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Matilda extends booking period

THE ROYAL Shakespeare Company’s award-winning production of Matilda the Musical has extended its booking period at the Cambridge Theatre – until December 22, 2013.

The current cast includes Lucy-Mae Beacock, Hayley Canham, Chloe Hawthorn and Lara Wollington, who share the title role, Haley Flaherty (Miss Honey), Steve Furst (Mr Wormwood), Annette McLaughlin (Mrs Wormhood) and David Leonard (Miss Trunchbull).

Previously Posted: On July 3, 2012, David Leonard will take over the role of Miss Trunchbull in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda, A Musical, which is currently booking at the Cambridge Theatre until February 17, 2013.

Leonard most recently appeared on the West End stage playing Robert Lyon in The Pitmen Painters.

And on August 21, Annette McLaughlin (Written on the Heart, Stratford-upon-Avon and West End) will take over the role of Mrs Wormhood from its creator Josie Walker.

Previously Posted: The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda, A Musical has once again extended its run at the Cambridge Theatre, this time until February 17, 2013.

Cast changes have also been announced with Bertie Carvel playing his final performance as the hammer-throwing headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, on Sunday, July 1, 2012. However, his replacement has yet to be announced.

Also leaving the cast are Paul Kaye and Lauren Ward, who will be replaced by Hayley Flaherty and Steve Furst as Miss Honey and Mr Wormwood.

There will also be changes to the four young actors who play Matilda with Isobelle Molloy (currently playing Amanda Thripp) and Jade Marner joining current cast members Cleo Demetriou and Eleanor Worthington Cox.

Kerry Ingram, who has been with the show since its 2010 Stratford inception, and Sophia Kiely will leave the show in mid-April, while Hayley Canham joins the company in the title role from mid-August.

Josie Walker will continue in the role of Mrs Wormwood along with the rest of the adult cast which includes Marc Antolin, Verity Bentham, Peter Howe, Michael Kent, Melanie La Barrie, Matthew Malthouse, Alastair Parker, Nick Searle and Emily Shaw who also appeared in the original production in Stratford.

An adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1988 children’s novel, Matilda, A Musical is the story of a special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

Matilda’s parents think she’s a nuisance; Matilda thinks they’re only interested in watching television. And when they’re not glued to ‘the box’, her mum spends all her time practising ballroom dancing while her dad gloats about his latest dodgy business deal. Life isn’t much better at school, where the monstrous headmistress Miss Trunchbull terrifies students and teachers alike.

Then one day Matilda discovers she has a very special power and decides it’s time the grown ups were taught a lesson.

With a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Australian comedian Tim Minchin, Matilda, A Musical is directed by Matthew Warchus and designed by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, musical supervision and orchestration by Chris Nightingale and sound by Simon Baker.

As well as picking up four 2012 Awards, Matilda, A Musical has been nominated for ten Olivier Awards, including best new musical as well as best actor in a musical, for Bertie Carvel, best supporting actor in a musical category, for Paul Kaye, and a collective nod for all four young actresses who play the title role.