The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical has partnered with Covent Garden, the ultimate destination for a magical festive experience, to offer visitors a rare opportunity to sit in Miss Trunchbull's chair, if they dare.
Designed and built by the set and costume designer for the show, Rob Howell, the iconic headmistress’ chair is positioned on a book plinth in Central Avenue in Covent Garden until Sunday 6 January to delight shoppers and add to Covent Garden’s interactive family offering.
The 1.2m wide and 3.5m high steel chair was made by 9 people and took 200 hours to create. The installation is a short walk away from the Cambridge Theatre, home of Matilda The Musical.
Gina Beck who plays Miss Honey in the multi award-winning production of Matilda The Musical and Sara Munday who is one of the four actresses who share the title role, joined Covent Garden shoppers to switch on their world-famous Christmas lights alongside The Kingdom Choir and Paloma Faith on Tuesday 13th November.
The West End production of Matilda The Musical is booking until 24 May 2020 whilst the UK and Ireland Tour will be playing in cities across the country until 17 August 2019. For more information see www.matildathemusical.com.
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Matilda The Musical is written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, developed and directed by Matthew Warchus. The production is designed by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker and the special effects and illusions are by Paul Kieve.
Matilda The Musical has now been seen by 8 million people worldwide, having toured to over 68 cities and played more than 6000 performances in the West End, on Broadway and on tour across North America, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
Winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical is also now touring the UK and Ireland. The tour began performances in March at Leicester Curve and went on to Manchester Palace Theatre where it played until 24 November. Running until 17 August 2019, the tour previews in Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre tonight and will go on to play Theatre Royal Plymouth, the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, Edinburgh Playhouse, The Bristol Hippodrome, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton and Norwich Theatre Royal.
Inspired by the incomparable Roald Dahl’s beloved book, Matilda The Musical was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and premiered at the RSC’s Stratford-upon-Avon home in November 2010, before transferring to London’s West End in October 2011, where it opened to rave reviews. The New York production of Matilda The Musical opened in April 2013 at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre and was celebrated on 10 “Top Ten” lists for 2013, including TIME Magazine’s #1 Show of the Year.
Matilda The Musical swept the board at the 2012 Olivier Awards, with a record-breaking seven awards, and won four Tony Awards and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for the four girls sharing the title role on Broadway.
The North America production toured 52 cities. The Australian and New Zealand production won a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Musical in 2015, and played sold-out seasons in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Auckland. The show broke further records in July 2016 by winning all 13 Helpmann Awards for which it was nominated. Matilda The Musical had its first non-English language production at the LG Arts Centre in Seoul, South Korea in September 2018.
Matilda The Musical is produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company with André Ptaszynski and Denise Wood as Executive Producers. The production was developed with the support of Jeanie O’Hare and the RSC Literary Department.
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