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Matilda writers Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly awarded honorary degrees from Mountview

Dennis Kelly, Neil Ward (Pro-vice-chancellor of the University of East Anglia, which validates Mountview courses) and Tim Minchin. Photo: Robin Savage Dennis Kelly, Neil Ward (Pro-vice-chancellor of the University of East Anglia, which validates Mountview courses) and Tim Minchin. Photo: Robin Savage
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Matilda writers Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly have been awarded honorary degrees from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

The pair, whose musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s story is currently running in the West End and on Broadway, were honoured for their outstanding contribution to arts in the UK.

Matilda the Musical, which originated at the Royal Shakespeare Company, has music and lyrics by Minchin and a book by Kelly.

They each became an honorary doctor of letters in a ceremony at the Cambridge Theatre this week, where the show has been running since 2011.

Mountview principal and artistic director Stephen Jameson said the degrees, given to individuals of “distinction in the arts”, were a celebration of Minchin and Kelly’s creation.

“It is fantastic to be able to celebrate Tim and Dennis at the theatre in which their modern masterpiece of musical theatre, Matilda, has met huge success. Both this year’s honorary graduates encapsulate the spirit of Mountview – talent, collaboration and versatility,” he said.

Minchin is currently working with the Old Vic on his latest musical, Groundhog Day, while Kelly’s theatre writing also includes Orphans, Our Teacher’s a Troll and The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas.

Previous recipients of honorary degrees at Mountview include Judi Dench, Roy Williams and Howard Goodall.

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