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Chances are you’ll already know about the highly successful and much lauded Matilda The Musical, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of years. Based on the Roald Dahl book, it was produced by the RSC and directed by Matthew Warchus, with Dennis Kelly writing the book and our own Tim Minchin providing the music and lyrics, and it ran at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon from November last year, through to this January.

Now, if you’re anything like us, you’ll be wondering, that’s such a short run for such an amazing show, so will it be heading to the West End? Well, we told you at the end of March, that it will be, but now is the time to unleash the all-important and exciting details!

From the 18th of October 2011, Matilda The Musical will take up residence at the Cambridge Theatre in London!

Most of the adult cast from the Stratford-upon-Avon run will be reprising their roles, so if you missed it, you’ll still be able to see:

  • Bertie Carvel as the terrifying Miss Trunchbull
  • Paul Kaye as the weasely Mr Wormwood
  • Lauren Ward as the sweet Miss Honey
  • Josie Walker as the vociferous Mrs Wormwood
  • Melanie Le Barrie as the kindly Mrs Phelps

Also staying on will be Marc Antolin, Verity Bentham, Michael Kent, Matthew Malthouse, Alastair Parker, Nick Searle and Emily Shaw.

The four children playing the star of the story, Matilda, are still being cast, as are the three groups of children will be taking turns playing her cheeky classmates and we’ll be sure to raise a fuss once they’re announced!

In addition to this, the creative team who brought you the Stratford-upon-Avon will be weaving their magic once again with this West End run!

So, here’s the bit you really want to know. How to get your hands on tickets!

The show will initially be booking up to, and including, the 12th February 2012 and tickets will be on sale on Saturday at 9am from the official Matilda website. Unless, of course, you’re an RSC Member, in which case, booking opens for you tomorrow at 9am!

And, after all that, if you’re after more information, head on over to the Matilda page to read about the show’s story so far and the plethora of four and five star reviews it received during its time in Stratford-upon-Avon!

Now, on top of all this thrilling news, comes yet more! You might need to take a minute or so to catch your breath first…

The soundtrack to this amazing musical (not that we’re biased) is finally being produced! Recorded with the original Stratford-upon-Avon cast, it’ll be released around August/September and is available for you to pre-order from The RSC shop right now!

Finally, as always, the best way to hear about Matilda news first, is to sign up to the RSC mailing list.

Phew! You’re free to have a lie down now after all that excitement.

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UKstages on 8th of June 2011

what’s all this talk about a “soundtrack?”

as noted on the RSC page, stage shows have “original cast recordings,” not soundtracks! (unless of course, the actors are lyp synching to a prerecorded track in the theatre, which – in almost all cases – they are not.)

carry on.

Steve-O on 31st of May 2011

This gonna be great! probably no ginger songs?

Stephanie Vick on 23rd of May 2011

*needs* (I hate it when I don’t proofread then look stupid) Love the term “Minchinish”. I want to go to England, in 16 mos., for my 40th. Hopefully we’ll get to see it then. Otherwise I’m sure it will make for another excuse to take a trip to NYC soon enough!

Stephanie Vick on 23rd of May 2011

Someone need to edit Wikipedia on this fact!

Andrea on 20th of May 2011

Thank you Sarah for letting me know that.

Alan Baxter on 20th of May 2011

DVD Secrets: Sony don’t honor region encoding and all their DVD and Blu-Ray players will play DVDs from any region (even though they say they don’t on the box). It is worth buying a new DVD player to own Tim’s brilliance, isn’t it?

Piskeylovestim on 20th of May 2011

Brilliant news ! Now I just need to persuade my son that he really really wants to see it for his birthday in November!!

Sarah Edwards on 19th of May 2011

Andrea, my 6 and 12 year old boys both loved it, as did friends kids aged 10, 8, 6 and 4. :)

Andrea on 19th of May 2011

What is the lowest age group this is recommended for? Anyone? Daughter number 1 will be almost 9 and daughter number 2 will be six by then. Will she be too young?

Mysticl on 19th of May 2011

Will it be available as a digital download ? I am never sure whether I should purchase a Tim DVD from a British source, cause I don’t know if it will work in Canada.

I have been VERY impatiently waiting to hear the great news that the soundtrack would be available, living in Canada I am one of the unfortunate ones who has not been able to see the musical first hand :( I often joke to my husband that we should take a trip JUST to see it … maybe we’ll have to ….

Julia on 19th of May 2011

I’m going to make sure I book first thing tomorrow morning to make sure I get tickets!!!! I’ve just joined as an RSC member. Fantastic news. It was amazing in Stratford.

Debbie Morgan on 19th of May 2011

Brilliant. Looking forward to getting the soundtrack for a wonderful show.

Helen Sumner ( Rubyseventyfour) on 19th of May 2011

Exciting news for all… Hope everyone in the Uk has a ball.. Congrat Tim, you should be proud :) xxxx

Tom on 19th of May 2011


*Ahem* Sorry, got carried away. That’s fantastic news, best of luck to all involved.

Libby on 19th of May 2011

Fantastic news. Although I’m in Australia, I’m still happy for those who’ve worked so hard on this wonderful production. I’m pre-ordering the soundtrack… And hoping the show comes to Melbourne after the 2012 tour.

Little Jen on 19th of May 2011

I’ve just reminded my son my birthday’s in november. No guess what i want HINT, HINT;)

Jo Dean on 19th of May 2011

Hurrah – the soundtrack is coming! About blooming time! How can I wait till August though? I can only remember the first line of “My mummy says I’m a miracle” – I need more!
Is it going to be done in the round in the West End? It worked so well that way in Stratford.

Steve on 19th of May 2011

The show will be running on my birthday! Well huzzah with finely polished brass knobs on! I think I know what I shall ask for for my birthday this year! :)

Carol West on 19th of May 2011

This is fantastic! Bertie Carvel is a terrific Miss Trunchbull and the music (of course) is splendid and Minchinish.

Cathy (traineeflorist) on 19th of May 2011

Yes!!! And I’m an RSC member so roll on tomorrow :o)))

Tracey/rm on 19th of May 2011

Was so sad that I, once again, can’t go to see this , but am now so happy I can get my hands on the soundtrack, yay! Tx

Janet on 19th of May 2011

Congrats tim

Steve Morgan on 19th of May 2011

That’s brilliant news. Congratulations to all concerned.

I might just have to go and see it again :-)

Elaine (elainepixie) on 19th of May 2011

How exciting! Thrilled to see so many of the original cast still in place. Looking forward to getting my mitts on the soundtrack too!

Kathy on 19th of May 2011


Danielle on 19th of May 2011

Congrats to all! My family and I await the soundtrack with impatience.

Lou on 19th of May 2011

Hurrah! Confirmed dates AND soundtrack pre-order? I am one very happy bunny right now. ;)

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