20th Oct, 2017

RSC's Matilda the Musical set for UK and Ireland tour

Ian Hughes 11th Apr, 2017

THE ROYAL Shakespeare Company’s multi award-winning production of Matilda The Musical will embark on a UK and Ireland tour in 2018.

Winner of 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, the RSC’s touring production of Matilda The Musical will open at Leicester Curve (March 5 to 24), followed by Dublin Bord Gais Energy Theatre (April 4 to 28) Sunderland Empire (May 8 to June 2), Milton Keynes Theatre (June 5 to 30), Birmingham Hippodrome (July 3 to September 8), Manchester Palace (September 18 to November 24) and Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre (December 4 to January 12).

The production will be accompanied in each location by a new education programme to engage young people, inspired by Matilda The Musical.

From a travelling library of stories led by Mrs Phelps, to whole school takeovers of Matilda, the RSC aims to reach over 15,000 children, in collaboration with touring theatre partners.

Catherine Mallyon, RSC Executive Director said: “We are thrilled our home-grown miracle, which started life after a seven year gestation in Stratford, has grown into a bit of a global phenomenon.

“Following Matilda’s successful run on Broadway, our current tours around North America, Australia and New Zealand, and continuing into our sixth year at the Cambridge Theatre in London’s West End, it is fantastic that we can share Matilda with audiences around the UK and in Ireland. In collaboration with our touring partners we will also deliver a programme of ground-breaking interactive education projects to enable young people to emulate Matilda, sharing the extraordinary power of story-telling and the boundless creativity of their imaginations.”

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 in November 2010, before transferring to London’s West End in October 2011, where it opened to rave reviews.

Now in its sixth year in London’s West End, Matilda The Musical is the longest running production at the Cambridge Theatre where it continues to play to packed houses.

Matilda The Musical has been seen by more than 6.5 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.

It has now played in 50 cities worldwide and continues to delight audiences in London, Australia and on tour around North America.

Written by Dennis Kelly, with original songs by Tim Minchin and direction by Matthew Warchus, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

Tim said: “I – like millions of others – feel like Dahl is in my blood, because I grew up with his books. So to have contributed to a piece of work that brings one of his most famous stories to life is one of my life’s great joys. I’m utterly thrilled that audiences in cities all across the UK and Ireland will now share and be part of Matilda’s story.”

Visit www.matildathemusical.com for further details.

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