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New adult cast announced for Matilda The Musical

David Shannon, Gina-Beck, Tom Edden and Marianne Benedict. Photo credit: Craig Sugden.

Casting news

A NEW adult cast has been announced for the RSC’s production of Matilda The Musical, which is currently booking at the Cambridge Theatre until May 28, 2018.

On September 12, 2017, David Shannon will take on the role of Miss Trunchbull alongside Gina Beck as Miss Honey and Tom Edden and Marianne Benedict as Mr and Mrs Wormwood.

The full adult cast also includes Keisha Amponsa Banson, Richard Astbury, David Birch, Maria Graciano, Karina Hind, Peter Houston, Katie Lee, Vicki Lee Taylor, Kris Manuel, Bryan Mottram, Tom Muggeridge, Emma Robotham-Hunt, Simon Shorten, Biancha Szynal, Callum Train and Robert Tregoning.

The new children’s cast will be announced in due course.

David Shannon’s extensive stage credits include The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre), Chris in Miss Saigon (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane/UK Tour) and Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre). His other credits include The Beautiful Game (Cambridge Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, Threepenny Opera and Sweeney Todd (Gate Theatre, Dublin), Martin Guerre (Prince Edward Theatre), Cats (New London Theatre), Whistle Down the Wind (Aldwych Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (N.C.H Dublin) and Notre Dame de Paris (Dominion Theatre).

Shannon’s film credits include Noah, 5 to 7, Framed and La Visa Loca. He is also one half of Irish singing duo ‘Fir’, alongside Simon Morgan. He has also made regular appearances on the past three seasons of the History Channel’s Vikings.

Gina Beck’s previous roles have included Glinda in Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre/US Tour), Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre), Magnolia Hawks in Daniel Evan’s production of Show Boat (New London Theatre) and Cosette in Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre). Her other theatre credits include Far From the Madding Crowd (The Watermill Theatre) and The Belle’s Stratagem (Southwark Playhouse) both directed by Jessica Swale, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change (Arts Theatre), Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Charing Cross Theatre) and The Kissing Dance (Jermyn Street Theatre).

Her television credits include the BBC’s Doctors and Sherlock Holmes and The Case of the Silk Stocking. Opera credits include Madame Butterfly and L’elisir d’amore (Opera Holland Park). She was a soloist in the 21st and 25th anniversary celebrations of Les Misérables as well as in the recent film version. Beck made her BBC Proms debut in 2016 as a soloist in the BBC’s Bernstein prom.

Tom Edden’s theatre work includes Amadeus (National Theatre), One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre/Adelphi Theatre/UK Tour/Music Box Theatre, Broadway) for which he received Tony and Critics’ Circle nominations and won The Drama Desk Award for his role as Alfie, and Oliver! (Sheffield Crucible) for which he was nominated for a UK Theatre Award for his role as Fagin. Other notable credits include The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Donmar Warehouse), Doctor Faustus (Duke of York’s Theatre), Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Apollo Theatre), Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre) and Measure for Measure (Young Vic).

His screen credits include Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Mr Turner and Cinderella (film); Upstart Crow, The Scandalous Lady W and Doctor Who (TV).

Marianne Benedict most recently appeared as Grizabella in the UK tour of Cats. Her other credits include Women On A Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown (Playhouse Theatre), The Wizard of Oz (London Palladium), Dirty Dancing (Aldwych Theatre), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Chicago (Oldham Coliseum), The Girl Dusty (Duchess Theatre), Crazy for You (Lincoln Theatre Royal/UK Tour) and The Country Wife (Watford Palace Theatre). She has also appeared on television in EastEnders.

Seen by over seven million people across 60 cities and playing more than 5300 performances worldwide, Matilda The Musical is now preparing for its New Zealand premiere at The Civic in Auckland in August 2017 as well as the first UK and Ireland tour which will begin in March 2018, running alongside the continuing West End production. Winner of 86 major international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, the hit show is now the longest running production to play at the Cambridge Theatre.

Image: David Shannon, Gina-Beck, Tom Edden and Marianne Benedict. Photo credit: Craig Sugden.