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New casting announced for The Royal Shakespeare Company's Matilda The Musical

Elliot Harper

Casting news

THE Royal Shakespeare Company’s West End production of Matilda The Musical has announced the new adult and child cast, which includes the 100th Matilda to go into the show worldwide since the original opening.

Direct from the UK and Ireland tour, Elliot Harper (pictured right) joins the cast as Miss Trunchbull alongside Sebastien Torkia as Mr Wormwood. He joins Marianne Benedict who continues as Mrs Wormwood. And Carly Thoms will take over the role of Miss Honey from Gina Beck (pictured below) after her final performance in March 2020.

The new Matildas are Tilly-Raye Bayer, Olivia Juno Cleverley, Alex Munden and Zoe Simon, who share the lead role from September 2019.

The full cast includes Alex Louize Bird, Liberty Buckland, Georgia Carling, Roger Dipper, Kelly Ewins-Prouse, Ben Kerr, Matt Krzan, Connor Lewis, Tom Mather, Kane Oliver Parry, Landi Oshinowo, Ryan Pidgen, James Revell, Gemma Scholes, Christopher Tendai and Dawn Williams.

The young performers announced today join the London company in the three teams who play the roles of Bruce, Lavender, Amanda and the rest of the pupils at Crunchem Hall. They are: Lily Armitage, Brian Bartle, Kaspar Cahill-Ritter, Kingsley Campbell-Golding, Sienna Clarke, Haydn Court, Tyler De Souza, Shana Diallo, Rosie Gell-Marquez, Beth Gilmour, Louie Gray, Edward Haddon, Gracie Hodson-Prior, Emily Rees, Elliott Rose, Samson Wakayu and Louis Wint.

Toby Brandon, Tom Brown, Lucia Coleman, Leonardo Dickens, Ta’niyah Fearon-Telfer, Sophie Richards, Bella Simmons and Mia White continue in the roles of Bruce, Lavender, Amanda and the pupils at Crunchem Hall.

Gina Beck

Matilda The Musical celebrated its first UK and Ireland Tour finishing at the Theatre Royal in Norwich this August, 18 months after its opening at the Curve Theatre in Leicester. Since March 2018, the production has travelled 2,599 miles and toured to 13 venues, with 541 performances seen by a total of 855,000 audience members.

To accompany the tour, the Royal Shakespeare Company launched a new nationwide education programme Change My Story which was inspired by Matilda The Musical and devised in collaboration with each touring theatre partner to help build long term partnerships between school communities and theatres. Overall, 154 teachers, 8,885 children and young people and 100 schools participated in the programme’s workshops and performances.

Across the UK and Ireland, Change My Story appointed 42 Matilda Champion Schools to stage their own specially adapted version of the musical for the local community with the support of RSC artists. The programme also included professional development courses for teachers which used Matilda The Musical as a springboard for creative writing as well as Matilda In School Workshops for primary schools which were led by RSC and local theatre artists, exploring different storytelling techniques.

Bursting with revolting fun and naughtiness, Matilda The Musical tells the story of Matilda, the strong, determined heroine, who stands up to her bullies. This brave bookworm outwits her ghastly parents, The Wormwoods, and horrible headteacher, Miss Trunchbull, using her vivid imagination, intelligence and magical powers.

Roald Dahl’s themes of rebellion, bravery, protest and standing up for what you believe in are more relevant in 2019 than ever before.

Matilda The Musical is currently booking at the Cambridge Theatre until December 20, 2020.