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Craige Els is the new Miss Trunchbull in Matilda The Musical

Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly introduce Craige Els
Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly introduce Craige Els

Enchanting the imagination of young and old, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical carries on playing to packed houses at the Cambridge Theatre in London’s West End. Matilda The Musical has now been seen by almost 1.5million people following its transfer in October 2011 to the West End. The production was commissioned by the RSC and performed to sold-out audiences at the RSC’s The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon for a limited run of twelve weeks from November 2010 to January 2011.

Craige Els will join the company as Miss Trunchbull from September, playing alongside James Clyde (Mr Wormwood), Haley Flaherty (Miss Honey) and Kay Murphy (Mrs Wormwood).

Craige has previously appeared on stage in Timon of Athens, Antigone and The Cherry Orchard (National Theatre) and on screen in Ripper Street, The Bletchley Circle and Call The Midwife. Further theatre credits include Mamma Mia! (Novello), Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival Theatre), The New Yorkers (Sadler’s Wells), Never Forget (West End and Tour) and Spamalot (West End).

Matilda Shapland and Violet Tucker will join Tasha Chapple and Lottie Sicilia in the title role from September 2014.

Adult cast includes: Lucy Jane Adcock, Fabian Aloise, Ashley Cooper, Jonathan Cordin, Ashleigh Drew, Nicholas Duncan, Demi Goodman, William Kenning, Antony Lawrence, Max Parker, Lisa Davina Phillip, Charlotte Scott, Tommy Sherlock, Hollie Taylor, Amy Thornton, Jason Winter and Joshua Wyatt. Lara Denning will play the role of Miss Honey from 29 September – 26 October.

The three teams of young performers who will play the roles of Bruce, Lavender, Amanda, Nigel, Eric and the other pupils at Crunchem Hall from September are as follows:

Nael Ameen, Robyn Ashwood, Lily Blackwell, Joshua Cameron, Kira Caple, Polly Grace Coombes, Connor Davies, Denzel Eboji, India Jane Erlam, Georgia Farrow, Rory Fraser, Havana Garcia, Emile Gooding, Remi Gooding, Ilan Galkoff, Luka Green, Hannah Hutchins, Lauren Marler, Ruby McNamara, Miriam Nyarko, Annabel Otterburn, William Price, Rory Toms, Harry Tunningly and Arthur Yamaguchi.

Matilda The Musical has now achieved a total of 50 awards in Stratford-upon-Avon, London and New York. Dominating at the 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking seven awards, Matilda The Musical has gone on to be a treemndous success on Broadway, winning four Tony Awards® and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for each of the four girls sharing the title role.

The New York production of Matilda The Musical, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers commenced previews in March 2013 at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre. The Australian Premiere of the production will take place at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre in August 2015.

Matilda The Musical is written by playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by comedian, musician and composer 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.

Book Matilda The Musical Tickets for The Cambridge Theatre, London.

Matilda The Musical
Running Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Age Restrictions: Suitable for ages 6 and over. Children under the age of 6 will not be allowed in to the theatre.
Evenings: Tuesday 7.00pm, Wednesday to Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm, Sunday 3.00pm


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