Do You Dare to Take a Seat?


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

Designed and built by the set and costume designer for the show, Rob Howell, the iconic headmistress’ chair is positioned in Southampton City Library from the 14 May for a few weeks to delight shoppers and add to Southampton’s 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 Mayflower Theatre which is home to Matilda The Musical from 11 June to 6 July 2019.

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Matilda The Musical is written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, 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.

Matilda The Musical has now been seen by 8 million people worldwide, having toured to over 68 cities and played more than 6000 performances in the West End, on Broadway and on tour across North America, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical is also now touring the UK and Ireland. The tour began performances in March at Leicester Curve and went on to Manchester Palace Theatre where it played until 24 November. Running until 17 August 2019, the tour previews in Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre tonight and will go on to play Theatre Royal Plymouth, the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, Edinburgh Playhouse, The Bristol Hippodrome, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton and Norwich Theatre Royal.

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.

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.

Tickets for Matilda The Musical are on sale via Mayflower Theatre Box Office tel: 02380 711811 or online at Ovation Restaurant bookings: 02380 711833

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