New cast announced for Matilda in the West End

New cast of Matilda

A new cast has been announced for Matilda, Tim Minchin’s musical adaptation of the Roald Dahl story.

Gina Beck, David Shannon, Tom Edden and Marianne Benedict will join the production at the Cambridge Theatre, assuming their roles from 12th September.

Gina Beck will play Matilda’s teacher, Miss Honey. Beck is known for plying Glinda in the West End and US touring productions of Wicked. She has also played Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, Cosette in Les Miserables, and appeared in last year’s West End production of Show Boat.

Miss Trunchbull will be played by David Shannon. Shannon is best known for playing The Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. He has also appeared as Rum Tug Tugger in Cats at the New London Theatre, and as Chris in Miss Saigon.

Tom Edden and Marianne Benedict will play Matilda’s parents Mr and Mrs Wormwood. Edden was nominated for a Tony Award following the Broadway transfer of One Man, Two Guvnors, and has also appeared in Amadeus at the National Theatre, and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Donmar Warehouse. Benedict played the Wicked Witch of the West in the West End revival of The Wizard of Oz in 2011, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown in 2014.

The adult cast will be completed by Keisha Amponsa Banson, Richard Astbury, David Birch, Maria Graciano, Karina Hind, Peter Houston, Katie Lee, Vicki Lee Taylor, Kris Manuel, Bryan Mottram, Tom Muggeridge, Emma Robotham-Hunt, Simon Shorten, Biancha Szynal, Callum Train and Robert Tregoning.

A new child cast is to be announced.

Matilda opened in London’s West End following a run in Stratford-upon-Avon at the RSC. It went on to win seven Olivier Awards (a record for a musical), including Best New Musical, and the show transferred to Broadway in 2013.  Following Matilda, Minchin went on to adapt the film Groundhog Day for the stage, which also won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

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