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Matilda The Musical Extends as Once Closes in the West End

Thursday, 9th Oct 2014  

Two Popular musicals Make Big Announcements Regarding their West End Futures

Two of the West End’s most talked-about shows have announcements to make this week as Matilda The Musical, the acclaimed adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel, is set to further extend its run at the Cambridge Theatre and Once The Musical, based on the 2007 film, announces its closure at the Phoenix Theatre.

Matilda The Musical has been earning rave reviews ever since it was first witnessed at the RSC’s Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and this reception followed it to the West End where it replaced Chicago at the Cambridge Theatre. The award-winning production is also well known thanks to its music, which is penned by the famous comedian Tim Minchin and has allowed it to become one of the most talked-about shows in recent years, with its latest booking extension a testament to that fact.

It is the famous Roald Dahl story about a young girl with an extraordinary gift. Not only does she have intellectual prowess, she also has telekinetic powers as well. This of course means that she is able to put People in their place when they have done something wrong, but it also means that she is able to get past the obstacles that wind up in front of her.

Following its latest booking extension, Matilda The Musical is now running at the Cambridge Theatre in London’s West End for dates up to Sunday 20th December 2015.

Meanwhile, Once The Musical will be doing the opposite in March 2015 as it comes to a close at the Phoenix Theatre. The production opened at the venue last year and has seen many big names take on lead roles, including Doctor Who’s Arthur Darvill (recently announced for Treasure Island at the Lyttelton National Theatre) and upcoming star Ronan Keating, but now it has been revealed that Keating will be the final star to bring the character of Guy to life onstage, at least for now.

Once tells the story of a Czech immigrant and her relationship with an Irish busker in Dublin. It is based on the film of the same name and has earned wide acclaim.

It will now continue at the Phoenix Theatre until Saturday 21st March 2015. 

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