Matilda the Musical to make North East debut in Sunderland

The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced that its multi award-winning production of Matilda The Musical will embark on a UK and Ireland tour in 2018-2019 with a North East debut at Sunderland Empire from Tuesday 8 May – Saturday 2 June 2018.

Tickets are on sale to theatre card members and groups on Wednesday 19 April and on general sale from Wednesday 26 April.  

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. Further details to be announced.

Ben Phillips, General Manager, Sunderland Empire said:
“We are absolutely thrilled that the Royal Shakespeare Company will be bringing their multi-award winning production Matilda the Musical to us in May 2018, for the only North East dates on their UK tour. Audiences will be left mesmerised by this deliciously exhilarating and ingenious production of Roald Dahl’s classic book during the limited 4 week engagement. Early booking is highly recommended!”

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.

Matilda The Musical has been seen by more than 6.5 million people worldwide. Having swept the board at the 2012 Olivier Awards, with a record-breaking seven awards, and winning four Tony Awards and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for the four girls sharing the title role on Broadway, Matilda The Musical has now played in 51 cities worldwide and continues to delight audiences in London, Australia and on tour around North America.

Matilda The Musical is written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by 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.

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