Bertie Carvel to reprise Trunchbull in Broadway Matilda

Matilda has helped the RSC achieve income of £61.3 million. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Oliver award-winning actor Bertie Carvel will make his Broadway debut on March 14, 2013 when the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda the Musical begins performances at the Shubert Theatre in New York City.

Carvel, who will be appearing courtesy of US Actors’ Equity Association, is set to reprise the role of Miss Trunchbull, a part he first played in the UK production of the show and which won him the 2012 Olivier Award for best actor in a musical.

Matilda, which is based on the children’s book by Roald Dahl, was commissioned by the RSC in 2010, and had its initial run in Stratford-upon-Avon from November 2011 to January 2012. The show subsequently transferred to the West End in October 2011 where it continues to play to sold-out houses. Matilda also earned a record-breaking seven 2012 Olivier Awards, including one for best musical; as well as a joint best actress in a musical award for the four girls who shared the title role.

Carvel’s other theatre credits include Parade at the Donmar Warehouse, The Pride at the Royal Court and Rope at the Almedia. He also appeared in Doctor Dee for the Manchester International Festival; and Damned by Despair, The Man of Mode, the Life of Galileo and Coram Boy, all for the National Theatre. He received an Olivier nomination for best actor in a musical for his performance in Parade.

Directed by Tony award-winning director Matthew Warchus, with a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, Matilda has a Broadway opening date of April 11, 2013. Further New York casting will be announced in the coming weeks. Matilda has sets and costumes by Rob Howell, choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and music supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone and sound by Simon Baker.