MATILDA THE MUSICAL Announces Olivier Award-winner Bertie Carvel to Play Miss Trunchbull on Broadway

Photo by Rich Hardcastle.

The producers of Roald Dahl’s MATILDA THE MUSICAL announced today that Olivier Award-winner Bertie Carvel will reprise the role of Miss Trunchbull in the Broadway production of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s eagerly anticipated musical which begins performances on March 4 and opens on April 11 at the Shubert Theatre (235 West 44th Street).  Carvel received rave reviews for his iconic performance and won the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

Carvel’s performance as Trunchbull was hailed as “devastatingly original” by Time Out London, “at once terrifying and hilarious” by the Daily Telegraph,” and “a gem” by The Times (London).  The Daily Telegraph called it “a comic tour-de-force” and The New York Times called it “wonderfully unwinking.”

Carvel, who attended RADA, has quietly emerged as one of the most extraordinary British actors of his generation. Often totally unrecognizable from one role to the next, his work has been consistently acclaimed by the critics and recognized year after year in the major awards nominations.    He received his first Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical in 2008, as the lead in the original London cast of Rob Ashford’s Parade at the Donmar Warehouse. He also starred in the Royal Court’s Olivier Award-winning show The Pride in 2009 and gave a memorably haunting performance in Rope for the Almeida Theatre in 2010.  Other  theater credits include the Rufus Norris/Damon Albarn collaboration Doctor Dee for the Manchester International Festival; Damned By Despair, The Man of Mode, The Life of Galileo and Coram Boy, all for the Royal National Theatre.  On screen, Bertie has played a series of memorable roles: most recently as the detestable banker Seb Wilkes in Sherlock, the amicable Uncle Neville in Just William and the lascivious Ashwell in The Crimson Petal and the White, all for the BBC. Other TV credits include Hidden, Dr Who and The Genius of Beethoven, also for the BBC.  Bertie has recorded over 50 radio plays with the BBC, narrated audiobooks and read collections of poetry, as well as performing on the original cast albums for Parade, Matilda and Doctor Dee. He also voices the ongoing series of the Star Wars: The Old Republic computer game for Lucas Films. In 2013, Bertie will be seen playing opposite Anne Hathaway as Bamatabois in Tom Hooper’s feature film adaptation of Les Misérables.

Bertie Carvel is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association.

Additional casting will be announced in the future.

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