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Stars attend opening night of Matilda The Musical in Birmingham - in photos

By Rebecca Stanley | Theatre & Comedy | Published:

Stars flocked to Birmingham last night for the opening of Matilda The Musical at the Hippodrome.

Alison Hammond and Sandra Martin from Goggglebox at the premiere of Matilda The Musical at Birmingham Hippodrome. Photo by: Simon Hadley

GoggleBox's Sandra Martin, This Morning's Alison Hammond, and Bishop of Birmingham David Urqhuart were all in attendance at the show.

Doctors' stars Sarah Moyle, Ian Midlane, Laura Rollins, Bharti Patel, Jan Pearson and Lorna Laidlaw also attending the first night of the musical.

The hit musical, based on the Roald Dahl novel, has won over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical.

Matilda tells the tale of an extraordinarily gifted young girl, held back by her uneducated, ignorant family. She and her schoolmates are tormented and bullied by the evil Miss Trunchbull - but, with the help of her magical abilities and an extra special teacher, she rescues her fellow schoolchildren and finds happiness for herself.

The cast includes the likes of Craige Els as Miss Trunchbull, Rebecca Thornhill as Mrs Wormwood, Carly Thoms as Miss Honey, and Sebastian Torkia as Mr Wormwood.

Ian Midlane, Laura Rollins, Bharti Patel, Jan Pearson and Sarah Moyle at the premiere of Matilda The Musical at Birmingham Hippodrome. Photo by: Simon Hadley

Sharing the title role of Matilda are Annalise Bradbury, Lara Cohen, Poppy Jones and Nicola Turner.

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The production is written by playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin, and direction by Matthew Warchus.

Matilda The Musical premiered at the RSC’s The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2010.

Matilda The Musical cast at the premiere of Matilda The Musical at Birmingham Hippodrome. Photo by: Simon Hadley

The multi-award winning show, which has gained accolades from The Critics' Circle Awards and the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, heads to Birmingham Hippodrome from July 3 to September 8.

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Rebecca Stanley

By Rebecca Stanley
@becci_star

Entertainment journalist for Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Contact me: rebecca.stanley@expressandstar.co.uk

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