New child cast announced for Matilda the Musical

Matilda

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

Lily-Mae Evans, Kitty Peterkin and Savannah Read will join Emma Moore playing the title role from 12th September.

Gina Beck, David Shannon, Tom Edden and Marianne Benedict will also join the production at the Cambridge Theatre.

Young performers who are joining the cast to take on the roles of Bruce, Lavender, Amanda and the Crunchem Hall pupils are: Bill Bekele, Joe Butler-Smith, Omar Cain-Francis, Halle Cassell, Lucy Cheesman, Liberty Greig, Lauren Henson, Callum Hudson, Vaidile Jonikas, Mia McLoughlin, Miller Morris, Palmer Newson, Rocco Peacock, Lottie Refet, Finn Richards, Martin Soosaipillai, Will Tarpey and Alex Wenham. Jessica Chalmers, Hari Coles, Archie Durrant, Sebastian Harry, Tori Louise Ryan, Tilda Marriage Massey and Kacy O’Sullivan will be continuing in the production.

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 and Cosette in Les Miserables.

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. 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 is 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.

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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