Billing

Based on the book, Matilda by Roald Dahl

Requirements

You must give the authors/creators billing credits, as specified in the Production Contract, in a conspicuous manner on the first page of credits in all programs and on houseboards, displays and in all other advertising announcements of any kind.
Percentages listed indicate required type size in relation to title size.
You agree to bill the Play and the Authors in all programs (on the title page), houseboards, displays and in all advertising and all paid publicity, in the following manner:
 
Roald Dahl’s
(50%)
MATILDA
(100%)
The Musical
(50%)
Book
Music & Lyrics
DENNIS KELLY
(50%)
TIM MINCHIN
(50%)

 

All licensees shall also include the following credits on the title page of all programs for the Play, in a size of type no smaller than the credit accorded to the designers:
“Matilda was first commissioned and produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and premiered at The Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England on 9 November 2010. It transferred to the Cambridge Theatre in the West End of London on 25 October 2011 and received its US premiere at the Shubert Theatre, Broadway, USA on 4 March 2013.”

 

Licensee also agrees to provide the following credit to the orchestrator of the Play wherever customary on all programs and in all paid advertising and publicity (except for (a) classified advertisements and other small advertisements where none of the creative team other than the authors, the director, choreographer and set and costume designer are billed, (b) advertising and publicity where only the title of the Play is mentioned and/or where credit is given only to the authors and/or to the theater, and (c) radio, television and internet advertising, substantially as follows (in a size no smaller or less prominent than the largest or most prominent credit accorded to any of the designers):
Orchestrations and Additional Music – Chris Nightingale

 

All professional companies licensing the Play shall provide the following links in their programs (inclusion of the links in the Roald Dahl bio is acceptable):

 

SHORTENED BILLING:
In advertisements of 1/4 page size or less or where only the title of the play, performance dates and venue are provided, the following "shortened billing" is permissible:
Roald Dahl’s
MATILDA
The Musical
 
NOTE ON LOGO:
All first-class foreign language licensees are required to use the Dahl branded logo (which shall not, for the avoidance of doubt, be licensed for use by non-first class professional and amateur licensees).
AUTHOR/OWNER BIOS:
In addition, you agree to include the Authors’ and Roald Dahl’s approved biographies wherever biographies of any other creative team members appear.
Dennis Kelly:Work for theatre includes Debris, Osama the Hero, After the End, Love and Money, Taking Care of Baby, DNA, Orphans, The Gods Weep, and The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas. He has written the book for the new musical of Pinocchio which opens at the National Theatre at the end of 2017, and in 2018 his new play Girls and Boys opens at the Royal Court. His plays have been performed worldwide and to date have been translated into nearly forty languages. For television he co-wrote and co-created Pulling and wrote and created Utopia, and for film he wrote the screenplay for Black Sea, directed by Kevin MacDonald. He also wrote the book for the Olivier and Tony winning Matilda the Musical. In 2010 DNA became a set text on the GCSE English Literature syllabus.
 
Tim Minchin: Tim is a musician, actor, comedian, writer and director. He’s toured extensively in the US, UK and Australia, performing solo, with bands, and with symphony orchestras. He’s released five DVDs, the most recent recorded with the Heritage Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. Screen acting credits include Robin Hood Origins (2018), Secret River (2015), and Californication (Season 6 - 2013). Stage acting credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Sydney Theatre Company) and Jesus Christ Superstar (UK/Australia tours). Tim has written extensively for theatre, and is the composer-lyricist of Matilda the Musical (with Dennis Kelly) and Groundhog Day the Musical (with Danny Rubin).
 
Roald Dahl: Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG and many more of the world’s best-loved children’s stories. He remains one of the world’s greatest storytellers and is celebrated annually by the world’s biggest author-based event, Roald Dahl Day – which is recognised across the globe on 13th September.
 
His first children’s story, James and the Giant Peach, published in 1961 and was a huge hit. Every subsequent book became a best-seller.
 
Today, his stories are available in 59 languages and, by a conservative estimate, he has sold more than 250 million books. Many of these stories have also been adapted for stage and screen, including the 1971 film classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Wes Anderson’s acclaimed Fantastic Mr Fox, and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s multi-award winning production of Matilda The Musical.
Note: Licensees must include the following with the Dahl bio:
The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited
Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical

Included Materials

ItemQuantity Included
LIBRETTO/VOCAL BOOK30
PIANO VOCAL SCORE1

Production Resources

Resource
CUSTOMIZABLE SHOW POSTERS
KEYBOARD PATCH SOLUTIONS
LOGO PACK DIGITAL
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK ADULT LARGE
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK ADULT MEDIUM
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK ADULT SMALL
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK ADULT X-LARGE
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK ADULT XX-LARGE
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK CHILD LARGE
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK CHILD MEDIUM
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK CHILD SMALL
PRODUCTIONPRO
REFERENCE RECORDING

