The UK and Ireland tour of Matilda The Musical has been extended into 2019, visiting six more cities.
The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced the show will also be accompanied by a specially devised education programme for schools, called Change My Story.
The show will tour Plymouth, Bradford, Edinburgh, Bristol, Southampton and Norwich next year – playing Theatre Royal Plymouth (15 January – 16 February 2019), the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford (19 February – 23 March 2019), Edinburgh Playhouse (2 – 27 April 2019), The Bristol Hippodrome (7 May – 8 June 2019), Mayflower Theatre, Southampton (11 June – 6 July 2019) and Norwich Theatre Royal (16 July – 17 August 2019).
Tickets for Plymouth, Bradford, Edinburgh, Bristol and Norwich will go on general sale on 23 March following a priority booking period between 19 and 22 March.
Tickets for Southampton dates will go on sale on 10 April following a priority booking period between 3 and 9 April.
The award-winning West End production continues to play at the Cambridge Theatre in the West End with booking until February 10 2019.
It is also opening tomorrow (15 March) at Leicester Curve, where it will play until 24 March.
The other 2018 tour dates are, Dublin Bord Gáis Energy Theatre (4 – 28 April 2018), Sunderland Empire (8 May – 2 June 2018), Milton Keynes Theatre (5 – 30 June 2018), Birmingham Hippodrome (3 July – 8 September 2018), Manchester Palace (18 September – 24 November 2018) and Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre (4 December – 12 January 2019).
Matilda The Musical is written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, and direction by Matthew Warchus.
Design is 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.
For the first five venues of the tour Craige Els will reprise the role of Miss Trunchbull. He will be joined by Carly Thoms as Miss Honey and Sebastien Torkia as Mr Wormwood as well as former West End cast-mate Rebecca Thornhill as Mrs Wormwood.
The title role of Matilda will be shared by Annalise Bradbury, Lara Cohen, Poppy Jones and Nicola Turner for this period. Casting for the tour’s later dates, including venues in 2019, will be announced later.
In the UK and Ireland, the production will be accompanied by Change My Story, a new RSC education programme devised in collaboration with each touring theatre partner to help build long term partnerships between school communities and theatres.
The programme includes:
– Up to 50 Matilda The Musical Champion Schools – a two year initiative with local state schools and partner theatres in the tour locations. Selected schools will work with RSC artists in residence to stage and perform a special 45 minute edit of Matilda The Musical as their school play. In the second year they will collaborate with five other local schools and lead on new creative projects.
– Professional development courses for teachers to use Matilda The Musical as a springboard for creative writing.
– Mrs Phelps’ Library Workshops for primary schools, led by RSC and local theatre artists, exploring different storytelling techniques.
Matilda The Musical is produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company with André Ptaszynski and Denise Wood as Executive Producers. The production was developed with the support of Jeanie O’Hare and the RSC Literary Department.