is booking until 10 February 2019.
of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical will open at Leicester Curve (5 – 24 March) and will also visit 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 previously announced adult cast for the UK and
Ireland Tour will see Craige Els 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 and Rebecca Thornhill as Mr and Mrs
other young performers announced today join the UK and Ireland Tour in the
three teams who play the roles of Bruce, Lavender, Amanda and the rest of the
pupils at Crunchem Hall and are as follows: Louella Asante-Owusu, Isobelle
Chalmers, Shaquahn Crowe, Kiana Dumbuya, Madeline Gilby, Sheldon Golding, Jobe Hart, Raphael Higgins-Humes, Dylan
Hughes, Sam Lovelock, Tayah Marshall Brewster, Jaden Meek, Alfie Murray, Nicholas
Seal, Daisy Sequerra, Elliot Stiff, Lyla Toplass, George Varley, Scarlett
Weegram, Maisy-May Woods-Smeeth, Harrison Wilding, and Sophie Young.
The full adult cast includes Joe Atkinson, Nina Bell, 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.
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
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 the musical’s
librarian 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/schools/matilda-school-resources/.
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.
The 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.
has now been seen by more than 7.7 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, Adelaide and Auckland. In July 2016, Matilda The Musical broke further
records by winning all 13 Helpmann Awards for which it was nominated. The show
began playing its first non-English language production in South Korea in
September 2017, where it will play at the LG Arts Centre in Seoul until
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.