Matilda The Musical premiered at the RSC’s The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2010, playing to sold-out audiences before transferring to London’s West End. It opened at the Cambridge Theatre in October 2011 and is currently booking until December 2016.
Matilda The Musical is written by playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by the anarchic Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin, and direction 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.
In 2011 Matilda The Musical won both The Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical at The Critics’ Circle Awards and The Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. The production has also collected the awards for Best Musical Production and Best Performance in a Musical (Bertie Carvel) at the Theatre Awards UK 2011.
In February 2012 Matilda The Musical picked up four awards at the Whatsonstage.com awards including Best New Musical, Rob Howell for Best Set Designer, Peter Darling for Best Choreographer and Tim Minchin for the London Newcomer of the Year.
The production went on to smash theatreland records when it scooped a total of seven awards at the 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards, securing its place in the Book of Guinness World Records for Most Laurence Olivier award wins. In the process Matilda The Musical stole the title from the 1980 production of Nicholas Nickleby, also a Royal Shakespeare Company production, which had held the record, with six Olivier awards, for more than 20 years.
On 1 May 2012, Matilda The Musical collected the theatre prize in the South Bank Sky Arts Show Awards.
In November 2012, the cast were invited to perform in front of Her Majesty The Queen at the 100th “Royal Variety Performance” for ITV. They performed “When I Grow Up” and “Naughty”. Later that month they appeared with members of Team GB and Paralympics GB for the Regent Street Christmas Lights ceremony.
Matilda The Musical is produced in the West End by the Royal Shakespeare Company with André Ptaszynski as Executive Producer and Denise Wood as Lead Producer. This production was developed with the support of Company Dramaturg Jeanie O’Hare and the RSC Literary Department.
In Spring 2013 Matilda The Musical opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre produced by the RSC and the Dodgers, Tony Award®-winning producers of hits like Jersey Boys.