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Matilda Wormwood is the title character in Matilda the Musical.

Character 

Matilda is extraordinarily intelligent for her age, harboring a strong love for books, much unlike her dim-witted parents. She eventually develops a close bond with her teacher, Miss Honey, the first adult to recognize her abilities. She is also the first person to stand up to her fearsome headmistress, Miss Trunchbull.

Unlike the film, the musical adaptation emphasizes her imagination and ability to tell stories, rather than her telekenesis. She frequently visits Mrs. Phelps at the library to tell her the story of an incredible Acrobat and Escape Artist (originally Escapologist). Throughout the story, she discusses their new feat: "The Burning Woman Hurling Through the Air With Dynamite in Her Hair Over Sharks and Spikey Objects Caught By the Man Locked in the Cage."

Trivia 

  • The four original West End Matildas (Kerry, Sophia, Cleo and Eleanor) shared the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 2012.
  • The four original Broadway Matildas (Oona, Sophia, Bailey and Milly) were not eligible for a Tony nomination for their work; instead, they received a Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre.
  • The longest running Matildas are currently Lara Wollington and Abbie Vena.
  • Zaris-Angel Hator is the oldest Matilda ever to have played the role at thirteen years of age.
  • Matilda delivers over 2,500 words in the show.
  • Matilda commands the stage for around 1 hour and 35 minutes.
  • Matilda has a solo part in 4 songs, is in the ensemble for 3, and has 2 solo songs.
  • In the stratford upon avon production, Matilda was originally in the song Revolting Children.
  • Matildas have come from 7 different countries
  • Because of child actor labor regulations along with the demands of the role itself, it is customary for three to four girls to play the role of Matilda in most productions, with each Matilda playing two or three performances per week and standing by for another two or three.
    • Four girls currently share the role on the West End production.
    • The Broadway production opened with four girls sharing the role; by the end of its run, three girls shared the role.
    • The original Stratford production had three girls sharing the role.
    • Four girls currently share the role of Matilda in the UK and Ireland Tour

Current Matildas

West End

  • Lilly Mae Evans (September 2017- Present)
  • Sara Munday (March 2018- Present)
  • Savannah Read (September 2017-Present)
  • Olivia Wells (March 2018-Present)

UK and Ireland Tour-

  • Annalise Bradbury
  • Lara Cohen
  • Poppy Jones
  • Nicola Turner

Past Matildas

Stratford Upon Avon

NOTE: Kerry Ingram was the only Matilda to transfer onto the West End cast; Adrianna and Josie were unfortunately unable to transfer due to their height.

West End

Broadway 

NOTE: Sophia Gennusa played Matilda during its formal Broadway debut (not counting previews); Willow McCarthy played the last ever performance of Matilda on Broadway; Tori Feinstein temporarily rejoined the cast after Aviva Winwick left early.

Acrobat Tour

NOTE: Tori Feinstein temporarily joined the cast after Mia left early; Gabby Gutierrez later rejoined the tour.

Toronto

NOTE: Hannah, Jenna and Jaime continued to play Matilda on the US Acrobat Tour after their Toronto runs.

Sydney

Melbourne

  • Ingrid Torelli (January 23, 2016, March 13, 2016-November 10, 2016)
  • Alannah Parfett (February 24, 2016, March 19, 2016-November 11, 2016)
  • Dusty Bursill (February 25, 2016, April 1, 2016-November 9, 2016)
  • Tiana Mirra (February 27, 2016, March 16, 2016-November 10, 2016)

NOTE: Ingrid, Alannah, Dusty, and Tiana all had their debuts in Sydney.

Brisbane/Perth/Adelaide/Auckland

NOTE: The Brisbane Matildas also went to Auckland, New Zealand

The Philippines

  • Esang De Torres
  • Uma Martin
  • Felicity Napuli

NOTE: The Philippines production of Matilda the Musical was a licensed production and wasn't produced by the RSC, so it is no often considered an actual production of Matilda the Musical

United Kingdom and Ireland Tour

  • Annalise Bradbury
  • Lara Cohen
  • Poppy Jones
  • Nicola Turner

Korea

TO BE ANNOUNCED

NOTE: The Korean production will be the first production of Matilda the Musical to be performed in a language other from English.

Songs

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Kerry Ingram portraying Matilda

Matilda performs in the following songs (Italicized text denotes songs in which she has a solo part, old songs indicate that it is Matilda's solo song)-