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Event: ‘Standout musical of the decade’ Matilda comes to Hong Kong for extended season

The ever-popular Roald Dahl classic Matilda hit the West End in 2011, and is now coming to Hong Kong’s Lyric Theatre for the first time this Autumn.

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Acclaimed as the “standout musical of the decade,” the season has been extended by two weeks by popular demand.

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“It is a joyous, rebellious, uplifting and ingenious musical which has won the hearts of audiences wherever it has played, and I’m sure Hong Kong theatre-goers will find it irresistible too,” said Lunchbox Theatrical Productions chief James Dundall.

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The production has garnered five-star reviews across the board and won over 90 international awards. Over 9 million people have seen the show in London.

The musical follows Matilda, a precocious 5-year-old girl who loves reading and learning, but is suppressed by her TV-obsessed parents who pay her little attention. As she grows up she begins to resist the challenges and obstacles presented to her, learning that sometimes you have to b e a “little bit naughty” in order to get through life. As she begins to master living with her family, her world is thrown into disarray as she starts a new school under the tyrannous grip of Headteacher Miss Trunchbull. Seeking solace in the library in a world of her imagination and creation, Matilda forms strong bonds with adults such as Librarian Mrs Phelps and her class teacher Miss Honey. Together they give her the confidence to embrace her special gift and individuality which is needed to reclaim her life.

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Commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and with an original score by Tim Minchin, the show opens on September 20 and runs for a full month in Wan Chai.

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With an incredible cast of performers, Matilda inspires and delights audiences both young and old. The timeless story of a small girl’s determination to challenge those above her for the greater good, combined with Roald Dahl’s signature wit and naughtiness, makes this an unforgettable West End musical.

Show details:

  • When: Shows run from September 20 until October 20, 2019. Tuesday to Friday at 7:30pm; Saturday at 2pm and 7:30pm; and Sunday at 1pm and 6pm.
  • Where: Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wanchai
  • Tickets: From HK$445 via HKTicketing.com Packages for a family of four start at HK$1,980, and student packages start at HK$495.

Event: 'Standout musical of the decade' Matilda comes to Hong Kong for extended season