Matilda The Musical Confirmed for Highly Anticipated Auckland Season

2 Mar 2017

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The Royal Shakespeare Company, Louise Withers, Michael Coppel and Michael Watt today announced that the critically-acclaimed Australian production of Matilda The Musical will premiere at The Civic in Auckland this August for a strictly limited season. Dates and ticketing details will be announced soon.

The winner of over 70 international awards, including 15 for Best Musical, this RSC production of Matilda The Musical Is currently playing to sell-out houses across Australia with standing ovations at every performance.

RSC executive director, Catherine Mallyon, says, “We are thrilled to bring our production of Matilda The Musical to New Zealand and we hope audiences here will take Matilda to their hearts, as they have done in Stratford-upon-Avon, London, the United States of America, Canada and Australia. We loved being here in 2007 with Trevor Nunn’s productions of King Lear and The Seagull, with Ian McKellen, and a return visit is long overdue.”

The Australian production of Matilda The Musical is the most awarded musical in Australian theatrical history having scooped a record-breaking 13 Helpmann Awards – winning every possible musical category - and has just been nominated in all possible categories of Melbourne’s “peer recognized” 2017 Green Room Awards.

The Daily Review described the production as nothing short of a miracle”. The Australian said the show “makes you want to punch the air with delight”, and Time Out Sydney pronounced the show “a freaking masterpiece”.

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) head of major events, Charmaine Ngarimu, says “World-class musicals like Matilda have the ability to delight and entertain not only Aucklanders, but also the thousands of visitors from around New Zealand which they attract. We are proud to have this modern musical exclusively here in Auckland after its sell-out Australian tour, adding to the stellar line-up of events taking place in Auckland this year, including Adele in concert, the World Masters Games 2017 and DHL Lions Series 2017.”

Director of Auckland Live, Robbie Macrae, says We are excited to welcome Matilda The Musical, featuring one of the world’s best-loved little geniuses to The Civic for its exclusive New Zealand season. This multi-award winning international musical, which has already toured three continents, will be an extraordinary experience made even more special by being performed at The Civic - Auckland’s much-loved landmark and New Zealand’s home of international musicals.”

Matilda The Musical is based on the beloved novel by best-selling author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox). It is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

Matilda The Musical is directed by Tony Award® winner Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage), who helms this production with a book by Tony Award®-winning playwright Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Australian Tim Minchin.

The production has sets and costumes by Tony Award® winner Rob Howell, with choreography by Tony Award® winner Peter Darling (Billy Elliot), orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Tony Award® winner Hugh Vanstone, and sound by Simon Baker.

Matilda The Musical was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and played to sold-out audiences at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon for twelve weeks from November 2010 to January 2011. It transferred to London’s West End in October 2011 where it opened to rave reviews.

The New York production of Matilda The Musical opened in April 2013 at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre to rapturous reviews and was celebrated on 10 “Top Ten” lists for 2013, including TIME Magazine’s Number One Show of the Year.

Matilda The Musical’s award-wining success include sweeping the board at the 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards in London with a record-breaking seven awards, and winning four Tony Awards® and a Tony Honour for Excellence in the Theater for each of the four girls sharing the title role on Broadway in 2013.

Matilda The Musical is produced in Australia by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Louise Withers, Michael Coppel & Michael Watt with André Ptaszynski and Denise Wood as executive producers.

This production was originally developed with the support of the RSC Literary Department.

The RSC Literary Department is generously supported by The Drue Heinz Trust.

The RSC Ensemble is generously supported by The Gatsby Charitable Foundation and The Kovner Foundation.

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About the RSC

The Royal Shakespeare Company creates theatre at its best, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world. We produce an inspirational artistic programme each year, setting Shakespeare in context, alongside the work of his contemporaries and today’s writers.

Everyone at the RSC - from actors to armourers, musicians to technicians - plays a part in creating the world you see on stage. All our productions begin life at our Stratford workshops and theatres and we bring them to the widest possible audience through our touring, residencies, live broadcasts and online activity. So wherever you experience the RSC, you experience work made in Shakespeare’s home town.

We have trained generations of the very best theatre makers and we continue to nurture the talent of the future. We encourage everyone to enjoy a lifelong relationship with Shakespeare and live theatre. We reach 530,000 children and young people annually through our education work, transforming their experiences in the classroom, in performance and online.


About Roald Dahl and his legacy

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was the author of Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryMatildaThe BFG and many more of the world’s best-loved children’s stories. He remains one of the world’s greatest storytellers.

His first children’s story, James and the Giant Peach, published in 1961, was a hit, and every subsequent book became a best-seller.

Today, his stories are available in 58 languages and, by a conservative estimate, he has sold more than 250 million books. Many of these stories have also been adapted for stage and screen, including the 1971 film classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Wes Anderson’s acclaimed Fantastic Mr Fox, and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s multi-award winning production of Matilda The Musical. The latest Roald Dahl story to hit the big screen was Steven Spielberg’s box office blockbuster The BFG, in 2016.