The Royal Shakespeare Company’s multi award-winning Matilda The Musical will take to the road across the UK and Ireland next year.
Launching at the Leicester Curve in March, the 2018-2019 tour of the hit musical version of Roald Dahl’s much-loved book will visit Dublin, Sunderland, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Manchester and Cardiff.
Winner of 85 major international awards, including 15 for Best Musical, the West End production continues to play to packed houses at the Cambridge Theatre, and is currently booking until 17 December.
The touring version of production of Matilda The Musical will play the Leicester Curve from 5-24 March 2018 before moving on to Dublin Bord Gais Energy Theatre (4 April-28 April), Sunderland Empire (8 May-2 June), Milton Keynes Theatre (5 June-30 June), Birmingham Hippodrome (3 July-8 September), Manchester Palace (18 September-24 November) and Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre (4 December-12 January 2019). Further dates and venues are to be announced at a later date.
Inspired by the world of Matilda The Musical, a new education programme designed to reach more than 15,000 young people will work with touring theatre partners to bring the world of literary imagination to local youngsters.
Commenting on the tour, writer 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 show’s co-creator Tim Minchin added: “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.”
Announcing the tour, RSC executive director Catherine Mallyon said: “We are thrilled our home-grown miracle, which started life after a seven-year gestation in Stratford-upon-Avon, 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.”
Written by playwright Kelly, with music and lyrics by comedian, musician and composer Minchin, Matilda The Musical is directed by Matthew Warchus. The production is designed by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker and the special effects and illusions are by Paul Kieve.
Now in its sixth year in London’s West End, and the longest-running production at the Cambridge Theatre, Matilda The Musical has been seen by more than 6.5 million people worldwide. After sweeping the board at the 2012 Olivier Awards where it collected a record-breaking seven awards, Matilda The Musical has now played in 50 cities worldwide and continues to entertain audiences in London, Australia and on tour around North America. The show is due to premiere in New Zealand at The Civic in Auckland this August where it will play a strictly limited season.
Matilda The Musical is produced in the West End by the Royal Shakespeare Company with André Ptaszynski and Denise Wood as executive producers. The production was developed with the support of Company dramaturg Jeanie O’Hare and the RSC Literary Department.
Tickets for the London production of Matilda The Musical are available HERE.