MATILDA Concludes Australian Tour
The Royal Shakespeare Company's Australian leg of the Australasian tour of Matilda The Musical will conclude in Adelaide today after a record-breaking five-city run. The most successful musical to play in Australia in recent memory, Matilda has played to sell-out houses across the country, received extraordinary reviews and swept almost every entertainment industry awards ceremony, including the 2016 Helpmann Awards, where the show received a record thirteen awards, including Best Musical
The Australian Production commenced performances in Sydney in July 2015 and Australian audiences immediately fell in love with the show, which went on to play Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, where the tour will end for Australian audiences, having played over 750 performances.
The Most awarded musical in Australian show business history, Matilda The Musical has been the recipient of close to 100 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda continues to delight audiences in London and on tour around the USA with the Australian Production set to play a season in New Zealand from August 18th at The Civic Theatre, Auckland.
With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.
The Daily Review described the production as "nothing short of a miracle". The Australian said the show "makes you want to punch the air with delight." and Time Out Sydney pronounced the show "a freaking masterpiece".
Matilda The Musical is directed by Tony Award® winner Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage), who helms this production with a book by Tony Award®-winning playwright Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Australian Tim Minchin.
The production has sets and costumes by Tony Award® winner Rob Howell, with choreography by Tony Award® winner Peter Darling (Billy Elliot), orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Tony Award® winner Hugh Vanstone, and sound by Simon Baker.
Matilda The Musical was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and played to sold-out audiences at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon for twelve weeks from November 2010 to January 2011. It transferred to London's West End on Tuesday 25 October 2011 where it opened to rave reviews.
The New York production of Matilda The Musical opened on 11 April 2013 at Broadway's Shubert Theatre to rapturous reviews and was celebrated on 10 "Top Ten" lists for 2013, including TIME Magazine's #1 Show of the Year.
Matilda The Musical's award-wining success includes sweeping the board at the 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards in London with a record-breaking seven awards, and winning four Tony Awards® and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for each of the four girls sharing the title role on Broadway in 2013.
This production was originally developed with the support of the RSC Literary Department.
The RSC Literary Department is generously supported by THE DRUE HEINZ TRUST.
The RSC Ensemble is generously supported by THE GATSBY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION and THE KOVNER FOUNDATION.
About the RSC
The Royal Shakespeare Company creates theatre at its best, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world. We produce an inspirational artistic programme each year, setting Shakespeare in context, alongside the work of his contemporaries and today's writers.
Everyone at the RSC - from actors to armourers, musicians to technicians - plays a part in creating the world you see on stage. All our productions begin life at our Stratford workshops and theatres and we bring them to the widest possible audience through our touring, residencies, live broadcasts and online activity. So wherever you experience the RSC, you experience work made in Shakespeare's home town.
We have trained generations of the very best theatre makers and we continue to nurture the talent of the future. We encourage everyone to enjoy a lifelong relationship with Shakespeare and live theatre. We reach 530,000 children and young people annually through our education work, transforming their experiences in the classroom, in performance and online. Registered charity no. 212481 www.rsc.org.uk.
About Roald Dahl and his legacy
Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG and many more of the world's best-loved children's stories. He remains one of the World's greatest storytellers.
His first children's story, James and the Giant Peach published in 1961, was a hit and every subsequent book became a best-seller.
Today, his stories are available in 58 languages and, by a conservative estimate, he has sold more than 250 million books. Many of these stories have also been adapted for stage and screen, including the 1971 film classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Wes Anderson's acclaimed Fantastic Mr Fox, and the Royal Shakespeare Company's multi-award winning production of Matilda The Musical. The latest Roald Dahl story to hit the big screen was Steven Spielberg's #1 box office blockbuster The BFG in 20