The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of a musical version of Roald Dahl's Matilda, written by Dennis Kelly with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, opens at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK, to great critical acclaim.
The original Stratford cast included Bertie Carvel as Miss Trunchbull, Lauren Ward as Miss Honey and Paul Kaye and Josie Walker as Matilda's parents Mr and Mrs Wormwood. Adrianna Bertola, Josie Griffiths and Kerry Ingram, alternated as Matilda.
Just under a year after opening inStratford-upon-Avon - and after a sell-out run - The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical, based on Roald Dahl's Matilda, transfers to London’s West End, opens at The Cambridge Theatre in October 2011.
As in Stratford, the West End production of the show wins rave reviews and goes on to enjoy phenomenal success.
The contents of Roald Dahl’s famous Writing Hut, the place where he wrote many of his famous children's stories including The Witches, Matilda and James and the Giant Peach, is relocated from the gardens of Gipsy House to the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.
The structure of the Hut remains in its original location, but the building's entire interior is moved to the Museum, allowing visitors to get a glimpse inside for the very first time. The exhibition includes Roald's original chair - with part of the back removed to accommodate an injury he sustained after his plane crashed in Libya during the Second World War - and the piece of board covered in green felt that he wrote his stories on.
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical wins a record-breaking seven Oliver Awards.
The show's four Matildas - Eleanor Worthington-Cox, Cleo Demetriou, Kerry Ingram and Sophia Kiely - jointly scooped the Best Actress in a Musical Award, with Eleanor becoming the youngest person ever to win an Olivier Award.
The show also won the coveted Best New Musical Award, which was picked up by co-writers Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly, while director Matthew Warchus took the Best Director prize.
The other awards were:
After the incredible success of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Olivier-Award winning musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda in London the show opens on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre with original Stratford-upon-Avon and London cast members Bertie Carvel (Miss Trunchbull) and Lauren Ward (Miss Honey) reprising their roles.
The New York production sees four young actresses alternate in the role of Matilda Wormwood: Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro.
A new musical production of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka, opens in London's West End at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
Adapted by David Grieg, the show features an entirely new score written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman - although the song 'Pure Imagination,' taken from the 1971 film adaptation is retained.
1st February 2014 - the day on which Willy Wonka opened his famous Factory Gates in the original story - saw the kick-off of global celebrations in the 50th anniversary year of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
A range of events and new publishing is planned to celebrate this special occasion - from author Lucy Mangan's turn Inside the Chocolate Factory (released in September) to special events at Kew Gardens and Camp Bestival in the UK to incredible Golden Ticket sweepstakes prizes for US visitors to this website, 2014 is sure to have one or more scrumdiddlyumptious treats to tempt you.
Here's Roald Dahl's grandson Luke Kelly to explain more about the story's enduring appeal - watch the video and hear Grandpa Joe (Nigel Planer from the West End musical production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) read from this much-loved story.