Little Matilda Adapted on the cherished novel by the legendary Roald Dahl, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Musical has won several accolades.

Adapted from the novel by Dennis Kelly and set to music by Tim Minchin, Matilda tells the tale of a remarkable little girl who, with the help of her strong will and creative imagination, decides to alter her own fate.

Matilda has been a West End hit for nearly a decade, winning over a hundred accolades worldwide, including twenty-four for Best Musical.

AWARDS—Received more than a hundred accolades worldwide, including twenty-four for Best Musical.

THE HISTORY OF THE MATILDA MUSICAL

Following early inquiries from the Roald Dahl Estate, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) started developing a musical in 2003 based on a novel by Roald Dahl. Putting together a top-notch creative team is the first step in developing a new musical. This included recruiting writer Dennis Kelly to pen the book for Matilda The Musical, director Matthew Warchus to oversee the production, and the anarchic Australian musician, composer, and comic Tim Minchin to provide the score and lyrics. The musical was finally ready to go after a number of intensive workshops facilitated by Matthew, with help from Jeanie O’Hare and the RSC Literary Department.

Thanks to Rob Howell’s design, Peter Darling’s choreography, Christopher Nightingale’s orchestrations, extra music, and musical supervision, Hugh Vanstone’s lighting, Simon Baker’s sound, and Paul Kieve’s special effects and illusions, the musical by Dennis, Tim, and Matthew came to life.

Little Matilda Playing to sold-out crowds and widespread critical praise, the musical had its world debut in November 2010 at Stratford-upon-Avon’s RSC Courtyard Theatre. The show continued to run at the Cambridge Theatre in London’s West End until October 2011, when it shifted there with Executive Producers Denise Wood, André Ptaszynski, and Griselda York.

During Matilda’s first year on the West End, the show started to get more praise and accolades.

Both the Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Theatre awards presented the show with their respective prizes for best musical in 2011. In addition, it took home the Best Performance in a Musical (Bertie Carvel). In 2012, it was nominated for four honours at the Whatsonstage.com awards: Best New Musical, Best Set Designer (Rob Howell), Best Choreographer (Peter Darling), and London Newcomer of the Year (Tim Minchin).

Following its record-breaking performance at the 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards, the production broke even and entered the Guinness Book of World Records for most Laurence Olivier award wins with seven. It did this by unseating the previous record-holder, a 1980 Royal Shakespeare Company production of Nicholas Nickleby, which had been in the running for almost 20 years and had won six Olivier awards.

The show debuted at the Shubert Theatre in the spring of 2013 and ran for four years on Broadway, co-produced by the Dodgers (winners of Tony Awards for producing classics like Jersey Boys). In addition to two Outer Critics Circle awards and five Drama Desk nominations, the show went on to win four Tonys and a Tony Honour for Excellence in the theatrical for the four girls, the most prestigious theatrical accolades in New York.

In 2015, the North American and Australian tours were added to the London and Broadway shows, respectively, by the Dodgers and Louise Withers, International Executive Producer – Australia.

The Australian production performed to sold-out crowds at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre after a critically lauded debut and a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Musical. The record-setting production won all thirteen Helpmann Awards it was nominated for in July 2016. After finishing its 2017 tour of Australia and New Zealand, Matilda the Musical embarked on its debut tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland in March of this year.

The production has been touring the globe ever since. Produced by Seensee Company, it had its non-English language debut in 2018 in Seoul, South Korea’s LG Arts Centre. The GWB Entertainment UK-produced world tour kicked out in October 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and concluded with a bang in Singapore.

The UK theatre industry, including Matilda the Musical, shut down on March 16, 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic. The RSC was elated to welcome audiences back into the Cambridge Theatre and be a part of the re-opening of London’s West End on 16 September 2021, 18 months after their last performance. Just a few months after reopening, the Cambridge Theatre in London celebrated ten years of performing. Old and new cast members and members of the company were there to help celebrate.

That was only the beginning. In October 2022, the BFI London Film Festival opened with the world premiere of a film adaption created by the same core creative team.

The film premiered in theatres throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland in November 2022, produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, The Roald Dahl Story Company’s Jon Finn and Luke Kelly, Sony Pictures UK, and TriStar Pictures. In December 2022, the film was released on Netflix worldwide. In the summer of 2023, it was distributed in the UK.

Matilda the Musical has received over a hundred accolades from across the world and has been performed in ninety-one places. Most significantly, it has captured the hearts of viewers of all ages. Over eleven million individuals throughout the globe have seen the programme so far. Even after more than a decade, people of all ages are still enchanted by the show.

Just finished its second season in Korea earlier in 2023, Matilda The Musical is currently making its Japanese debut at Tokyo’s Orb theatre.

