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The RSC's Matilda The Musical to start earlier on weekdays from September 2018

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FOLLOWING a review of new audience research carried out on behalf of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical, all evening weekday performances of the award-winning musical will begin at 7pm from September 12, 2018.

The survey found that the majority of London theatre-bookers surveyed gave several reasons for a preferred earlier start time for a night at the theatre, including:

. There would be more time to socialise after the show rather than rush home, allowing theatregoers to make the most of London’s vibrant bar and restaurant scene.

. For those who commute to London, it can be stressful to see a West End show if they are worried about missing their last train home.

. Parents said it would be easier to arrange a night out without their children if they could get home earlier and not worry about keeping a babysitter waiting up too late.

Matilda The Musical has now been seen by eight million people worldwide, having toured to 64 cities and played more than 5800 performances in the West End, on Broadway and on tour across North America, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Matilda The Musical will have its first non-English language production at the LG Arts Centre in Seoul, South Korea from September 2018.

Inspired by the incomparable Roald Dahl’s beloved book, Matilda The Musical was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and premiered at the RSC’s Stratford-upon-Avon home in November 2010, before transferring to London’s West End in October 2011, where it opened to rave reviews. The New York production of Matilda The Musical opened in April 2013 at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre and was celebrated on 10 “Top Ten” lists for 2013.

Matilda The Musical is now booking until October 20, 2019 at the Cambridge Theatre as the show celebrates its eight-millionth customer.

There will be a relaxed performances for the West End production of Matilda The Musical at 3pm on Sunday, June 10, 2018 and another at Birmingham Hippodrome at 2pm on Thursday, July 19 (part of the UK and Ireland Tour). Read more.