Press: Matilda The Musical to dazzle SA audience

April 24, 2018

Pieter Toerien and GWB Entertainment present the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Roald Dahl’s MATILDA – THE MUSICAL. It has been hailed as ‘EASILY THE STANDOUT MUSICAL OF THE DECADE’ (Sunday Times) and will begin its South African run on 17 October 2018 at the TEATRO at Montecasino before moving to Cape Town.

 

Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl. With book by Tony Award®-winning playwright Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

 

Winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical is now in its seventh year in London where it continues to delight audiences of all ages. It was commissioned by the RSC and played to sold-out audiences at the RSC’s 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, sweeping the board at the 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking seven awards. Matilda The Musical went on to take Broadway by storm. The New York production of Matilda The Musical opened on 11 April 2013 at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre to rapturous reviews and has been celebrated on 10 “Top Ten” lists for 2013, including TIMEMagazine’s #1 Show of the Year. It also won four Tony Awards® and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for each of the four girls sharing the title role.

 

Matilda The Musical is directed by Tony Award® winner Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage). The production has sets and costumes by Tony Award® winner Rob Howell, with choreography by Tony Award® winner Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Tony Award® winner Hugh Vanstone, and sound by Simon Baker.

 

“We remember standing outside the Cambridge Theatre in London nearly 7 years ago having seen Matilda The Musical for the first time and plotting as to how we might get this rather brilliant creation to South Africa. We are absolutely thrilled to announce that day has finally arrived! We arepositive that South African audiences will fall in love with the heroic tale of Matilda in this anarchically joyous and ingenious musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story. ”

- Pieter Toerien & Paul Warwick Griffin (GWB), Producers

 

Matilda The Musical has thrilled audiences across the world, with more than 8m tickets sold since the production began life at the RSC’s Stratford-upon-Avon home. It has toured across North America, Australia and New Zealand, and a Korean production opens in Seoul this autumn. We aredelighted that this production is opening in South Africa and wish the show every success.“

- Catherine Mallyon, Executive Director, RSC

 

“Once in a blue moon, a show comes out blazing and restores your faith in Broadway. Matilda The Musical is that show.”

– New York Post

 

Casting is expected to to be announced at a later date.

 

JOHANNESBURG – The TEATRO at Montecasino

17 October – 2 December

Performances: Tue – Fri @ 8pm, Sat @ 3pm & 8pm, Sun @ 1:30pm & 6pm

 

CAPE TOWN – ARTSCAPE

9 December – 13 January

 

Bookings now open at Computicket.

 

For detailed background information on the show and the characters please visit: 

www.matildathemusical.com

 

 

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