 

HOW CAN ONE AUDITION FOR MATILDA THE MUSICAL?

Matilda, The Musical, is a West End show that takes place at the Cambridge Theatre in London, and they are always seeking youngsters to be a part of it. Singing, acting, and dancing are all heavily included.

The dates for the next round of auditions are slated for April through May of 2024. In order to be considered for an audition for Matilda the Musical, please complete this online form. Jessica Ronane, the Children’s Casting Director, may be contacted via email at matilda@jessicaronane.com for more information on auditions.

Sign up for an email alert if you would want to be notified about future auditions. A location for the auditions has not yet been announced. London is the site of the auditions.

Children under 4 feet 3 inches tall and between the ages of 8 and 12 will be considered for the part of Matilda. People in her class should be between the ages of 8 and 13, no taller than 4 feet and 10 inches, and have exceptional singing and dancing abilities. Unbroken voices are a prerequisite for boys.

In addition to learning a dance routine from the performance, you will be required to bring a brief monologue or poem to read aloud.

Casting youngsters who live within commuting distance of the theatre will allow them to remain at home and continue their education. You must be able to reach Central London within an hour by car. The whole time of practice and performance requires the presence of all youngsters. Parents are required to be present at all performances and rehearsals and may not take any vacations during this time.

ALL ABOUT THE CHARACTERS, DIALOGUES, WRITING AND COMPOSITION

While composing the musical Matilda, In Roald Dahl’s Matilda, Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin inserted new narratives, songs, and characters. The videos on this page shed light on the making of the musical, compare and contrast the plots of the book and the stage production, and include interviews with Dennis, Tim, and Lauren, the original Miss Honey, who discuss the challenges and rewards of adapting their roles to the stage.

The teacher resource bundle includes exercises to get students thinking about scripts and songs, and the character generator provides them a head start on making up their own unique cast of characters.

A narrative conveyed in a book and one recounted on stage are drastically different. Dennis and Tim discuss the sources of strong musical story ideas and how to develop them. Students may see plots in action by using the plot-o-meter and determining what makes a successful scene, and the teacher resource pack provides exercises to help students begin to develop narrative structures around people.

Tim explains his creative process for writing songs and music. In order to generate ideas for their own musical compositions, students may play around with the sound buttons on this page.

The writing process isn’t complete without rewriting. You may see the revisions made to the screenplay of Matilda the Musical by Dennis and learn more about his process by clicking on. It is now time to practise your script.

Now you need to choose the right words to describe your characters. Dennis Kelly lays out a few of his suggestions for kicking off conversations on this page. Teachers may find a wealth of writing prompts and activities in the Teachers’ Resources section.

DELVING INTO MATILDA THE MUSICAL’S SHOP

Glitter Logo T-Shirt – Kids

Celebrate the magic of Matilda the Musical with their exclusive official t-shirt! Made from 100% high-quality cotton, this t-shirt offers both comfort and style, perfect for fans of all ages.

A t-shirt made of light blue cotton that has the iconic Matilda the Musical logo that has been embellished with glitter! Cotton that is 100% ringspun. Listed below is a size chart.

Button Badge Set

Show off your love for Matilda The Musical  with this delightful set of four button badges! Featuring some of the most memorable lines from the show, these badges are perfect for adding a touch of magic to your school bag or blazer.

Each badge showcases a different iconic quote from Matilda the Musical, bringing the wit and wisdom of the beloved character to life.

Each button measures approximately 3cm in diameter, making them the perfect size for accessorizing without overwhelming your look.

Pencil Case

Get ready to bring the magic of Matilda to your school days with this charming pencil case, perfect for storing all your favorite gear!

Featuring vibrant and whimsical graphics inspired by Matilda the Musical, this pencil case captures the enchanting spirit of the show. The front showcases Matilda along with some of her most iconic moments, making it a delightful addition to your school supplies.

Measuring approximately 22cm x 15cm, this pencil case offers ample space to hold pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, and more, keeping all your essentials organized and easily accessible.

Trunchbull Hoody – Adults

In this original hooded sweatshirt, which commemorates Miss Trunchbull’s victory in the Hammer Throwing competition in 1969, you may begin your preparation for the hammer throw. “Just you wait for physical education.”

This blue hoodie is made of soft cotton and has a full zip and front pouch pockets. The right pocket contains a tiny secret aperture that may be used to feed headphones. There are several sizes available for children.

Plush Rag Doll

Bring the enchantment of Matilda the Musical into your own home with this plush rag doll, which features the lovable character’s endearing clothing and is ideal for either snuggling or displaying!

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Step into the enchanting world of Matilda the Musical and let your imagination soar! Join Matilda, the extraordinary little girl with a big heart and even bigger dreams, as she takes you on a journey filled with wonder, laughter, and unforgettable moments!

 

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