The Royal Shakespeare Company is taking its multi award-winning production of Matilda The Musical on a UK and Ireland tour in 2018-2019.
Winner of 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, the RSC’s touring production of Matilda The Musical will open at Leicester Curve next March.
Tickets for the early part of the tour go on sale later this month. Further dates and venues will be added at a later date.
The West End production continues at the Cambridge Theatre, currently booking until 17 December 2017.
The production will be accompanied in each location by a new education programme to engage young people, inspired by Matilda The Musical.
From a travelling library of stories led by Mrs Phelps, to whole school takeovers of Matilda, the RSC aims to reach over 15,000 children, in collaboration with touring theatre partners.
Dennis Kelly, who adapted the book for the stafe, said: “It’s been a long time coming but I’m delighted that we get to take Matilda around the UK and to Ireland.
“We have some fantastic theatres in this country and in Ireland, supported by smart, engaged audiences and we can’t wait to bring this crazy, messy, anarchic explosion of a show to them.”
Tim Minchin, who wrote the show’s music and lyrics, said: “I – like millions of others – feel like Dahl is in my blood, because I grew up with his books.
“So to have contributed to a piece of work that brings one of his most famous stories to life is one of my life’s great joys.
“I’m utterly thrilled that audiences in cities all across the UK and Ireland will now share and be part of Matilda’s story.”
Catherine Mallyon, RSC Executive Director, said: “We are thrilled our home-grown miracle, which started life after a seven year gestation in Stratford-upon-Avon, has grown into a bit of a global phenomenon.
“In collaboration with our touring partners we will also deliver a programme of ground-breaking interactive education projects to enable young people to emulate Matilda, sharing the extraordinary power of story-telling and the boundless creativity of their imaginations.”
Now in its sixth year in London’s West End, Matilda The Musical is the longest running production at the Cambridge Theatre where it continues to play to packed houses.
With book by Dennis Kelly, original songs by Tim Minchin and direction by Matthew Warchus, 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.
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 The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon 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 has been seen by more than 6.5 million people worldwide.
Leicester Curve, March 5 – 24, 2018 Dublin Bord Gais Energy Theatre, April 4 – 28, 2018 Sunderland Empire Theatre, May 8 – June 2, 2018 Milton Keynes Theatre, June 5 – 30, 2018 Birmingham Hippodrome, July 3 – September 8, 2018 Manchester Palace Theatre, September 18 – November 24, 2018 Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff / Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru, December 4, 2018 – January 12, 2019