Matilda the Musical on The One Show


Matilda The Musical 2016: A Year in Review

06 Jan 2017

As we head into 2017, we’re taking a look back at some of our highlights of 2016 including lots of celebrations and fun!

1. Matilda the Musical celebrated its fifth birthday in the West End with a special celebratory performance in November. Read more about the birthday celebrations.
Matilda the Musical 5th birthday2. In October, we won the theatre award for ‘Best Family Entertainment’! This brings our total up to a massive 72 international awards, including 15 for Best Musical.
Matilda the Musical last minute award3. In the spirit of Matilda herself, we reached out to young people from all over the UK to celebrate their remarkable achievements with our Changed My Story initiative. Thank you to everyone who nominated: read all the nominees stories here:
Matilda the Musical Changed My Story
4. In July, two of our Matildas – Emily-May Stephenson and Zaris-Angel Hator performed at West End Live in Trafalgar Square.

5. Sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty, so we sent our Matildas along to learn some magic tricks of their own with Matilda The Musical’s illusionist, Paul Kieve.

6. As part of the celebrations for Roald Dahl 100, our cast performed a medley of songs from the show on BBC1’s The One Show.

Matilda the Musical on The One Show

7. Our Matildas performed at many events throughout the year including Evie Hone on Tonight at the Palladium, Lizzie Wells performed at the Dahl in a Day event and Lara McDonnell at the Olivier Awards concert in Covent Garden.

Matilda the Musical-Evie, Lizzie and Lara


8. Hundreds of fans submitted their lip sync videos used to create this ultimate ‘revolting children’ mash up.

9. Tim Minchin performed ’When I Grow Up’ at BBC’s Proms in the Park in Hyde Park in front of 40,000 people. He was then joined by two of our Matildas, Zaris-Angel Hator and Clara Read, for two further numbers.

Matilda the Musical- Tim Minchin at proms in the park


10. We proudly supported Sadiq Khan’s #LondonIsOpen campaign.

Matilda the Musical-London is Open


11. In March, to celebrate the show running across 51 cities in 3 continents we created an exclusive video featuring all the Matildas past and present.

12. In August, we went live on Facebook with a Q&A with Michael Begley and Rebecca Thornhill who play The Wormwoods. Watch it again here.

Matilda the Musical-Wormwoods Facebook live

13. To end the year, we got into the festive mood by challenging our Matildas and other cast members to a game of charades.