The Royal Shakespeare Company's Matilda the Musical has found a West End home at the Cambridge Theatre, where performances will begin on October 18. The theater's current tenant, the long-running revival of Chicago, will move to another yet to be determined theater, a production spokesperson told Broadway.com. Matilda is directed by Matthew Warchus and features a book by Denis Kelly and score by Tim Minchin. Casting is underway to find four actresses to alternate playing the title role.
Adapted from the popular 1988 Roald Dahl children's novel, Matilda follows an intelligent young girl with extraordinary powers who rebels against her nasty parents and the child-hating headmistress of her boarding school. The production played at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2010.
Much of the original production's cast will return, including Bertie Carvel (Miss Trunchbull), Paul Kaye (Mr. Woormwood), Josie Walker (Mrs. Wormwood), Lauren Ward (Miss Honey). The cast also features Marc Antolin, Verity Bentham, Michael Kent, Melanie La Barrie, Matthew Malthouse, Alastair Parker, Nick Searle and Emily Shaw. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
The production features set design by Rob Howell, choreography by Peter Darling, musical supervision and orchestrations by Christopher Nightingale, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone, sound design by Simon Baker and special effects by Paul Kieve.