Based on Roald Dahl's 1988 children's novel, the show has a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. The musical was recorded in a studio by the original cast from the sell-out season at the RSC's Courtyard Theatre. The album includes 17 original numbers from the production, including "When I Grow Up," "Revolting Children," and "The Smell of Rebellion."
As previously reported, Matilda will transfer to the West End's Cambridge Theatre, beginning performances on October 18. The show premiered last December at the company's Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Tony Award winner Matthew Warchus will direct and Peter Darling will choreograph the show.
In the musical, the central character is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her parents but impresses her schoolteacher and, over the course of her first term at school, teacher and pupil have a profound effect on each other's lives
In related news, full casting for the West End production has been announced. The four young actresses who will be sharing the role of Matilda have been announced: Eleanor Worthington Cox, Cleo Demetriou, Kerry Ingram and Sophia Kiely.
The three teams of eight young performers who will recreate 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.
The adult cast consists of Bertie Carvel (Miss Trunchbull), Paul Kaye (Mr Wormwood) Josie Walker (Mrs Wormwood) and Lauren Ward (Miss Honey) who are 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 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 production is designed by Rob Howell, with 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.
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