The Royal Shakespeare Company has unveiled the child casting for the first five venues of the Matilda The Musical 2018-19 UK and Ireland tour.
The title role will be shared by Annalise Bradbury, Lara Cohen, Poppy Jones and Nicola Turner.
The West End production will continue to play at the Cambridge Theatre in London, where it is now in its seventh year and is booking until February 10, 2019.
The touring production of Matilda The Musical will open at Leicester Curve (March 5-24, 2018) and will visit Dublin Bord Gáis Energy Theatre (April 4-28); Sunderland Empire (May 8-June 2); Milton Keynes Theatre (June 5-30); Birmingham Hippodrome (July 3-September 8); Manchester Palace (September 18-November 24); and Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre (December 4- January 12, 2019). Further dates and venues are to be announced in due course.
The adult cast for the tour will see Craige Els reprise the role of Miss Trunchbull, having played her in the West End for three years between 2014 and 2017.
He will be joined by Carly Thoms as Miss Honey, and Sebastien Torkia and Rebecca Thornhill as Mr and Mrs Wormwood.
The production will be accompanied by Change My Story, a new education programme inspired by Matilda The Musical which will engage young people in towns and cities across the UK and Ireland.
With a travelling library of stories led by the musical’s librarian, Mrs Phelps, and whole school takeovers, the RSC aims to reach more than 15,000 children, in collaboration with touring theatre partners.
Picture credit: Manuel Harlan.