The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has announced that Matilda The Musical will come to Brisbane in November.
The production has won over 50 major international awards, including 13 gongs for Best Musical, and continues to play to audiences in London, on Broadway, and on tour around the USA. The show will kick off a season at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne tomorrow.
“We have been bowled over by the fantastic response of Australian audiences so far, and we are thrilled to announce today that Matilda The Musical will also play in Brisbane and Tim Minchin’s hometown of Perth,” said the RSC’s executive director, Catherine Mallyon.
“Matilda has travelled many miles since the show’s beginnings in Stratford-upon-Avon and it is great we can bring it to Queensland and Western Australia.”
Matilda will play the Lyric Theatre at QPAC from November this year.
The show is based on the novel by legendary author Roald Dahl (of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fame, as well as a hundred other things you’d remember from your childhood), and tells the story of a girl, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, who dares to take a stand and change her destiny.
Aussie superstar Tim Minchin wrote the music and lyrics for the show, which is directed by Tony Award winner Matthew Warchus, with a book by Tony Award winning playwright Dennis Kelly.
There’s plenty of Tony Awards to go around here, in fact — the production has sets and costumes by Tony Award winner Rob Howell, choreography by Tony Award winner Peter Darling, and lighting by Tony Award winner Hugh Vanstone. You get the idea.
Matilda made its Australian debut in Sydney last year, where it was hailed by The Daily Review as “nothing short of a miracle” and Time Out Sydney as “a freaking masterpiece”.
It was originally commissioned by the RSC and played to sold-out audiences at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon for twelve weeks, from November 2010 to January 2011. It opened in West End shortly after that, and then on Broadway, where it was named TIME Magazine’s show of the year.
The show has won a record-breaking seven Laurence Olivier Awards, four Tony Awards, and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre for each of the four girls who shared the title role on Broadway in 2013.
It’s unusual for a show of this calibre to come to Brisbane this early in its theatrical life — Brisbane audiences had to wait more than a decade to see shows like The Lion King and Wicked, while Once the Musical, The Book of Mormon, and Disney productions like The Little Mermaid still haven’t found their way here.
Tickets for the Brisbane shows haven’t gone on sale yet, but you can join the waiting list now at matildathemusical.com.au.
Matilda & Me, a documentary film about Tim Minchin’s role in the production, will air on ABC TV on April 3.
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