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Adult casting announced for the UK and Ireland tour of Matilda The Musical

Casting news

THE Royal Shakespeare Company has announced the adult casting for the first five venues of the Matilda The Musical 2018/19 UK and Ireland Tour.

Craige Els will reprise the role of Miss Trunchbull, having played her in the West End for three years between 2014 and 2017. He will be joined by Carly Thoms as Miss Honey and Sebastien Torkia as Mr Wormwood as well as former West End cast-mate Rebecca Thornhill as Mrs Wormwood.

Craige Els has previously appeared on stage in Timon of Athens, Antigone and The Cherry Orchard (National Theatre), Victoria Wood’s That Day We Sang (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Mamma Mia! (Novello Theatre), Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival Theatre), The New Yorkers (Sadler’s Wells), Never Forget (West End and tour) and Spamalot (West End).

His screen work includes Ripper Street, The Bletchley Circle and Call The Midwife (TV); The Imitation Game, Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina and Simon Connelly’s Hamlet (film).

Carly Thoms most recently starred as Natella/Ludvica in The Caucasian Chalk Circle at Greenwich Theatre. Her other stage roles include LV in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Union Theatre), Miss Dorothy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Adelphi Theatre), the title role in Cinderella (Hackney Empire and De Montfort Hall), Lucy in Ushers (Charing Cross Theatre) and Liesl in The Sound of Music (UK Tour).

Rebecca Thornhill is an Olivier Award-nominated actress with an illustrious musical theatre background. Her previous stage credits include lead roles in From Here To Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre), Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre/USA tour), Chicago (Adelphi Theatre), Ragtime (Piccadilly Theatre), The Witches of Eastwick (Prince of Wales Theatre/UK tour), South Pacific (UK tour), Beauty and the Beast (Dominion Theatre) and Les Misérables (Palace Theatre/Denmark).

Thornhill also appeared at the National Theatre in Singin’ in the Rain (for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award) and played Gertie in Trevor Nunn’s production of Oklahoma! opposite Hugh Jackman and Maureen Lipman.

Sebastien Torkia’s numerous theatre credits include the original West End casts of La Cage Aux Folles, Guys and Dolls, Saturday Night Fever, Martin Guerre and Grease.

His other theatre work includes Sweeney Todd (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Royal Exchange, Manchester), Ed in The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre), A Streetcar Named Desire (Bolton Octogan), Women Beware Women (National Theatre), Eddie Ryan in Funny Girl (Chichester Festival Theatre), Greg Gardner in A Chorus Line (Sheffield Crucible), Maugrim/Giant Rumblebuffin in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Steve in Singin’ in the Rain (national tour), and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella in Japan.

The cast will also include Joe Atkinson, Peter Bindloss, Oliver Bingham, Emily Bull, Matthew Caputo, Samara Casteallo, Matt Gillett, Michelle Chantelle Hopewell, Sam Lathwood, Steffan Lloyd-Evans, Charlie Martin, Anu Ogunmefun, Taylor Walker, Adam Vaughan and Dawn Williams. The children’s cast will be announced in due course.

Read more about the Matilda The Musical 2018/19 UK and Ireland Tour.