Based on Roald Dahl's much-loved children's book , 'Matilda the Musical' burst onto the West End stage in 2011. The show picked up a record breaking 7 Laurence Olivier Awards in 2012, and the Broadway production took home 4 Tony Awards. Matilda is the tale of a small girl with a big imagination who soon learns she has very special magical powers. Whilst Matilda's parents think she's a waste of space, she survives by being 'a little bit naughty'. Life isn't much better at school, where monstrous headmistress Miss Trunchbull conducts an incessant reign of terror until one day the kids, including Matilda, choose to fight back...
4 August 2015
29 May 2016
Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm, Sunday 3pm
Evenings: Tuesdays 7pm, Wednesday to Saturday 7.30pm
2 hours 40 minutes
Matilda the musical is recommended for children of ages 6 and over. Children under the age of 6 may find some scenes a little bit scary. Please note that children under the age of 5 will not be admitted to the theatre.
The theatre was designed by Wimperis Simpson and Guthrie and built by the first manager of the theatre B.A Meyer. The auditorium featured three levels, with enough seating for over 1,200 audience members. Set in the heart of Seven Dials, the location was perfect, and the beautiful art deco building quickly became one of the city's most popular theatrical venues.
Three Sisters opens
The critically acclaimed production of Chekhov's 'Three Sisters' becomes the most commercially successful Chekhov production in West End history. Jonathan Miller directed Janet Suzman in the iconic production, which went on to win the Society of West End Theatre Awards for Best Production and Best Actress.
Peter Pan opens
The first Christmas show at the Cambridge Theatre is Peter Pan starring Glynis Johns
Billy Liar opens
Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall's impressive play adaptation of 'Billy Liar' opens at the theatre and runs for two years. The play starred Albert Finney, who critics and audiences were at the time hailing as the next Olivier.
Half a Sixpence the Musical opens
The musical comedy 'Half a Sixpence' opens at the Cambridge Theatre primarily as a star vehicle for British singer and personality Tommy Steele. Steele played Arthur Kipps, a young man who falls into good fortune and climbs the social ladder before falling right back down it. David Heneker's score was perfect for the stage, featuring numbers such as 'It the Rain's Got to Fall' and 'Flash Bang Wallop What a Picture'.
Little Me the Musical opens
Bruce Forsythe stars in the London premiere of Neil Simon's 'Little Me' alongside Avril Angers. The production ran for 334 performances, and was highly praised for its catchy score and its focus on the central performers. CY Coleman provided the music and lyrics, with Simon writing a witty and hilarious book.
Hedda Gabler and Cyrano de Bergerac presented by the National Theatre Company opens
The newly formed National Theatre Company, led by Laurence Olivier brings an exciting season to the Cambridge Theatre including two popular plays.
Chicago the Musical - Original London Production opens
The original London production of Chicago the Musical opened at the Cambridge Theatre, following a run on Broadway which was directed by Bob Fosse. The show ran for over 600 performances and was nominated for 'Musical of the Year'. The show starred Jenny Logan as Roxie Hart, Antonia Ellis as Velma Kelly, Don Fellows as Amos Hart and Ben Cross as Billy Flynn. Although the show was never as successful as the revival, the original involved more elaborate staging.
Return to the Forbidden Planet opens
The hit rock and roll musical delights audiences at the Cambridge Theatre, where it went on to win the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. The show ran for over 1500 performances, and even made a welcome return to the venue in December 1992. Based on Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' the production was directed by Bob Carlton, with choreography by Carole Todd. The cast included John Ashby, Christian Roberts and Alison Harding.
Fame - The Musical receives its stage premiere
The first stage production of 'Fame - the Musical' opens at the venue, where it continued to return to the West End throughout the next six years. Largely based on the successful Alan Parker film, the musical was a hit with audiences, but critics weren't so sold. The production at the Cambridge Theatre ran for over a year, and starred talent such as Sonia Swaby as Mabel, Scott Sherrin as Tyrone, Richard Dempsey as Nick and Josefina Gabrielle as Iris. The musical featured direction by Runar Borge and choreography by Lars Berthke.
The Beautiful Game opens
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton's musical about the troubles in Northern Ireland opened and ran for just under a year. The show borrowed themes from 'Romeo and Juliet', using football as a backdrop to play out a dramatic story about the tensions between Protestants and Catholics. Lloyd Webber's score was universally praised, but Elton's lyrics and book were not celebrated. Songs and themes from the show found their way into later workds such as 'Love Never Dies', and the whole musical has been re-written as 'The Boys in the Photograph' which premiered in Canada in 2009. The original cast included Hannah Waddingham, Diane Pilkington, Ben Goddard and David Shannon.
Our House the Musical opens
The Madness musical 'Our House' opens at the Cambridge Theatre, where it went on to win the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical. The production was directed by Mathew Warchus and featured choreography by Peter Darling. The show was a jukebox musical set to the songs of Madness, and incorporated a story about teenagers living in London. The show struggled to find an audience despite mixed-to-positive reviews. The original cast starred Michael Jibson, Julia Gay, Lesley Nicol and Ian Reddington.
Jerry Springer - The Opera opens
The controversial opera based on the hit US TV show transfered from the National Theatre, sparking much debate due to its profane language and adult themes. Written and directed by comedian Stewart Lee, the show was a bold choice for the National, under new Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner. Having been developed from various Edinburgh Fringe performances, the West End production won four Olivier Awards including Best Musical, and was filmed for BBC television, causing yet more controversy. The original cast together won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance. David Soul starred as Jerry Springer, alongside David Bedella, Benjamin Lake, Carrie Ellis, Leon Craig and Guy Porritt.
Chicago the Musical revival transfers to the Cambridge
After playing at the Adelphi Theatre for over 9 years, the now hit musical returned to its original London home at the Cambridge theatre, where it would stay for 5 years. The production was based on the Broadway revival, which featured choreography by Anna Reinking and direction by Walter Bobbie. The show was a hit with tourists, and was kept fresh by a number of celebrity replacements in the cast, including Claire Sweeney, Bonnie Langford, Jerry Springer and Marti Pellow. The show later transferred to the Garrick Theatre.
Matilda the Musical opens
The RSC's production of 'Matilda the Musical' opens at the Cambridge Theatre after a sell out run in Stratford Upon Avon. It wins the Olivier Award for Best New Musical amongst many others. Based on the Roald Dahl book of the same name, the show featured a modern score by Tim Minchin, and reunited director Matthew Warchus with choreographer Peter Darling. Bertie Carvel won much critical acclaim in the lead role of Miss Trunchbull, and transferred to Broadway where the show opened in 2013 at the Schubert Theatre.
Grease the Musical Opens
The revival production of Grease the Musical transfers from the Dominion Theatre, playing for over 2 years. The production was directed by David Gillimore with choreogrpahy by Arlene Phillips. This revival incorporated songs from the movie version, as well as the original stage version to create a brand new book. The show went on to enjoy numerous UK tours.
Kong - A Musical Play opens
The theatre stages its first musical, starring Oscar Asche and Ursula Jeans.
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