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Miss Trunchbull’s famous chair to be installed in Bristol as The Royal Shakespeare company's Matilda the Musical announces extra matinee date at The Bristol Hippodrome

11th April 2019

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The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical has partnered with Cabot Circus to offer visitors a rare opportunity to sit in Miss Trunchbull's chair, if they dare.

Miss Trunchbull’s famous chair to be installed in Bristol as The Royal Shakespeare company's Matilda the Musical announces extra matinee date at The Bristol Hippodrome

Designed and built by the set and costume designer for the show, Rob Howell, the iconic headmistress’ chair is positioned on Brigstowe Street in Cabot Circus from Tuesday April 16-Tuesday April 30 to delight shoppers and add to Cabot Circus’ interactive family offering.

The 1.2m wide and 3.5m high steel chair was made by 9 people and took 200 hours to create. The installation is a short walk away from The Bristol Hippodrome, which is home to Matilda The Musical from May 7-June 8 2019.

Matilda The Musical has also confirmed today that due to popular demand, an extra matinee show will also take place at The Bristol Hippodrome on Friday May 31st. Tickets to this performance go on sale via the usual channels at 10am on Friday April 12th.

The role of Matilda is shared by Scarlett Cecil, Olivia Juno Cleverley, Freya Scott and Sophie Woolhouse. Miss Trunchbull is played by Elliot Harper opposite Carly Thoms as Miss Honey and Sebastien Torkia and Rebecca Thornhill as Mr and Mrs Wormwood.

Elliot Harper’s West End theatre credits include Father Joe in The Exorcist at the Phoenix Theatre, Matilda The Musical (Cambridge Theatre), One Man Two Guvnors (National Theatre), Les Misérables (Queens Theatre) and The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre). Other theatre credits include Sweet Charity (Watermill), A Study In Scarlet (Southwark Playhouse), The Silver Tassie (Druid/Lincoln Center NY), Rope, Arsenic and Old Lace (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), The Big Sleep (The Mill At Sonning), As You Like It, Deathtrap, The Taming of the Shrew, The Talented Mr Ripley and Travels with my Aunt (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch), and the UK touring productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and The Buddy Holly Story. Harper’s film and television credits include Howard Goodall’s 20th Century Greats (Tiger Aspect), Showroom, which was a winning film at SXSW Film Festival, and The Egg, Masters of the Universe (Asalva Productions).

The full adult cast includes Richard Astbury, Joe Atkinson, Nina Bell, Peter Bindloss, Oliver Bingham, Emily Bull, Samara Casteallo, Matthew Caputo, Matt Gillett, Michelle Chantelle Hopewell, Sam Lathwood, Steffan Lloyd-Evans, Charlie Martin, Anu Ogunmefun, Carly Thoms, Rebecca Thornhill, Sebastien Torkia, Adam Vaughan and Dawn Williams.

The other young performers in the UK and Ireland Tour who play the roles of Bruce, Lavender, Amanda and the rest of the pupils at Crunchem Hall are as follows: Aiya Agustin, Evie Allen, Joseph Black, Elliot Boothroyd, Brooke Burke, Georgia Mae Brown, Presley Charman, Oliver Dalby, Lillie May Downton, Charlie Garton, Toby Hales, Theo Hanness, Porsha Hoyland-Lau, Darcy Kelly, Noah Leggott, Adam Lord, Felicity Mitson, Toby Mocrei, Ben Pike, Joely Robertson, Erin Rushidi, Alfie Sanderson, Ryan Tayler-Young, Chantelle Tonolete and Lily Van Veen.

Matilda The Musical is written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, and developed and directed by Matthew Warchus. The production is designed 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.

Winner of 95 international awards, including 23 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical has now been seen by over 9 million people worldwide, having toured to 75 cities and played more than 6800 performances in the West End, on Broadway and on tour across North America, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Matilda The Musical had its first non-English language production at the LG Arts Centre in Seoul, South Korea in September 2018.

Inspired by the incomparable Roald Dahl’s beloved book, Matilda The Musical was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and premiered at the RSC’s Stratford-upon-Avon home in November 2010, before transferring to London’s West End in October 2011, where it opened to rave reviews. The New York production of Matilda The Musical opened in April 2013 at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre and was celebrated on 10 “Top Ten” lists for 2013, including TIME Magazine’s #1 Show of the Year.

Matilda The Musical swept the board at the 2012 Olivier Awards, with a record-breaking seven awards, and won four Tony Awards and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for the four girls sharing the title role on Broadway.

The North America production toured 52 cities. The Australian and New Zealand production won a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Musical in 2015, and played sold-out seasons in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Auckland. The show broke further records in July 2016 by winning all 13 Helpmann Awards for which it was nominated.

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.

The production is designed 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.

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