Matilda the Musical is heading to Adelaide!

Adelaide, you’re in luck. Following the announcement of the 2016 Helpmann Award nominations, which the production dominated with a record of thirteen, it has been announced that Matilda the Musical will play Adelaide from May 20, 2017, following its seasons in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth. This will be a strictly limited eight week season.

When I Grow Up: Australian cast of Matilda The Musical. Image by James Morgan
When I Grow Up: Australian cast of Matilda The Musical. Image by James Morgan


This season is being described as the jewel in the crown as part of the 2017 Adelaide Cabaret Festival.  Co-Artistic Directors Eddie Perfect and Ali McGregor made the special announcement tonight at the closing gala of the 2016 festival, The Last Galah, which was an evening of Australian song, and included a special performance from Matilda’s James Millar.


Matilda The Musical is based on the beloved novel by best-selling author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox). It is the story of an extraordinary girl who changes not just her life, but the life of everyone around her. In my review of the Sydney season last year, I said: “This is a show that captures the sensation of wonder, a feeling that’s harder to come across as an adult, and presents it to us as something of a panacea; life is difficult, says Matilda the Musical; here, take this, and feel replenished.”




 Matilda will play the Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre from May 2017. Ticketing details to follow. Waitlist for Perth and Adelaide tickets now at


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