David Leonard Joins Cast of MATILDA from Today, July 3; Annette McLaughlin to Join Aug 21
David Leonard will take over the role of Miss Trunchbull from today, 3 July 2012 and Annette McLaughlin will join the company as Mrs Wormwood from Tuesday 21 August 2012. They will play alongside Haley Flaherty and Steve Furst who have recently joined the Company as Miss Honey and Mr Wormwood. Bertie Carvel's last performance as Miss Trunchbull took place on Sunday 1 July and Josie Walker will perform as Mrs Wormwood for the last time on Sunday 19 August.
The Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical swept the board at this year's Laurence Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking seven awards. The four young actresses who shared the title role, Cleo Demetriou, Kerry Ingram, Sophia Kiely and Eleanor Worthington Cox (who at ten years of age became the youngest ever winner of an Olivier Award) jointly collected the award for Best Actress in a Musical. Best New Musical was awarded to the production and Bertie Carvel picked up the award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Miss Trunchbull. Matthew Warchus collected the award for Best Director and the Best Theatre Choreographer was won by Peter Darling. Rob Howell received the award for Best Set Design and Best Sound Design was awarded to Simon Baker. This is a new record number of wins by a single show, beating the previous best of Nicholas Nickleby, also a Royal Shakespeare Company production, which won in six categories in 1980.
The Royal Shakespeare Company's world premiere production of Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical has captured the imagination of young and old alike and continues to play to packed houses at London's Cambridge Theatre. More tickets are now on sale for performances through until Sunday 17 February 2013.
Currently sharing the title role are Cleo Demetriou, Eleanor Worthington Cox, Isobelle Molloy and Jade Marner. Hayley Canham will also join the company in the role of Matilda full-time from mid-August.
The current adult cast 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. Further adult casting includes: Matthew Clark, Katy Monk, Rachel Moran, Leanne Pinder, Lucy Thatcher, Tim Walton and Gary Watson.