Matilda

Official website: http://uk.matildathemusical.com

Timeline

Original London Cast Footage

Creative Team

Book: Dennis Kelly
Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin
Director: Matthew Warchus
Orchestrator & Music Supervision: Chris Nightingale
Set Designer: Rob Howell
Lighting Designer: Hugh Vanstone
Sound Designer: Simon Baker
Illusions & Special Effects: Paul Kieve

Lighting Cues

There are over 700 cued lighting cues during the show, along with another few hundred ‘follow-on’ cues which run automatically.
The School Song has such precise lighting cues that it runs on timecode. A time signal started by the musical director in the pit sends signals to the lighting desk which triggers the cues with no human intervention. However, if there’s a problem with the timecode signal, or if it doesn’t get started properly, the lighting operators have to take over manually, and have to learn the cues during the song as there’s no chance of the DSM cueing them.

Automation

The desks which rise up through the stage floor have a high degree of safety built in. As child performers are involved, there can be no chance of an injury. As well as there being chaperones in the wings watching each child, the desks have safety-edges, which automatically stop the moving scenery if something is in the wrong place. This is so sensitive it can be triggered by the paper aeroplanes which get thrown around the stage. This has caused a show stop on a few occasions (when the automation system ‘E-Stops’ and needs to be reset before the show can continue).

 

Creative Team Chat (2011)

Behind the Scenes at Matilda in London (2013)

Matildas performing at The Olivier Awards, 2012

Eleanor Worthington-Cox, Cleo Demetriou, Kerry Ingram and Sophia Kiely

When I Grow Up – The Royal Variety Show, 2012