RSC’s Matilda tour to open in Leicester

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda The Musical will embark on an extensive UK and Ireland tour next spring.

It will open at Leicester Curve (March 5-24, 2018), followed by shows at Dublin Bord Gais Energy Theatre; Sunderland Empire; Milton Keynes Theatre; Birmingham Hippodrome; Manchester Palace; and Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre (December 4-January 12, 2019).

The West End production continues at the Cambridge Theatre, and is currently booking until December 17, 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 to whole school takeovers of Matilda, the RSC aims to reach more than 15,000 children, in collaboration with touring theatre partners.

Based on Roald Dahl’s 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 2010, before transferring to London’s West End in October 2011.

Tim Minchin, who wrote the music and lyrics, said: “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, added: “Following Matilda’s successful run on Broadway, our current tours around North America, Australia and New Zealand, and continuing into our sixth year at the Cambridge Theatre in London’s West End, it is fantastic that we can share Matilda with audiences around the UK and in Ireland.”

Matilda The Musical has been seen by more than 6.5 million people in 50 cities worldwide.

Picture credit Manuel Harlan.