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The UK and Ireland Tour of Matilda The Musical extends into 2019

THE ROYAL Shakespeare Company has announced that the UK and Ireland Tour of Matilda The Musical will extend into 2019. Touring to six more cities, it will be accompanied by a specially devised education programme, Change My Story, for schools.

The new tour venues and dates for 2019 are: Theatre Royal Plymouth (January 15 to February 16), The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford (February 19 to March 23), Edinburgh Playhouse (April 2 to April 27), The Bristol Hippodrome (May 7 to June 8), Mayflower Theatre, Southampton (June 11 to July 6) and Norwich Theatre Royal (July 16 to August 17).

As previously announced, for the first five venues of the 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.

The title role of Matilda will be shared by Annalise Bradbury, Lara Cohen, Poppy Jones and Nicola Turner for this period. Casting for the tour’s later dates, including venues in 2019, will be announced in due course.

In the UK and Ireland, the production will be accompanied by Change My Story, a new RSC education programme inspired by Matilda The Musical and devised in collaboration with each touring theatre partner to help build long term partnerships between school communities and theatres.

The programme includes:

Up to 50 Matilda The Musical Champion Schools – a two year initiative with local state schools and partner theatres in the tour locations. Selected schools will work with RSC artists in residence to stage and perform a special 45 minute edit of Matilda The Musical as their school play. In the second year they will collaborate with five other local schools and lead on new creative projects.

Professional Development courses for teachers to use Matilda The Musical as a springboard for creative writing.

Mrs Phelps’ Library Workshops for primary schools, led by RSC and local theatre artists, exploring different storytelling techniques.

Further details can be found at

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

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