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Cambridge Theatre

Earlham Street WC2H 9HU

Matilda - The Musical

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Show Details
Preview 25th Oct 11
Opens 24th Nov 11
Booking to 31st Dec 21
Show Times
Tues - Fri 7.00 pm
Matinée Wed,
2.00 pm 2.30 pm
3.00 pm
7.30 pm
Length of show - 2hrs 40mins

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  • Lilian Hardy, Emma Moore, Éva-Marie Saffrey and Abbie Vena - Matilda
  • Craige Els - Miss Trunchbull
  • Michael Begley - Mr Wormwood
  • Miria Parvin - Miss Honey
  • Rebecca Thornhill - Mrs Wormwood
  • Richard Astbury
  • Oliver Brooks
  • Collette Coleman
  • Maria Graciano
  • Elliot Harper
  • Daniel Hope
  • Daniel Ioannou
  • Kate Kenrick
  • Katie Lee
  • Fergal McGoff
  • Tom Muggeridge
  • Matthew Rowland
  • Matthew Serafini
  • Biancha Szynal
  • Laura Tyrer
  • Sharlene Whyte

Matilda School Room


  • Novel - Roald Dahl
  • Book: Dennis Kelly
  • Music and Lyrics: Tim Minchin
  • Director: Matthew Warchus
  • Choreography: Peter Darling
  • Set & Costume Design: Rob Howell
  • Orchestrations & Additional Music: Christopher Nightingale
  • Lighting Design: Hugh Vanstone
  • Sound Design: Simon Baker
  • Illusion: Paul Kieve
  • Associate Choreographer: Ellen Kane
  • Associate Director: Luke Sheppard
  • Associate Director: Lotte Wakeham
  • Musical Director: Bruce O’Neil
  • Commissioning Dramaturg: Jeanie O’Hare
  • Casting Director: Hannah Miller
  • Children's Casting Director: Jessica Ronane
  • Dialect Coach: Daron Oram
  • Children's Manager: Jo Hawes
  • Children’s Musical Director: Laura Bangay
  • Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Executive Producer: André Ptaszynski

A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.



Please be aware that due to Covid 19 restrictions this show is liable to change at short notice.

All Performances of this show are suspended until the end of January 2021.

Please contact the theatre directly to confirm the details.


Roald Dahl writes books that include a darker side and generally comes up with a solution - albeit magical - that puts the bad (dark) characters in their places. Children and adults love them with good reason. Matilda was turned into a film which appears to have completely missed several of Dahl's salient points (as Hollywood so does) - one of which was normalising Matilda's powers and why she had them. The play does no such thing.

Matilda Matilda, adapted from the book itself, is a terrific if spectacular musical with an enormous cast of highly talented singing and dancing players divided into two groups - Adults and children. It is a perfect night out with the children - and a brilliant alternative to the trad parties that end up costing a lot with the extras - as it takes more and more to amuse / satisfy chiildren of today.

The theme is getting back at hypocritical grown-up bullying by contempt - (not that most of us think for a moment we are doing any bullying anyway.... feels more like defending ourselves doesn't it?) This show can bring the subversive war into the open and do a lot to sort it out to a balanced family in the face of a media that does its best to cause any divide it can. (Not that the press notice this themselves - they just go on sleepily churning out more of the same that seemed popular before - poor things they are told what to say anyway).

Matilda Chair

The theatre is probably the freest medium of expression around because with art (and the creatives - well named in this case) that comes with the expression is real. Real human perform it on stage then and there right in front of real ole you.

Matilda PianoFurthermore this musical is put forth with humour - a dying art in hollywood mass production. Tim Minchin was called by the RSC (Royal shakespeare company) as the perfect fit - well Shakespeare is a major progenitor and preservative of the famous brit humour that Minchin has in spades - a cool mix of Aussie and best of Brit. So this is an original musical and originality these days is quite SOMETHING.

Really - not to miss this one - if you want to sneak out on your own for some sheer fun - try booking only one ticket... you'll be back with the family.


Matilda has an irrepressible spirit and impressive intelligence and is at odds with her family who care for neither. She detests the cheating ways of her father and decides to see what she can do to pay him back quietly. She is sent to school and finds much the same there but at school she has a couple of allies (the goodies of course). The story unfolds to see some injustices set right and how it ends is for the performers to reveal.

Matilda Swings


  • Mylo Burton-Mays
  • Kira Caple
  • Jessica Chalmers
  • Hari Coles
  • Archie Durrant
  • Charlotte Fallart
  • Regan Garcia
  • Ptolemy Gidney
  • Aiyana Goodfellow
  • Sebastian Harry
  • Angelina Li
  • Tilda Marriage Massey
  • Ben Robinson
  • Tori Louise Ryan
  • Kacy O’Sullivan
  • Nicholas Antoniou-Tibbitts
  • Max Brophy
  • Olivia Calladine-Smith
  • Elena Cervesi
  • Miles Harcombe
  • Michael Hawkins
  • Sam Jennings
  • Craig Noakes
  • Tia Palamathanan
  • Scarlett Wennink
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