Music Theatre International Nabs Licensing Rights to MATILDA THE MUSICAL

By: Nov. 30, 2016
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Theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI) has secured licensing rights to the worldwide smash hit, Matilda the Musical, based on Roald Dahl's novel Matilda.

The stage musical was adapted by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. The show centers on Matilda, a precocious 5-year-old girl with the gift of telekinesis who loves reading, overcomes obstacles caused by her family and school headmistress Miss Trunchbull, and helps her teacher Miss Honey to reclaim her life.

MATILDA THE MUSICAL has received widespread critical acclaim and box-office popularity, winning seven 2012 Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, setting the record for the most Olivier awards won by a musical. In 2013 the show won five Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical, and a special Tony for the young actresses playing the title role.

"As we celebrate the centenary of Roald Dahl, I am particularly delighted to add MATILDA to our collection, alongside WILLY WONKA and JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH. MATILIDA embodies every young person's dream to affect the world around them in extraordinary ways. Tim's score and Dennis' book brilliantly bring to life Dahl's incredible characters and provide an exciting platform for performers of all ages," stated Drew Cohen, President of MTI Worldwide.

Prior to the musical, the award-winning novel was adapted as an audio reading by actress Kate Winslet, a 1996 feature film directed by Danny DeVito, and a two-part BBC Radio 4 program.

MATILDA THE MUSICAL is currently playing in London, New York, Australia and Canada. Click here for details. The show is currently touring the United States. For dates and cities click here.

For more information about MTI and licensing, call (212) 541-4684 or email

Music Theatre International (MTI) is one of the world's leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting schools as well as amateur and professional theatres from around the world the rights to perform the largest selection of great musicals from Broadway and beyond. MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these shows to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to over 70,000 theatrical organizations in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide.

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus