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

Casting news

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

The title role will be shared by Annalise Bradbury, Lara Cohen, Poppy Jones and Nicola Turner.

Winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical will open at Leicester Curve (March 5 – 24) before continuing to Dublin Bord Gáis Energy Theatre (April 4 – 28), Sunderland Empire (May 8 – June 2), Milton Keynes Theatre (June 5 – 30), Birmingham Hippodrome (July 3 – September 8), Manchester Palace (September 18 – November 24) and Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre (December 4 – January 12, 2019).

Further dates and venues are to be announced in due course.

The other young performers announced today join the UK and Ireland Tour in the three teams who play the roles of Bruce, Lavender, Amanda and the rest of the pupils at Crunchem Hall.

And they are: Louella Asante-Owusu, Isobelle Chalmers, Shaquahn Crowe, Kiana Dumbuya, Madeline Gilby, Sheldon Golding, Jobe Hart, Raphael Higgins-Humes, Dylan Hughes, Sam Lovelock, Tayah Marshall Brewster, Jaden Meek, Alfie Murray, Nicholas Seal, Daisy Sequerra, Elliot Stiff, Lyla Toplass, George Varley, Scarlett Weegram, Maisy-May Woods-Smeeth, Harrison Wilding, and Sophie Young.

The previously announced adult cast for the UK and Ireland Tour will see Craige Els 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 and Rebecca Thornhill as Mr and Mrs Wormwood. Read more about the adult cast.

The production will be accompanied by Change My Story, a new education programme inspired by Matilda The Musical which will engage young people in towns and cities across the UK and Ireland. With a travelling library of stories led by the musical’s librarian Mrs Phelps and whole school takeovers, the RSC aims to reach over 15,000 children, in collaboration with touring theatre partners. Further details can be found at

The West End production will continue to play at the Cambridge Theatre, where it is now in its seventh year and is booking until February 10, 2019.