An Arts Club production. Tickets start at $39 for VocalEye users, while they last. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Please call the Box Office to purchase at 604-687-1644.
Running time is 2 hours 35 minutes including intermission.
VocalEye’s Ticket Access Program provides rebates for those in financial need. Theatre Buddies are also available to guide members to and from the theatre from the meet-up location. Please contact Donna for details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Described by Eileen Barrett
Sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty to find your happy ending! Armed with an outsize wit and a vivid imagination, precocious Matilda takes a stand to change her destiny. Even cruel parents and a hardened headmistress can’t get in her way. From the wonderfully subversive imagination of Roald Dahl, this fun family musical will bring out the child in everyone.
Co-produced with The Citadel Theatre and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.
Matilda Wormwood is the title character; a five-year-old intelligent, brave, and powerful young girl.
Mr. Wormwood is Matilda’s neglectful father; he is a bully to Matilda and a con-man car salesman who scams his customers.
Mrs. Wormwood is Matilda’s gold-digging mother; she is an inattentive parent who is more concerned with her appearance than her children.
Michael Wormwood is Matilda’s older brother; he is the favoured child and Mr. Wormwood is grooming him to follow in his footsteps.
Miss Trunchbull is the tyrannical headmistress of Matilda’s school; once a famous athlete, the terrifying Miss Trunchbull despises children and bullies both teachers and pupils.
Miss Honey is Matilda’s teacher; she is a quiet but warm person who is loved by every child she meets. She supports Matilda in her learning and believes in her exceptional abilities.
Mrs. Phelps is the local librarian; she is welcoming and encourages Matilda’s advanced reading and storytelling.
Bruce Bogtrotter is one of Matilda’s classmates; he is a trouble-maker and is forced by the Trunchbull to eat an entire cake in front of his class.
Amanda Thripp is another of Matilda’s classmates; she gets in trouble with Miss Trunchbull and is thrown by her pigtails.
Lavender is one of Matilda’s first friends at her new school; she is mischievous and courageous.
Rudolpho is Mrs. Wormwood’s dance partner.
Sergei is the head of the Russian mafia and doesn’t like when people underestimate his intelligence.
Other characters include:
Escapologist, Acrobat, Acrobat’s Sister, Henchmen, Teacher, Doctor, Nurse, Cook, Judge, Nigel, Eric, Alice, Hortensia, Tommy, Children’s Entertainer, Parents, Big Kids, Scary Big Kid, Little Kids
(Character descriptions from the Arts Club Theatre’s Play Guide)
“Matilda: The Musical is sure to delight audiences young and old. On the Heart-Warming Scale, it’s a 10+” –Jo Ledingham
“If ever there was a reason for moving Christmas to June, this is it. In fact, there couldn’t be a better holiday or celebration gift for any family than a visit to Matilda the Musical. It appeals to all ages, cultures and religions. It could equally appeal to educators and artists in every discipline. And advocates for human rights should love it.” –Vancouver Presents
“Matilda The Musical, the West End and Broadway hit based on Roald Dahl’s superb 1988 kids’ novel, brings together elements of The Wizard of Oz, Little Orphan Annie and Supergirl in cleverly subversive ways.” –Vancouver Sun
“A bunch of “revolting children” turn rebelling into an art form in Matilda: The Musical, which looks to be a shoo-in as Vancouver’s first big summer hit… Based on Roald Dahl’s unsentimental story of a brilliant bookworm bullied relentlessly by her parents and her school’s sadistic headmistress, it boasts truly twisted villains, delightfully unaffected child performances, and a cavalcade of showstopping song-and-dance numbers.” –The Georgia Straight
“Matilda the Musical brings depth, joy, and nasty fun to the Stanley Theatre” –Vancouver Weekly
“Matilda is one of the best shows I’ve seen at the Stanley.” -Theatre Buddy Rick Lin