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RSC’s HIT SHOW ‘MATILDA THE MUSICAL’ COMES TO THE CENTRE FOR CHRISTMAS 2018 Wales Millennium Centre is proud to announce that the Royal Shakespeare Company’s multi-award winning production of Matilda The Musical will be its Christmas 2018 show.

The show, which is inspired by Roald Dahl’s beloved book ‘Matilda’, will be coming to Cardiff between 4 December 2018 and 12 January 2019 as part of its first UK and Ireland tour.

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.

With a book by Dennis Kelly, 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.

Matilda The Musical was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and premiered at the RSC’s The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2010, before transferring to London’s West End in October 2011, where it opened to rave reviews.

Winner of 85 major international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, 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, Matilda The Musical has now played in 51 cities worldwide and continues to delight audiences in London, Australia and on tour around North America.

The production will be accompanied in each location of its UK tour 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. Further details will be announced nearer the date.

Artistic Director of Wales Millennium Centre, Graeme Farrow, said: “I’m delighted that Matilda will coming to the city of her creator Roald Dahl’s birth city, Cardiff, next Christmas. This magical production, which has been enchanting audiences since it first opened seven years ago, will be the perfect show for the festive season.

“Our hugely successful Dahl centenary celebrations in 2016 created inspirational and memorable experiences for so many people and I am confident that Matilda the Musical will capture the hearts and imagination of our audience - in particular the younger generation for whom this might be their first theatre outing. We can’t wait to welcome Matilda’s cast and crew to the Centre in December 2018.”

Catherine Mallyon, RSC Executive Director added: “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 UK touring partners we will also deliver a programme of ground-breaking interactive education projects to enable young people around the country to emulate Matilda, sharing the extraordinary power of story-telling and the boundless creativity of their imaginations.”

Matilda The Musical is produced in the West End and on tour by the Royal Shakespeare Company with André Ptaszynski and Denise Wood as Executive Producers. The production was developed with the support of Jeanie O’Hare and the RSC Literary Department.

Matilda The Musical is written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, and direction 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.

Tickets go on sale on 26 April, following a priority booking period between 19 and 25 April.

Matilda The Musical. Wales Millennium Centre. 4 December 2018 – 12 January 2019

Box Office: 029 2063 6464

For further information go to
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e-mail: Elin Rees
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