Matilda History


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 2022.

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.

Matilda The Musical is produced in the West End by the Royal Shakespeare Company with Executive Producers Denise Wood and André Ptaszynski until his death in 2020. In 2021 Griselda Yorke joined Denise Wood as Executive Producer for the production. This production was developed with the support of Company Dramaturg Jeanie O’Hare and the RSC Literary Department.

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.

At the awards in February 2012 Matilda The Musical picked up four 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.

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.

In November 2014 Matilda The Musical held a special Gala performance in aid of BBC Children in Need. The evening was hosted by BBC Radio 2′s Sir Terry Wogan, with at least 50% of the proceeds of the performance benefiting the BBC Children in Need Appeal.

In October 2015 Matilda The Musical performed a version of Quiet at a showcase hosted at Lancaster House, as part of a state visit by Xi Jinping, The President of the People’s Republic of China. Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were also present for the celebrations.

Also in 2015, the London and Broadway productions were joined by the North American and Australian tours. After opening to rave reviews and winning a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Musical, the Australian production played a sold-out season at  Melbourne’s Princess Theatre. In July 2016, the production won all 13 Helpmann Awards for which it was nominated – a new record. Having concluded its Australian and New Zealand Tour in 2017, Matilda began its first UK & Ireland Tour in March 2018.

Matilda had its first non-English language production at the LG Arts Centre in Seoul, South Korea in September 2018.