Today, the Royal Shakespeare Company announced that Matilda The Musical will be touring the UK and Ireland in 2018-2019, opening first at Leicester Curve in March 2018. (It will continue to play, at the Cambridge Theatre, in London).
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.”
The dates announced, so far, for the RSC’s touring production of Matilda The Musical are:
Leicester Curve (5th March – 24th March, 2018)
Dublin Bord Gais Energy Theatre (4th April – 28th April, 2018)
Sunderland Empire (8th May – 2nd June, 2018)
Milton Keynes Theatre (5th June – 30th June, 2018)
Birmingham Hippodrome (3rd July – 8th September, 2018)
Manchester Palace (18th September – 24th November, 2018)
Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre (4th December – 12th January, 2019)
Matilda has a dedicated UK and Ireland tour page, including a tour map, to which further dates and venues will be added in due course.
Tickets for Leicester, Dublin, Sunderland, Milton Keynes, Manchester and Cardiff will go on sale on 26th April, following a priority booking period from 19th April. Tickets for Birmingham go on sale on 9th May, after a priority booking from 25th April.
Dennis Kelly said: “It’s been a long time coming but I’m delighted that we get to take Matilda around the UK and to Ireland. We have some fantastic theatres in this country and in Ireland, supported by smart, engaged audiences and we can’t wait to bring this crazy, messy, anarchic explosion of a show to them.”
The production will be accompanied in each location by a new education programme to engage young people, inspired by Matilda The Musical, aiming to reach over 15,000 children. There will be a travelling library of stories led by Mrs Phelps and even whole school takeovers of Matilda! More details to be announced.
The West End production of Matilda the Musical, now in its sixth year, will continue to play to packed and delighted houses at the Cambridge Theatre, currently booking until 17th December, 2017, along with its tours around North America, Australia and New Zealand.
This musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s adored children’s story, with the book by Dennis Kelly, Tim’s music and lyrics and direction by Matthew Warchus, has won 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical and has now played in 50 cities worldwide!