STANDARD ORCHESTRATION

InstrumentationDoubling
BASS
CELLO
FULL SCORE ACT 1
FULL SCORE ACT 2
GUITAR
KEYBOARD 1
KEYBOARD1 - CONDUCTOR SCORE
PERCUSSION
REED 1
REED 2
TROMBONE
TRUMPET
TRUMPET 2
The story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.
Show Essentials
PG
Rated
2
Acts
Casting

Casting

Cast Size: Large 21 And Up
Cast Type: Children
Dance Requirements: Standard

Show History

Inspiration

Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical, with a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, is based on the Road Dahl book, Matilda.  A children's novel that was published in 1988, it became notable in years thereafter for a film adaptation in 1996 that starred Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman.  The Royal Shakespeare Company had a desire to bring Dahl's work to the stage in 2009, so they reached out to Kelly, a writer for film and television, and Minchin, a comedian and musician, to work on the show, before beginning to assemble the creative team.

Productions

Matilda premiered at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, on December 9, 2010.  After a limited engagement of a month-and-a-half, the musical went to the West End at the Cambridge Theatre.  It was set to begin in mid-October, but heavy construction on the theatre pushed the opening back to November 24, 2011.  The Stratford cast nearly uniformly transferred to the West End, although only one of the young actresses playing Matilda stayed on.

The RSC, who were responsible for the original production, made the decision to bring the show across the pond to Broadway.  It opened on April 11, 2013, at the Shubert Theatre and featured only small changes to the material, despite some initial arguments to rework the show completely to make it more focused towards American audiences (the musical is set in England).  Bertie Carvel and Lauren Ward moved over with the show and reprised their roles as Miss Trunchbull and Miss Honey, respectively.

Cultural Influence

  • With seven Olivier Awards won in 2012, Matilda holds the record for most Olivier Awards won by a show during a single year.
  • The West End cast of Matilda has performed at both the 100th "Royal Variety Performance" event on ITV and the event Children in Need.
  • The four young actresses who alternated the role of Matilda in the Broadway production won the Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre in 2013.  They are the youngest recipients of the non-competitive award.

Trivia

  • The British productions of Matilda netted nominations for: a British Composer Award  for Tim Minchin, a Whatsonstage.com Award in 2013 and 2014 for Best West End Show, and an Olivier Award in 2013 for Most Popular Show.  The Broadway production was nominated for eleven additional Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Direction of a Musical and Best Choreography.  It also received Drama League Award- and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for Outstanding Musical.
  • Celebrities that have starred in Matilda (aside from those mentioned above) include:  Christopher Sieber (Miss Trunchbull), Adrianna Bertola (Matilda), Paul Kaye (Mr. Wormwood), Craig Bierko (Miss Trunchbull), Eleanor Worthington Cox (Matilda), Steve Furst (Mr. Wormwood), Lesli Margherita (Mrs. Wormwood), Kerry Ingram (Matilda), Taylor Trensch (Michael), Robert Madge (Reginald) and Jill Paice (Miss Honey).

Critical Reaction

"An evening of unadulterated bliss.  Writer Dennis Kelly and composer and lyricist Tim Minchin go to the top of the class with this anarchically joyous, gleefully nasty and ingenious musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's story."
– The Guardian

"The most satisfying and subversive musical ever to come out of Britain... its melding of song, dance and story it s as classic as Oklahoma! ...[Matilda The Musical] works with astonishing slyness and grace to inculcate us with its radical point of view."
– The New York Times

"You have to go back to The Lion King to find a show with as much invention, spirit and genre-redefining verve. ...Minchin, a British stand-up comedian and musician, has written a score that seems all but woven into the scenery simple but distinctive tunes, with modest orchestrations (just a few horns, percussion and piano), intricate lyrics, a touch of jazz here, or wailing rock there, but all of a piece, integral to the show and like nothing else."
– TIME Magazine

"Utterly exhilarating.... [a] balance between gleeful, grotesque, fun and heart-tugging poignancy, brilliantly drilled dynamism and warm, unforced charm."
– The Independent

"Smart, quirky and sublimely good fun. ...A moving and subtle spectacle which will have kids in stitches and adults in tears. It is guaranteed to delight anyone who s ever been a child."
– TimeOut

"Once in a blue moon, a show comes out blazing and restores your faith in Broadway. Matilda The Musical is that show."
– The New York Post

"An absolute cracker of a show, bursting with dynamism, fizzing with verve. ...Irresistible and ingenious."
– The Daily Express

"Hilarious, moving, glorious. ...This show indeed has something miraculous about it."
– The Daily Telegraph

"Easily the standout musical of the decade. ...Heart-tugging and inexpressibly moving. ...The audience are sent out of the theatre glowing with emotion."
– The Sunday Times

"This funhouse fairy tale is by turns riotous and poignant, grotesque and menacing, its campy comic exaggeration equaled only by its transporting emotional power... the show has been adapted with narrative ingenuity, wit and enormous heart by playwright Dennis Kelly... Minchin's playful lyrics can be beautiful in their simplicity or hilariously clever in their irreverence."
– The Hollywood Reporter

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