Tickets for the Sydney Premiere Season of the RSC's production of Roald Dahl's Matilda onsale at 9am Wednesday, 15 October
The winner of over 50 international awards, including 12 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical is the most-anticipated theatrical event of 2015 and will make its Australian Premiere at Sydney Lyric Theatre with performances from 28 July 2015.
Based on Roald Dahl's much-loved story, Matilda The Musical tells the tale of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharpmind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.
The Australian Premiere Season of Matilda The Musical was launched at an event in Sydney with the NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Andrew Stoner, representatives from The Royal Shakespeare Company and Matilda Composer and Lyricist, Tim Minchin.
Tim Minchin said, “I am incredibly excited that Matilda is opening in Sydney. Ten years ago this month, I was writing songs for the 2004 Christmas show at the Old Fitz in Woolloomooloo. The first time I straightened my hair and put on thick eye make-up was downstairs at the Seymour Centre. I even wrote songs for the musical that opened the Joan Sutherland centre in Penrith, (the opening song of which I extensively stole from when I wrote the opening number for Matilda).
Last year I fulfilled a dream of acting in a Stoppard at the Sydney Theatre Company. Long before anyone took muchnotice of my silly tunes, Sydney offered me some of the most edifying and hilarious experiences of my career. The thought that in less than a year, the Lyric's curtain will be opening on our darling Matilda feels just perfect.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Andrew Stoner said, “The NSW Government is proud to have secured the Australian Premiere Season of Matilda The Musical for Sydney, through our tourism and major eventsagency Destination NSW.There is no doubt that internationally acclaimed productions, such as Matilda, are a major draw card for visitors to our beautiful Harbour City, making them an important aspect of the Government’s goal of doubling overnight visitorexpenditure by 2020.”
Catherine Mallyon, RSC Executive Director said, "We can't wait to come to Sydney with Matilda The Musical. We are so proud of this wonderful show and are looking forward to opening it in Australia and sharing its wit and pizzazz with Sydney audiences.We're privileged to be working in Australia with fantastic producing partners, Louise Withers with Michael Coppel and Michael Watt and on behalf of us all, we are very grateful to the NSW Government for all their support.”