Craige Els stars as the petrifying Trunchbull in Matilda the Musical

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When it comes to legendary Road Dahl villains, Matilda’s Miss Trunchbull has to be amongst the most fearsomely illustrious. News has emerged Craige Els will take over playing the heavyweight headmistress…

Craige Els with Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly 

From September 2014 Craige Els will star as ‘The Trunchbull’ at the Cambridge Theatre. Els will replace Alex Gaumond who has played the petrifying Crunchem Hall headmistress for a year.

Els has starred in a number of musicals including Mamma Mia! At the Novello Theatre, Spamalot in the West End and Oklahoma at the Chichester Festival Theatre. He has also appeared in National Theatre productions of The Cherry Orchard and Timon of Athens. The versatile actor also has TV roles under his performing credentials, having appeared in the BBC dramas Call The Midwife and Ripper Street.

Additional new cast members

Craige Els isn’t the only new cast addition joining Matilda the Musical. Violet Tucker and Matilda Shapland will join Lotie Sicilia and Tasha Chapple in the title role starting in September. James Clyde and Kay Murphy will continue to play Matilda’s ruthless money-obsessed parents and Harley Flaherty remains playing Matilda’s much-loved teacher Miss Honey.

An interview with Craige Els

In an interview with Tim Minchin, who is the musician and composer in Matilda the Musical and playwright Dennis Kelly who wrote the musical, Craige Els talks of his forthcoming role as the new Trunchbull. Craige admits he has never played a woman before and says if there was another Road Dahl character he’d like to play it would be George out of George’s Marvellous Medicine.

The full interview with Craige Els can be viewed here.

An award-winning musical

Thrilling audiences of both young and old, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda the Musical continues to pack the auditorium at the Cambridge Theatre. Since it transferred to the West End in November 2011 Matilda the Musical has been seen by almost 1.5 million people.

During its run at Stratford-upon-Avon, London and New York, this compellingly entertaining musical has received 50 awards, including winning a record-breaking seven awards at the 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards.

With Craige Els stepping into Miss Trunchbull’s forceful shoes and slinging her mighty shot put, Matilda the Musical promises to enthral, terrify and captivate another long line of audiences at the Cambridge Theatre. Click here for tickets!